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It has very little to do with the former, twice impeached President and 95% of it is about the indigenous and black cultures and slavery. It was good because it pointed out a lot of the revisionist history in the USA but it addressed very little concerning her uncle. Sort of like reading a history book but with new historical information compared to the « traditional » ones.
According to the subtitle, author, Mary L. Trump, wrote this book for the purpose of “Finding a Way to Heal”, at least partially. Hhhhmmm…
“The Reckoning” reads much more like an history book. It starts with the history of slavery but Trump has joined the CRT bandwagon and begins in 1865 and runs thru Jim Crow in 1965. After pointing to all those who are wrong in these highlighted events she moves on to discuss Uncle Donald. Let’s make this simple and summarize by saying she says he did nothing right and most was trauma inducing.
After the quick diatribe on Donald, M. L. Trump goes back to issues facing Black Americans focusing on white supremacy and all it’s historical manifestations. These take us right up to present day where she takes on all the contemporary Republicans.
Now it’s time for the summary, the healing part. M. L. Trump is a professional and I expected something more than the quips we’ve been hearing in the media for months, even years. That didn’t happen which brings me right back to my headline: WHY???
There is absolutely nothing new here. If you want or need an history lesson on slavery or CRT, this one is at least literate. It’s also completely anti DLT, unabashedly biased and offers little in the way of how to find healing that you haven’t already heard ad nauseum. Chances are you will be making offering$ to the author via the purchase of her personal cathar$i$ 📚
Very disappointed in this book! The first third discusses slavery and stealing land from Native Americans. Kept wondering when we were going to get to the meat. Then, there was a brief discussion of "Donald" as she refers to him, his cabinet, his lies and daily crude and and corrupt antics. Then, back to slavery, Natives and Jews. Next paragraph, back to Donald. Final chapter discusses our PTSD from the past four years. Then, back to slavery, etc. Seems to be more of a thesis on White Supremacy than our current national mess with suggested hopeful healing.
I was expecting more of a book examining what the Trump administration did to our country and how she thinks we can heal and from this trauma. The majority of this book is a very detailed analysis of the history of slavery and the injustice done to native Americans. These are important topics, and many historians have written extensively on these subjects. This book could have presented a synopsis of these issues as a background to how they influenced her uncle but then focused on her analysis of what Trump did to this country and how she recommends we heal from this. Many of the other books written about the Trump presidency have given very good information about what went on during these years, but few have focused on the psychological damage that has been done and continues to affect us all. As a Phd, I had hoped Mary’s book would present a prescription for individual and national healing.
This book almost exclusively focused upon racial divides -- all whites versus all blacks, with other minorities getting a mention. It is not, as the title suggests "The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal". While I agree with many of her views of how and why racism and inherent bias exists -- there is only one way to permanently eradicate it -- change ALL hearts and minds to never again say or do anything to offend a black person or other minority. You can distribute all the gold in Fort Knox as reparations to every black person -- but that won't change the dynamics of daily life. They'll be richer, but still living in the same, unchanged world of racists. Might even make those aready hardened hearts and closed minds less likely to change -- because, change is something that money just can't buy.
I have to say that this effort by Ms. Trump is somewhat disappointing in light of her previous one's blockbuster quality. If you are a history enthusiast, you may be tempted to skip some of the content, being that it deals with somewhat widely known race history, much like a textbook would offer. There are some enjoyable parts that have some updated information and insight on her charlatan Uncle, with revisiting what makes him tick. The amount of non-historical information is a bit limited, though, and checking in at just over 200 pages, just not fleshed out enough. One might get the impression that Ms. Trump may have rushed it to press, at least that was my feeling. My suggestion would be to watch the used book prices and grab a bargain on it. If you can score a copy for $5.00 or less, shipping included, you won't mind the lack and type of content so much. If you need a refresher on race history in America, you may find it of greater value.
I didn’t read Mary’s first book, but this one is 90% about black people including black history from the Civil War forward, and discrimination against black people. Ok but not the subject matter that I was expecting. There were only a couple chapters devoted to Trump related politics such as why he got as many votes as he did and circumstances surrounding and following the election. I was hoping for far more reading on these matters. Lots of good history about human rights if you crave that subject matter.
The book was a outline of the racial disparity in America and the lack of political will to change it. The title would lead one to assume it was more about DJT and the future of the United States, which it only touches on. The future of the US is in jeopardy and this book should be a road map out of the crisis but misses its opportunity.
It's a shame she didn't have a better editor because she clearly did a lot of research and she revealed important and helpful insights in the final chapter. However, I found reading the preceding chapters (reading about, and calling back to mind) America's tauma history at times wearying. not to say re-traumatizing.