Authoritarian Nightmare

Authoritarian Nightmare

Trump and His Followers

Book - 2020
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"How did America end up with a leader who acts so crudely and despotically, and counter to our democratic principles? Why do his followers stick with him, even when he acts against their own interests? To fully understand, John Dean, a man with a history of standing up to autocratic presidents, joined with Bob Altemeyer, a professor of psychology with a unique area of expertise: Authoritarianism. Relying on social science findings and psychological diagnostic tools (such as the "Power Mad Scale" and the "Con Man Scale"), as well as research and analysis from the Monmouth University Polling Institute (one of America's most respected public opinion research foundations), the authors provide us with an eye-opening understanding of the Trump phenomenon -- and how we may be able to stop it." --
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY :, Melville House,, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781612199054
Branch Call Number: 973.933092 Dean
Characteristics: xv, 352 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Altemeyer, Bob 1940-


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Oct 21, 2020

I seriously scary, yet educational book to read. It is one that should be required reading in high school they still call it civics? and college history classes.

Dean recounts much of what has already been reported about Donald Trump and how he is disregarded the constitution and the core beliefs of our democracy. Along with Bob Altemeyer, a retired professor of psychology, he delves into the psychological currents that led to Trump being the way he is. They describe the psychological tests and evaluations they base their theory on.

They then go on to discuss Trump's followers and that it is not that Trump himself is such a fabulous leader -- indeed they go into detail about why he is such a failed leader -- but that the people who follow him would follow anyone who told them what they want to hear. Dean warns readers throughout that even with Trump gone, his followers will not only look for the next authoritarian to lead them, but there is probably one who is actually smart who is waiting in the wings to step in to rule.

The ending of the book doesn't leave the reader with much hope for the future even if Trump is voted out of office. But the authors do encourage us to be vigilant and we might, as Franklin essentially said, keep our democracy.


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