Is there something what you might read about Donald Trump at this point that would shock you?
This is a question intended mainly for people who oppose or despise squarelie to him. But I could offer a version to people in his corner: is there something that could make you change your mind?
I am almost sure the answer in both cases is no. Trump is by far the most exposed and scrutinized political figure of the past quarter century, if not more. Most of his skeletons are out of the closet - damn it, they're dancing in the Mar-a-Loco ballroom. American voters decided a long time ago whether they should gasp, shrug or clap a monster mash.
So why is there- there such a an appetite for books on Trump - in particular, about his deranged final months as President? This morning I checked Amazon's chart of the most popular new non-fictional releases.ndues, and the second, third and fourth places were occupied by, in order, " Only I can fix it ", by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker; " Landslide ", by Michael Wolff; and " Frankly, we won this election ", by Michael Bender. And they are not the last word. There is still more books on Trump to come.
I do not question the importance of Trump as subject . He was president of this country His ability to get elected to this position, the degree of support he maintained and the manner in which he conducted himself are all to be remembered for history - so that we can better understand each other, our American compatriots and our country.
But I think they have been commemorated. It's not like the daily and weekly publications and TV shows haven't dug all of this. s. Readers who clamor for and turn to these books aren't so much about learning as they are about marinating. They want to may their indignation be approved once again. They want their views to bevalidated again. And, if I can mix the food phors, they want icing on the cake of their disgust for what has happened in four shameful years.
There is nothing wrong with that. After what we've all been through, anything that offers anyone a measure of catharsis has a justification. But there's nothing particularly good about it either. It has more potential for driving chasms than for building bridges.
The # 1 bestseller among non-fictional novelties today where I was viewing the Amazon site? “American Marxism,” by Mark Levin, whose right-wing political views can be as exaggerated as this title. It's a screed in its own right, surely bought by readers who want to marinate in the fury of bookstores.
No. 5? "How I Saved the World ", by Jesse Watters of Fox News, whose humility m 'moving and whose goal is not to save anything but to exploit
I increasingly doubt that such are bridgeable. How to reach the fantastic island inhabited by the many Republicans whose, uh, relaxed relationship with the truth leads to demanding that any investigation into the January 6 insurgency watch carefully Democratic Evil and Guilt?
This is an issue on which the very future of our democracy may depend. And this is the book I want to read the most.
Frank Bruni ( @FrankBruni ) is a professor of public policy at Duke University, author of the forthcoming book "The Beauty of Dusk ", and a contributing Editor of opinion. He writes a weekly e-mail newsletter and is located on Twitter , Instagram and Facebook .
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