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I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year

Bloomsbury to publish I ALONE CAN FIX IT: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

  • ‘First comprehensive public reckoning of Trump’s final chaotic year as president’ publishes 20 July 2021


Bloomsbury are to publish I Alone Can Fix It, a behind-the-scenes account of Donald Trump’s final year in office. Leonnig and Rucker are authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller A Very Stable Genius, which the New York Times declared “among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date.” With deep and unparalleled sources, many on the record for the first time—including a wide-ranging and revealing interview with President Trump himself— I Alone Can Fix It will present the definitive behind-the-scenes account of Trump’s final year in office.


Bloomsbury Associate Publisher Alexis Kirshbaum says, ‘With unprecedented access to White House insiders on both sides of the aisle, Rucker and Leonnig’s brilliant new book seeks to make sense of one of the most tumultuous years in US history. There is much here that has never been revealed before, and certainly it has never been told with such verve and gobsmacking detail. I’m incredibly proud to be publishing an investigative report that amounts to our first comprehensive public reckoning of Trump’s final chaotic year as president.’


About the book


The true story of what took place in Donald Trump’s White House during a disastrous 2020 has never before been told in full. What was really going on around the president, as the government failed to contain the coronavirus and over half a million Americans perished? Who was influencing Trump after he refused to concede an election he had clearly lost and spread lies about election fraud? To answer these questions, Leonnig and Rucker reveal a dysfunctional and bumbling presidency’s inner workings in unprecedented, stunning detail.


Focused on Trump and the key players around him—the doctors, generals, senior advisers, and Trump family members—Leonnig and Rucker provide a forensic account of the most devastating year in a presidency like no other. Their sources were in the room as time and time again Trump put his personal gain ahead of the good of the country. These witnesses to history tell the story of him longing to deploy the military to the streets of American cities to crush the protest movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, all to bolster his image of strength ahead of the election. These sources saw firsthand his refusal to take the threat of the coronavirus seriously—even to the point of allowing himself and those around him to be infected. This is a story of a nation sabotaged—economically, medically, and politically—by its own leader, culminating with a groundbreaking, minute-by-minute account of exactly what went on in the Capitol building on January 6, as Trump’s supporters so easily breached the most sacred halls of American democracy, and how the president reacted. With unparalleled access, Leonnig and Rucker explain and expose exactly who enabled—and who foiled—Trump as he sought desperately to cling to power.


A classic and heart-racing work of investigative reporting, I Alone Can Fix It is destined to be read and studied by citizens and historians alike for decades to come.


I Alone Can Fix It by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker is published by Bloomsbury on 20 July, ISBN 978-1-5266-4263-9, £25 hardback.


About the Authors



Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000, covering Donald Trump’s presidency and previous administrations. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. She also was part of the Post teams awarded Pulitzers in 2018, for reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and in 2014, for revealing the U.S. government’s secret, broad surveillance of Americans. Leonnig is an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC and the author of Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service.


Philip Rucker is the senior Washington correspondent at The Washington Post and led its coverage of President Trump and his administration as White House Bureau chief. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. In 2021, the White House Correspondents’ Association honored Rucker with the Aldo Beckman Award for overall excellence in White House coverage. Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.


Press contact Ruth Killick (publicity@ruthkillick.co.uk) 07880 703741

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