A history Book about events in the recent past from November 2020 to January 2021.
It’s hard to know where to start, perhaps with “your voters believe whatever you tell them to believe” as Donald Trump was informed by a pollster.
In the days and weeks after the 3rd November 2020 election, Donald Trump was slowly deserted by his aides, staff, and any legal people who valued their future career. Despite being an incredibly wealthy man, the only lawyer who truly wanted to work with Donald Trump was Rudy Giuliani. It was Giuliani who first suggested that the election had been stolen.
The book has some telling quotes about Donald Trump removing organisation, strategy, method, rationale, and conscious decision making from the highest level of government. Michael Wolff postulates that it’s the absence of intent and the swings of mania and irrationality that held people enthralled by the farce played out in front of them.
The most telling thing for me is towards the end of the book where Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is being described. The claim by The Democrats was that when Donald Trump spoke on 6th January to the crowds in Washington DC he was intending to start an insurrection. Michael Wolff says it was a dramatic leap to credit Donald Trump with intent. It suggested an ability to join cause and effect, and the logic of a plan, that anyone who knew him or had worked with him certainly understood he did not possess.
It’s strange how sometimes coincidences occur. After I finished reading this book I continued to read a book about The Gnostics which contained the following line – “The Ancients were more at home with myth than we are and the supposed contradictions between literal truth and myth would not have been such a concern to them”. After reading Landslide, I wonder whether myth is making a return or indeed whether it’s ever been away from us.
Landslide is recommended reading and I will certainly read Michael Wolff’s other books in the course of time.
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