America’s infrastructure is sufficiently dangerous through lack of maintenance.Title: “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath”

Author: Ted Koppel

Rank: 47

Blurb: “In this New York Times bestselling investigation, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.”

Review: “As an individual who works in the space, Ted Koppel is full of it and himself. This book was written without the input of any expert or subject matter expert. Individuals with titles like ‘General’ and ‘Director’ may sound impressive but in reality know very little about cyber security. This would be like going to your local Geek Squad and asking them to help you troubleshoot a circuit you were building from scratch.”

Customers Also Bought: Prepper, Prepper, Prepper, Prepper, Prepper.

Footnote: For someone who made his national reputation fanning the flames of the Iran hostage crisis, we’re not surprised Ted Koppel would resort to this.

Lights Out [Amazon]

It’s the Oligarchy, Stupid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Father.Title: “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush”

Author: Jon Meacham

Rank: 25

Blurb: “Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times.”

Review: “He may have been dealt a harsh blow by his debacle in the 1992 Presidential election which he lost decisively to someone he considered a ‘draft dodger’ for avoiding Vietnam War, but I’m sure history will treat him kindly and remember him as one of the best presidents America has ever had.”

Customers Also Bought: “The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters” by Karl Rove

Footnote: Two words: Dan Quayle.

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The Ben Curve

Slime! From New York!Title: “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again”

Author: Donald Trump

Rank: 23

Blurb: “Look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly. There has never been a more dangerous time.”

Review: “I have yet to read the book, but included in my order was a hand written note that stated ‘you are truly idiotio for purchasing this book F*** you’.”

Customers Also Bought: “Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party” by Dinesh D’Souza

Footnote: We’re sorry — who are you again? You say you’re running for President? You the supplement shill with the pyramids and the Jesus buddy painting and the stabbed friend and advice for armed robbers to shoot helpless clerks? No? Never mind.

Crippled America [Amazon]

Lend Me Your Fears

They’re in everybody’s eggs.Title: “100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation”

Author: Clint Emerson

Rank: 9

Blurb: “In today’s increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emerson — former Navy SEAL — wants you to be prepared.”

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Violence as Metaphor

Kill ’em all, let the Invisible Hand sort ’em out.Title: “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win”

Authors: Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Rank: 2

Blurb: “Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting first-hand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this book is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas.”

Special Bonus Blurb: “This is the SEAL Leadership book we have been waiting for.” —Roger Ailes

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Good Grief

Too Many Kochs.Title: “Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies”

Author: Charles G. Koch

Rank: 10

Blurb: “In 1961, Charles Koch joined his father’s Wichita-based company, then valued at $21 million. Six years later, he was named chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. Today, Koch Industries’ estimated worth is $100 billion — making it one of the largest private companies in the world.”

Blurbs From Fellow One-Percenters…

“Charles Koch is a genuine patriot, and his lifelong mission is to make America as strong and free as she can be.” (John Schnatter, CEO Papa John’s Pizza)

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Doctor Strange

You need your head examined.Title: “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties”

Authors: Ben Carson and Candy Carson

Rank: 9

Blurb: “I believe that making a difference starts with understanding our amazing founding document, the U.S. Constitution. And as someone who has performed brain surgery thousands of times, I can assure you that the Constitution isn’t brain surgery.”

Review: “America needs his wisdom and evidence-based problem-solving skills.”

Customers Also Bought: “Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell Us about the End of Days” by David Jeremiah

Footnote: Where’s the evidence that suggests rushing a gunman who bursts into your classroom is possible, or even conceivable in the moment?

A More Perfect Union [Amazon]