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The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control

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One of America’s leading experts in cults and mind-control provides an eye-opening analysis of Trump and the indoctrination tactics he uses to build a fanatical devotion in his supporters.

Over the past two years, Trump’s behavior has become both more disturbing and yet increasingly familiar. He relies on phrases like, “fake news,” “build the wall,” and continues to spread th
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Free Press
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Robert Devers McDonald PHD
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Hassan's latest book is a wise and insightful application of a lifetime of experience and research to the President Donald Trump phenomenon of social manipulation and control. He brings together a great wealth of knowledge of the techniques Trump uses over and over with enough success to result in his election as president and the retention of considerable popularity among his supporters despite persistent untruthfulness. Important and engaging stuff.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, psychology, cults
Eye-opening. I extricated myself from a cult about twenty years ago but did not recognize it as one until I read this book. (After leaving I called it a toxic religion.) This book is easy to follow and broadened my understanding of mind control, thought stopping, us-versus-them thinking, and high-demand groups. "It is a devastating moment to realize that you have given your life to a false leader, prophet, or messiah." Even when that moment comes many years after leaving. I'm still alarmed about ...more
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Oh, for fuck's sake, what's it with people writing all this trash? Subzero rating for clickbaiting the gullible.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
Well, aren't you lucky? Here's the book from a leading witch doctor that knows how to break the spells of evil sorcerers.
Peter Mcloughlin
I am part way through this book. So far I agree with the author that Trump is a malignant narcissist and I differ with the author and think Trump supporters are loathsome authoritarian scum but frankly I balk at the idea that it is a cult. Here is the author in an interview.

more to come when I finish the book.

okay is it a cult or is it simply the logical endpoint of right-wing politics in the age of neolibe
Tim Good
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spot on!
Mannie Liscum
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t let the title fool or dissuade you. This isn’t a ‘bash the President’ book by design. Yes, much is critical of the President and his behavioral traits, but his psychological health is on display for all to see. Moreover, his rhetorical style is far from hidden or difficult to divine. As someone who occupies the media spotlight as frequently and constantly as possible, most of the President’s means on control and persuasion are on open display. Now how different people respond and react to ...more
Budd Margolis
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book answers many questions about why people join cults, how they operate and how does one cope with people who are part of a cult? And it expertly explains how Trump manipulates the truth and mesmerises, seduces and empowers his followers. Of course, the Author Hassan explains that this is not just the work of one man and that the timing is ripe for such an overthrow of common sense and cause. But due respect is given to the media manipulation and malignant narcissist talents, evil genius, ...more
Alexandra Stein
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Steve Hassan’s first book, Combating Cult Mind Control, has helped a great number of people (including myself, nearly 30 years ago), understand and recover from their cult experiences. His latest book is an important and useful contribution to understanding the Cult of Trump, as the book is called. Hassan analyses the Trump phenomenon using his knowledge of cults and gives a good overview of cultic methods of persuasion. He takes us from an in-depth look at Trump’s personality and background to ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
There might be a good book in there but I couldn’t find it. To me, the booked lacked structure.

I was wary from the early pages after reading:

“and it’s important for me—both personally and professionally—to be as unbiased and trustworthy as possible.... I hope that my expertise, which I have gained through decades of work, will persuade you to continue with an open mind”

Then a little further on came this revelation:

“The human brain has been describe
Micki Anderson
Scary but probably mostly true😩
Jessica Scott
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
There’s so much to unpack in this book i don’t even know where to start.
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Licensed mental health counselor and an exit counselor. Hassan was an early advocate of exit counseling, and is the author of two books on the subject of "cults", and what he describes as their use of mind control, thought reform, and the psychology of influence in order to recruit and retain members.

Himself a former member of the Unification Church, after spending one year assisting w