Gingrich is not as much a public face as he was 30 years ago, and in between his days and Trump there was a lot that distracted from the mentality and modus operandi that he perfected. This book makes it clear that Trump isn't an aberration, that the groundwork that put him in office was laid by Gingrich, and having a better understanding of Gingrich and what he wrought onto this country is important if we're to understand why Trump has the place in our collective perspective of where we are and where we might be going.
I always intensely disliked Gingrich - his personal behavior is abhorrent, he's a hypocrite, without question convinced he's the smartest egg in whatever room he's in, and, as was said by more than one person in this book, an amoral person. I can't personally attest to his amorality, but when your perspective is that power, not good governance is what matters, you're embracing a formula for disenfranchisement of a good chunk of the country, and you turn governance into a food fight more than an act of compromise and working together for the best solutions - service is the attainment of power, not doing what's right for the country, and that, to me, is amoral. You may be convinced that by your being in power you're doing what's right for the country, but if your path to power is to lie, smear, and indulge rank hypocrisy then I'm sorry, therein lies your amorality and no matter what good you think you may be doing for the populace you've more than tainted your position by your means to the end.
Trump is Gingrich without the brains and the long-term perspective, and what's frightening to me is that a man made it into the presidency with all of the bad this book ties to Gingrich, but with far less intelligence - it speaks to a malaise in this country that is existential.
A good read in general, well written and engaging, and it would be hard to make your way through this book without having a deep concern for the direction of American politics and the people serving it at the National level.