AMERICA IN CRISIS: Essays on the Failed Presidency of Donald J. Trump
In a series of real time, as-it-happened focused, literate essays, Shearer rips the scab off the wrongs President Trump has wrought on America. Then she adds a healing poultice—what we can do to prevent another ‘Trump’ from happening, how we can reunite the people, and restore our country again.
This is a work that sorely needed to be written
This is a work that sorely needed to be written. Sorely in the sense we need to be reminded just how mind-numbing the cascade of insults to rationality, common sense and decency has rendered the body politic. Everyone needs to read this book, which catalogs stunning political malfeasance, as a reminder of just how ordinary extraordinary pathological behavior at the highest level has become.
—James R. Ukockis, Phd. Senior Economist, U.S. Department of the Treasure (Ret.)
A gripping account of how the water got hotter and the frog survived. (so far)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 9, 2020
In a series of articles starting in the election year when there was still a semblance of normality in United States politics, the author charts the course that has led the country to where it now stands in early 2020.
The unbelievability of how the situation got to where it is sadly believable.
A well written account by an author who clearly knows her stuff. Kudos to her for not wielding the editorial knife and cutting some of her earlier predictions that ‘this cannot go one much longer.’ It did.
And scarily, maybe it still can.
I enjoyed it.
“In her own inimical way, Marsha Shearer has addressed many of the actions of Donald J. Trump that have been the cornerstone of his presidency.
“In her own inimical way, Marsha Shearer has addressed many of the actions of Donald J. Trump that have been the cornerstone of his presidency. Her essays characterize his issuance of outrageous tweets as both creating daily chaos and stoking hatred and fear. While clearly a foe of this President’s actions, Shearer focuses her attention on the declining participation in elections and advocates revisionist thinking for both political parties to provide voters with better candidates to lead America’s future. BRAVO!!!”
—Douglas Hughes, Trade Association Executive and Lobbyist (Ret). Instructor on the U.S. Constitution and the Founding Documents.
Shearer chronicles her intellectual and emotional response
“In this book, Shearer chronicles her intellectual and emotional response as she comes to grips with the enormity of the Trump presidency. These essays shine a light on significant issues and offer hope as well as suggestions for their remediation. In sum, this book puts into perspective the dangers posed by Trump’s behavior; by allowing them to pass unchallenged risks them becoming the ‘new normal.’ Shearer’s essays provide that challenge.”
—Roger F. Cooper, Author of Impressions, Doctor of Psychology, former President of National Psychologists in Management.
Future historians will debate and judge
“Future historians will debate and judge the long term effects of the Trump presidency on the nation and the world; in this series of essays, Marsha Shearer offers a provocative early contribution to that debate. Her analysis and arguments are thorough, well-considered, cogently argued and cover a wide range of policies, actions and decisions, ultimately passing a devastating critique on President Trump and his administration. Whether one agrees with her conclusions or not, these essays set a high bar for both supportive and countervailing analyses of the Trump years.
—Dr. Mark D. Welton, S.J.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Law, United States Military Academy
Vivid, insightful set of essays
These vivid, insightful set of essays by a clearly gifted writer are truly remarkable. Shearer’s marvelously detailed and engaging entries chronicle the time just prior to the 2016 election through much of the first three years of Trump’s administration. The universal appeal of these essays stems from its riveting blend of the particulars of life during the Trump era while living in Trump country; the result is that reading these well-written and engaging essays serves as a cathartic experience for the rest of us.
—Sue Dubman, Brown University; Bioinformatics, Cancer Research Specialty Vice President and Senior Director Positions at the National Cancer Institute and the University of California-San Francisco (Ret.)
She wrote so she would not forget
I have enjoyed reading Shearer’s opinion pieces for the past several years; now she has expanded them and turned them into a series of essays on the Trump Administration outlining her serious concerns. The clarity of her writing is only surpassed by her clarity of thinking. She says she wrote so she would not forget. I hope as you read them you will not forget the events of the Trump Presidency. After 30 years in the US Army, I cannot understand how any military officer can support this Commander in Chief.
—Colonel Brian P. Mullady, (Ret.), Soviet Foreign Area Officer, Chief of Staff of the Defense Department charged with conducting the START, INF, Chemical weapons and other treaties in the former Soviet Union. Senior American, United Nations Iraqi Weapons Inspectors