Dan Alexander’s latest is White House, Inc., a well-informed and astute look at President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.In an age of irreverent pop culture, long-form books about Trump’s early days provide an understanding of the man as a tough, conniving, juvenile-like leader. The titles haven’t always been kind, such as Lewis Carroll’s The White Rabbit, Trump!, and a 1972 Harvey Mudd College book, The Fabulous Mark Twain, Trump!
In his most recent writing, Alexander seems to be trying to eliminate the irony by positing that the GOP is smartly avoiding impeachment of Trump.
At least he doesn’t do that in this book.
In White House, Inc., Alexander gets to know his subject with little information, and not always a good one. To do so, he consults old accounts of the Trump era — including interviews with himself — as well as from those who got a feel for Trump. It is as if Trump himself were both a character in the book and a documentary film.
From the start, Alexander presents the sort of cautionary tale that will keep his readers from taking Trump to their hearts. In one particularly ominous passage, Alexander recalls a 1996 meeting in which a Mafia hit man threatened Trump. Alexander sees the 1993 Impeachment Game movie — think Lester Holt’s Heroes of Cesar Chavez. But the movie doesn’t give a good clue to how this would turn out.
Time will tell whether the optimism of 1992 will be remembered as a turning point for Trump or as a turbulent one for the country.
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