Jonathan Karl tells the story of Trump's downfall, complete with behind-the-scenes accounts of some of the darkest days in the history of the American presidency and packed with original reporting and on-the-record interviews with central figures in this drama who are telling their stories for the first time.
Karl’s sobering, solid, account of Trump’s last year in office sheds new light on how the man who lost the presidency nearly succeeded in overthrowing the 2020 election. Anyone who thinks that 'it can’t happen here,' ought to read this book ... Karl prides himself on his scoops, which have gotten lots of play in the media, but even more valuable is his coolheaded narrative ... At times, Karl blames this bedlam on the people around Trump rather than the president himself ... Many people in these pages, including Pence, stood up to Trump, and Karl tells their story well. But when Karl states 'the system held. Democracy prevailed,' the image of the raptors in Jurassic Park testing the fences for weaknesses comes to mind.
Riveting and horrifying ... Karl gets members of Trump’s cabinet to speak on the record. They paint a portrait of a wrath-filled president, untethered from reality, bent on revenge ... Betrayal concludes with words of warning. Karl rightly contends that Trump’s 'betrayal' of American democracy highlighted 'just how vulnerable' the system is.
Aghast and incredulous, Karl exhausts his supply of synonyms; this final act of the expiring Trump regime is nuts, weird, crazy, kooky and bonkers ... Karl’s anecdotes offer some sharp insights into Trump’s compulsions.