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Writers Bloc Presents Washington Post Reporters Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig on A Very Stable Genius

Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig Writers Bloc Event

Washington Post Reporters Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig on A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America

Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Phil Rucker and National Investigative Reporter Carol Leonnig have racked up Pulitzers and more George Polk Awards for investigative, national, and political reporting than can comfortably fit on any mantlepiece. You see them on MSNBC and on NBC as political analysts. In their new book, A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America, Rucker and Leonnig assert that the White House is not just a hive of chaos and unintended disorder– but that the disorder does in fact show patterns and meaning.  In their years covering Washington, Rucker and Leonnig have amassed highly placed sources who share information and insight about the Mueller investigations, the President’s interactions with foreign leaders, and his relationships with members of the Cabinet and members of Congress. 

In conversation with NBC and MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff. He has reported extensively on climate change, the opioid crisis, and the complex issues relating to the U.S.-Mexican border.

Tickets for the event available here.


Event Date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:30pm
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School
3131 W. Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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ISBN: 9781984877499
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Published: Penguin Press - January 21st, 2020

Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump's unique presidency with shocking new reporting and insight into its implications.


"I alone can fix it." So went Donald J. Trump's march to the presidency on July 21, 2016, when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, promising to restore what he described as a fallen nation. Yet over the subsequent years, as he has undertaken the actual work of the commander in chief, it has been hard to see beyond the daily chaos of scandal, investigation, and constant bluster. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump's first term for one of pure and uninhibited chaos, but there were patterns to his behavior and that of his associates. The universal value of the Trump administration is loyalty - not to the country, but to the president himself - and Trump's North Star has been the perpetuation of his own power, even when it meant imperiling our shaky and mistrustful democracy.


Leonnig and Rucker, with deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., tell of rages and frenzies but also moments of courage and perseverance. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with some of the most senior members of the Trump administration and other firsthand witnesses, the authors reveal the forty-fifth president up close, taking readers inside Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as well as the president's own haphazard but ultimately successful legal defense. Here for the first time certain officials who have felt honor-bound not to publicly criticize a sitting president or to divulge what they witnessed in a position of trust tell the truth for the benefit of history.


This peerless and gripping narrative reveals President Trump at his most unvarnished and exposes how decision making in his administration has been driven by a reflexive logic of self-preservation and self-aggrandizement - but a logic nonetheless. This is the story of how an unparalleled president has scrambled to survive and tested the strength of America's democracy and its common heart as a nation.