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Title of Book: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Mental Health Experts Assess Donald Trump
Editor of Book: Bandy Lee, MD
Review: The book got started this way: there are some 800 mental health experts in the U.S. who acknowledge their alarming fears about President Trump’s mental health. Dr. Lee asked them for professional diagnostic essays about him for a book.

Hundreds applied. Thus, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.”

The various diagnoses in the book are based on his public history, words and deeds, ranging from his rage reactions, sociopathic tendencies, narcissism, bullying, infidelities, immaturity, pathological lying, prejudice, excessive need to be liked, his disdain for the weak, undermining news he disagrees with as “fake news,” his sense of his own omnipotency (“Only I can …”), etc. Indeed, as one of the 27 writes, “His relationship with the truth is perverted.”

Of the many clinical diagnoses describing the status of Trump’s mental health, the one used most often in the book is malignant narcissist, i.e., a self-centered dangerous person. As one doctor puts it, “To say merely that he is dangerous is an understatement.”

The abiding danger of Trump in the book is that he has his finger on the nuclear button. As one of the writers says, “The world as we know it could cease with a 3 a.m. nuclear tweet.”

Reviewed by: Gerard Brooker, Ed.D.

Title of Book: The Agency series: A Spy in the House
Author of Book: Y. S. Lee
Review: Alone in England in 1853, Mary Quinn is 12 years old and arrested for stealing. As a consequence for stealing, Mary faces disposal. Luckily, she is not disposed of, but rather she is rescued by the Academy for Girls. In the Academy she is educated and offered employment. She takes a job as a companion for a spoiled rich young adult who does not want a companion. Mary’s life becomes very interesting and complicated. She is drawn into a deceitful life with the rich, but she turns everything around for the better in the end.
Star Rating (out of 5): ★★★★★
Reviewed by: Laura B.

Title of Book: The Happiness Project
Author of Book: Gretchen Rubin
Review: A tutorial to talk you through various areas of your life so that you can be … HAPPIER! 🙂 Provides a brief outline and at the end, the author gives you her website, which provides additional resources.
Star Rating (out of 5): ★★★★☆
Reviewed by: Kristin R.