When I noticed that the disgraced and convicted Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s book “Disloyal: A Memoir” had made the top ten list of non-fiction books in The NY Times Book Review section I was motivated to go to Amazon to read his book’s reviews.
Those reviews were mostly given 4 or 5 stars but didn’t seem to say specifically why. Although some said the book was a page turner they couldn’t put down.
So I bought the book and am so glad I did. Yes, Folks, it is a page turner!
Cohen tells a fascinating story. Already a wealthy and successful lawyer with a lovely wife and two attractive children a boy and a girl, he did some routine legal work for Donald Trump Jr and then met Trump Sr for whom he solved a nasty problem which began a fascinating tale of his being seduced into being a full time employee who agreed to do all the dishonest tasks Trump needed fixed.
At this point one must ask how credible is his narrative?
To me the detail Cohen offers based on his 12 year access to Trump’s perfidious doings seems very credible.
Reading for me during this pandemic has become a fixture of life as I seek to keep my mind engaged in this unique time while staying safe at home.
So amidst this plethora of news options one gets quite good at judging the bogus from the true or the cynical from the naive.
Thus, as mentioned before, when I saw Michael Cohen’s expose book listed as one of the top ten non-fiction books on the October 11, 2020 The NY Times Book Review section list I went to Amazon and started reading the reviews.
Turns out this disgraced Trump fixer is a compelling writer. His story rings frighteningly true and offers voters insights about Trump which are more devastating than any I have read so far.
None of the other books from President Trump's inner circle read anything like Michael Cohen's "Disloyal" https://t.co/EFHqVDljzt
— Mashable (@mashable) September 11, 2020
Cohen’s details are so meticulously presented that his claimed sincere regret at being an intimate player in this felonious world he worked in seems totally plausible. Clearly he got caught which prompted his outcry, but the story he tells is still riveting.
He spares himself no excuses for his illegal and morally reprehensible behavior and fully admits his culpability.
That his employer seems better defined by these disclosures serves a useful purpose as voting in what will be a crucial election gets underway.
Cohen became disenchanted with Trump by 2014 but urged Trump to run for President which he grandly did on June 16th as he descended the Trump Tower staircase; start reading on page 207 for the campaign story.
Trump’s love for Putin gets expressed beginning on page 245. Read Cohen’s claimed implications on page 250.
Cohen’s downfall after Trump is President defies understanding but Trump abandons him without so acknowledging and Cohen is tried, convicted and sentenced to 36 months in Federal prison for white collar criminals at Otisville NY in the Catskills.
Cohen’s subsequent treatment offers frightening examples of how power can corrupt Constitutional rights.
That Cohen’s behavior for Trump was heinous and his fate fails to elicit my sympathy but in reading this story it would seem obvious that every American should do so they can decide how they feel.
Bob Woodward’s best-selling book “Rage” was number one on the Times non-fiction list on October 11th. I just read the book and to me it gives greater credibility to the claims detailed meticulously by Cohen!
I’m going to carefully keep my copy as I suspect this first edition from this little known publisher will become increasingly valuable.
From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013
By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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