The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency


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University of Chicago Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a regular contributor to the Washington Post. He is the father of two former toddlers, both of whom were more mature than President Trump.


"It is almost surprising that, nearly a third of the way into 2020, more books haven't been inspired by viral Twitter threads. Drezner's brisk offering is a good place to start, built as it is out of a three-plus-year, 1,000-plus tweet project documenting examples of the president's own aides and allies describing him, in the author's words, 'like a toddler.' . . . . Though the book is occasionally funny--early on Drezner goes out of his way to point out he doesn't mean to indict toddlers' comportment--it is, appropriately, also overwhelmingly grim."-- "New York Times"
"Drezner does not simply argue that Trump is ill-suited for the presidency; he contends that Trump is incapable of adult behavior. . . .We knew most of these things about Trump before Drezner published his book, but he presents a smothering avalanche of repeated presidential absurdity. The reader realizes that this pattern is not part of the Trump presidency; it is the whole thing."-- "Washington Post"
"[A] crisp, witty and highly readable philippic."-- "New Statesman"