I've now read RAGE by Woodward and COMPROMISED by Strzok and DISLOYAL by Cohen and TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH by Mary Trump and TRUE CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS by Toobin and TRIGGERED by Don Jr. -- ask me anything.

(Except why I do this to myself.)
One weird thing is how you start seeing connections everywhere... for instance, Mary Trump’s book shows how terribly Fred Trump (Donald’s father) treated Freddy (Donald’s older brother). Then a few books later, in Cohen’s book, you see it’s similar to how Donald treats Don Jr.
To those asking how these books might affect the election, I’d say maybe just in a cumulative sense, in that they cement certain traits about Trump. But they’re traits we well know. So who knows? Whoever wins, writers will point to stuff after the fact and make up a narrative! 😉
Lots of mockery of TRIGGERED and I agree it’s a bad book. But the one thing that struck me is that it reads like Don Jr’s 2024 campaign book. I explained in my review: washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/0…
And btw, I’ve written a book about the books of the Trump era. It’s out in October 6. Unfortunately I was not able to squeeze in all these last ones — I think the last one I snuck in was Hoax by @brianstelter. The book is called WHAT WERE WE THINKING: bookshop.org/books/what-wer…

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From mission statement:
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