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"Can you believe what Donald Trump said?"

In Gaslighting America, Amanda Carpenter breaks down Trump's formula, showing why it's practically foolproof, playing his victims, the media, the Democrats, and the Republican fence-sitters perfectly. She traces how this tactic started with Nixon, gained traction with Bill Clinton, and exploded under Trump.

Where some people see lies, Trump's fierce followers see something different. A commitment to winning at all costs: There is nothing he could say that would erode their support at long as it's in the name of taking down his political enemies.

His opponents on the left and right continue to act as if his fake narratives and conspiracy theories will bring him down, when in fact, they are the ruses that raised him up.

As a conservative former staffer to a competing presidential campaign, Amanda Carpenter witnessed her fellow Republicans fall in line behind Trump. As a political commentator, she was publicly smeared by one of his supporters on live television without a shred of evidence supporting the allegations. Slowly, she watched her entire party succumb to Trump and become defenders of his tactics, and Gaslighting America may be the only hope to bring them back to reality.

©2018 Amanda Carpenter (P)2018 Tantor

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started off good, but then.....

liked it at first, but soon author started ranting on about her conservative values and moaning about the abortion issue. I have read several books written by conservatives that dislike Trump, and enjoyed them. But after the author started going on and on about abortion and her distain of it , I had to quit. got about 45 - 1 hr. Before I turned it off . tried to go back again to listen but soon retuned the book and am trying something else.

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Right Winger Whines False Equivalency

I heard the author on "Morning Joe" I believe. Being I am a political blogger with a psychology degree I figured this book was about how Trump is normalizing lies and turning Americans into "people of the lie". The quote is from a conservative Author concerning evil. Well, Birther Donny Trump is evil. Yes, the author and I agree on that. But she wants us to believe that we on the left had it coming to us.

I am NOT a dogmatic liberal. But I purchased this book to understand the psychology of Trump and his lies. I did not purchase it to be lectured by a right winger that we liberals had it coming to us.

THE AUTHOR DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE FALLACY OF FALSE EQUIVALENCY. I am fed up with talk of "liberal news media biases" when the real issue is CORPORATE NEWS MEDIA BIASES. The author tries to say that the nice Tea Party folks did not hate Obama because he is Black. They said that was from infiltrators. YaDa YADA.

AGain if you want to buy this book to learn about how Trump lies then you will get a lesson from the author in false equivalency. She preaches the rights of "religious freedom to discriminate". No I purchased this book to learn about Trump's normalization of liars not to hear the pity pot cry of Right Wingers.
The Author lauds Ted Cruz whom she worked for. Hmmm. What do you call it when someone attacks you, then attacks your wife and then attacks your dad as being part of the conspiracy to kill JFK?

Well, Trump did all that to Ted Cruz! So what do you call the term when someone does all of those attacks to you and your family THEN you endorse him? ANSWER: "Texas Values"!

I returned the audiobook after the 3rd chapter.

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Don't be gaslighted by poor reviews.

Written by a conservative never-trump republican, who I wouldn't expect to agree with on much, lays out a compelling argument (with direct quotes and dates for reference) illustrating the system DJT has perfected over decades to get the attention and results he wants. The reviews who throw shade on it because of a single part of one chapter that discusses abortion seem themselves to be trying to gaslight people against reading it. The only way to counter-act this tactic is to understand it, recognize it when it happens, and never give it the energy it needs to thrive. It's not just about DJT either. There are plenty of examples of our leaders using this tactic, just not to the extent that DJT does.

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Ha. Thou.ght this was something different

I like her definition of Trump's gaslighting. Then she leaves the path and somehow blames the Dem's tenor in 2012 for Trump. Yawn. She seems to forget the personal animosity against President Clinton and the advent of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk. For me, the personal nastiness and the deeper divide started with the Republican Revolution, a.m. conservative radio in the 80s and 90s, and the endless conspiracy theories that were attributed to the evil liberals. The author lost credibility and her partisan stripes showed when she decided to become a historical revisionist. She apparently can't escape her bias. The Republicans are portrayed as walking on water. Indeed, the division and hatred are out of control, but she's blind to facts if she thinks that's a product of progressives. And it's too bad she veered because her starting thesis was fairly strong. After her "blame the liberals" skree, I can't go with her the rest of the way. She's just more of the problem.

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Must read, no matter your political perspective

This book unlocks all the secrets that got Trump elected, and the ones that make you just want to ignore politics.

A warning: If you're a liberal, the occasional conservative rant in this book will make you angry and want to turn it off. Keep listening! The rest of the book is worth it. If you're a never-Trump conservative, this book is written in your voice. If you're a Trump supporter and someone recommended this book to you, please give it a chance. If nothing else, it will give you an idea of what everyone is upset about.

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Interesting and informative

Could have skipped the occasional liberal bashing but overall interesting and informative with personality and conviction. Narrator ok.

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I like the book but, the narrator bothered me.

Amanda has a good grasp on breaking down Gaslighting into steps that can easily be followed.

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Essential reading - will help you see through the fog of deception

In this new age of industrialized disinformation warfare, it’s more important than ever to be a savvy consumer of political information, and understanding the gaslighting playbook certainly helps with that. If We the People don’t fight back against this debasement of our democracy, our political culture could suffer irreparable damage. We must demand that partisans deal with each other in good faith, and hand out just punishments and rewards at the ballot box.

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Gaslighting America

I highly recommend this book!

This is an exceptional and instructive book that all Americans of every political persuasion should read at this time. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, repeating the first 5 chapters to be fully knowledgeable of what each step this president takes to gaslight us before continuing on with the rest of the book.

The way Amanda Carpenter lays this book out supports my argument to people of what a con this person is, what a liar he is and how he has hoodwinked his supporters. Laying it out, as is done in Appendix 1, to people who just don’t see it has been an eye opener.

I am a Democrat and I see Ms Carpenter on CNN regularly. While I may disagree with her on policy issues, I have always appreciated that she, as a Republican, has stayed true to her core and hasn’t allowed herself to be drawn into the black hole cult of fear for this man that so many other Republicans have been drawn into.

Thank you Ms. Carpenter for this insightful narrative!

Katherine Palmira
Austin, TX

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enlightening listen

This book is very gripping. well written. sad that it's truth.

the performance was excellent. this was my first non fiction audio book so I wasn't sure what to expect. it was not dry at all.

highly recommend this narrator

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