“[Rucker and Leonnig] are meticulous journalists, and this taut and terrifying book is without doubt one of the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date. . . . Their newspaper’s ominous, love-it-or-hate-it motto is ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’ A Very Stable Genius flicks the lights on from its first pages.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times
“Richly sourced and highly readable…It isn’t just another Trump tell-all or third-party confessional. It is unsettling, not salacious.” – Lloyd Green, The Guardian
“Consider, for a moment, a high-octane courtroom prosecutor summing up for the jury a case built on the vivid testimony of a couple of eye-witnesses…. It’s essential scarcely ask for more capable advocates. Leonnig won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the U.S. Secret Service in 2015, then joined Rucker and others on a team awarded the Pulitzer for stories on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Their new, collaborative account…walks readers step-by-step through the first 30 months or so of a presidency like no other. They leave little doubt that they and many of their sources regard that presidency as an unmitigated and deepening disaster — a threat to American government as we have known it. Whatever may happen to that impeachment effort in the weeks and months ahead, it creates a moment of intermission in the Trump saga and a chance to imagine how the landscape has already been altered by this president. A Very Stable Genius offers a harrowing companion narrative to be read all the way through intermission.” – Ron Elving, NPR
Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and prior to now has covered Congress, the Obama White House and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.