3 out of 4 stars
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In Fool Me Once Trump, Shame on Me; Fool Me Twice, Shame On You, Rathin Neogy presents a compelling case for why the current president should not be re-elected. Neogy examines Trump's abuse of power, reshaping of the Republican party, and law and order rhetoric against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis, racial injustice protests, and a country that remains divided.
As might be surmised from the title, the book targets Biden-Harris supporters and undecided voters. Neogy's warnings about the dangers of re-electing Trump are supported by documentation of his frequent abuse of power. He chronicles Trump's response to COVID-19 and his constant undermining of the WHO and the CDC. Neogy contrasts Trump's leadership with men like Obama, McCain, Romney, and Biden. The book contains an instance of borderline profanity. I will also note that the Amazon listing includes an incorrect page length of 121 pages compared to the actual 185 pages.
I especially like Neogy's presentation of facts from reputable cited sources about Trump's actions. Neogy provides pages of examples that are difficult to dispute, including Trump's intentional spreading of misinformation, campaign rhetoric, and negligence in handling both the pandemic and widespread racial unrest. He explains The Lincoln Project and also addresses why many lifelong Republicans can no longer support the platform during the upcoming election, including Mitt Romney and Cindy McCain. On a personal note, I can relate. Trump may tout his support from Texans, evangelical Christians, and suburban women, but although I fall into these three groups categorically, he will not have my vote.
I appreciate Neogy's concern and passion for the election and the future of the United States, but I dislike that his zealous writing style sometimes comes across as ranting. Although I agree with most of his conclusions, I wonder if his tone may inadvertently turn away the undecided voters he is hoping to influence. Likewise, since Trump often resorts to name-calling, Neogy stoops to his level when he refers to him as a "low-life."
Additionally, the book needs another round of editing; it contains multiple grammatical errors, and the table of contents is rife with inconsistent capitalization. Among the many subtitles, some are written in title case, while others include randomly capitalized words.
For all of the above reasons, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the need for further editing and Neogy's tendency to rant, the carefully researched book portrays an accurate depiction of Trump's performance as a president. I would not recommend it to Trump supporters. However, given the upcoming election timeline, the book may appeal to readers who are not usually interested in books about politics.
Fool Me Once Trump, shame on me; Fool me twice, shame on you
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