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This program is read by Alex Hyde-White, William Dufris, Hillary Huber, Nanette Gartrell, Leonard L. Glass, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, Elizabeth Mika, P. J. Ochlan, Jennifer Contarino Panning, Thomas Singer, Rosemary Sword, Michael J. Tansey, Betty P. Teng, and Steve Wruble. The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump describes the consensus view held by two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health. This is not normal. Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both. In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump’s case, their moral and civic “duty to warn” America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump’s symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man. Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump’s impulsivity in terms of “unbridled and extreme present hedonism.” Craig Malkin speaks about pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the “malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up. His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his. Expertly compiled by author and editor Bandy X. Lee, this insightful audiobook is mental fuel for the concerned, contemplative listener. -- Chapters written by Noam Chomsky, Jennifer Contarino Panning, Howard H. Covitz, Lance Dodes, William J. Doherty, Edwin B. Fisher, Henry J. Friedman, John D. Gartner, Nanette Gartrell, James Gilligan, Leonard L. Glass, James A. Herb, Judith Lewis Herman, Diane Jhueck, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, Robert Jay Lifton, Craig Malkin, Elizabeth Mika, Dee Mosbacher, David M. Reiss, Tony Schwartz, Gail Sheehy, Thomas Singer, Rosemary Sword, Michael J. Tansey, Betty P. Teng, Harper West, Steve Wruble, and Philip Zimbardo.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump…Profound, illuminating, and discomforting.”

    Bill Moyers, #1 New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and former White House press secretary

  • “[In] this insightful collection…medical and legal experts thoughtfully assess diagnoses of Trump’s behavior and astutely explore how to scrutinize political candidates, address client fears, and assess the ‘Trump Effect’ on our social fabric.”

    Estelle Freedman, Robinson Professor in US History at Stanford University

  • “A very thoughtful assessment based on lots of public data, which gives us a very clear way of thinking about the terrific vulnerabilities of our current president that elicits a duty to warn.”

    Samuel Barondes, professor emeritus and former chair of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco

  • "This is an historic work in the history of American psychiatry. We have never been in this place before. Lawrence O'Donnell

  • There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump...profound, illuminating and discomforting Bill Moyers
  • The stand these psychiatrists are taking takes courage, and their conclusions are compelling. The Washington Post
  • This insightful collection is grounded in historical consciousness of the ways professionals have responded to fascist leaders and unstable politicians in the past. It is a valuable primary source documenting the critical turning point when American psychiatry reassessed the ethics of restraining commentary on the mental health of public officials in light of the “duty to warn” of imminent danger. Medical and legal experts thoughtfully assess diagnoses of Trump’s behavior and astutely explore how to scrutinize political candidates, address client fears, and assess the 'Trump Effect' on our social fabric. Estelle Freedman, the Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University

  • New York Times bestseller
  • Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2017

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About the Author

Bandy X. Lee, M.D., MDiv, is assistant clinical professor in law and psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She earned her degrees at Yale, interned at Bellevue, was chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. She was also a fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health. She teaches at Yale Law School, cofounded Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group, and leads a violence prevention collaborators project for the World Health Organization. She has written 100 peer-reviewed articles, edited nine academic books, and is author of the textbook Violence.

About the Narrators

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.

P. J. Ochlan is an Audie Award–winning, multiple Earphones Award–winning, and Voice Arts Award–nominated narrator of hundreds of audiobooks. His acting career spans more than thirty years and has also included Broadway, the NY Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp, critically acclaimed feature films, and television series regular roles.

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.

P. J. Ochlan is an Audie Award–winning, multiple Earphones Award–winning, and Voice Arts Award–nominated narrator of hundreds of audiobooks. His acting career spans more than thirty years and has also included Broadway, the NY Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp, critically acclaimed feature films, and television series regular roles.

P. J. Ochlan is an Audie Award–winning, multiple Earphones Award–winning, and Voice Arts Award–nominated narrator of hundreds of audiobooks. His acting career spans more than thirty years and has also included Broadway, the NY Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp, critically acclaimed feature films, and television series regular roles.

Bandy X. Lee, M.D., MDiv, is assistant clinical professor in law and psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She earned her degrees at Yale, interned at Bellevue, was chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. She was also a fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health. She teaches at Yale Law School, cofounded Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group, and leads a violence prevention collaborators project for the World Health Organization. She has written 100 peer-reviewed articles, edited nine academic books, and is author of the textbook Violence.

P. J. Ochlan is an Audie Award–winning, multiple Earphones Award–winning, and Voice Arts Award–nominated narrator of hundreds of audiobooks. His acting career spans more than thirty years and has also included Broadway, the NY Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp, critically acclaimed feature films, and television series regular roles.

Chris Widener is a successful businessman, author, speaker, and television host. He has authored over 450 articles and numerous books; he has also produced many CDs and DVDs on leadership, motivation, and success. Widener was previously the host of the national interview show Made for Success and cohost of True Performance with Zig Ziglar. As a public speaker, he has presented to organizations such as General Electric, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and the Harvard School of Business.