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Dan P. McAdams, The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump. A Psychological Reckoning


  • Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar University of Groningen



Book review


On 21 November 2022, to nobody’s surprise, Donald J. Trump announced he would seek to become the Republican candidate for the 2024 US Presidential elections – and, both among those who have officially announced to be doing the same, as well as those who are likely to do so, his chances of securing the nomination are significant. The current legal investigations have done nothing to change that. Given that he is then expected to run against incumbent Democratic president Joe Biden, whose popularity has been diminished over the past few years, Trump stands a real chance to be elected president of the United States of America a second time. Thus, Dan P. McAdams’s The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump, written and published in the context of the 2020 presidential elections as an attempt to offer, as the book’s subtitle phrases it, ‘a psychological reckoning’ with the highly controversial 45th US president, remains highly relevant.

Author Biography

Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar, University of Groningen

Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar is Assistant Professor and director of studies and research at the Minorities & Multilingualism department of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He currently leads the Groningen section of the international research project Re:Voice, on the mediation of intangible cultural heritage within European minority cultures. He publishes widely on the subjects of boundary narratives (narratives through which we distinguish ourselves from others; recent publication: special issue on peripheral narratives and minority identities of Frontiers of Narrative Studies, 8:2 (2022), co-edited with Alberto Godioli), narrative literacy (our capacity to create, interpret and resist storytelling; recent publication: Moenandar et al., 'A Brave New Internet. Hacking the narrative of Mark Zuckerberg’s 2021 introduction of the metaverse,' in Narrative Works, forthcoming), and applied narratology (creating an impactful link between the academic study of narrative and practices of storytelling; key publication: 'When Not to Tell Stories: Unnatural Narrative in Applied Narratology,' in Frontiers of Narrative Studies 4:1 (2018)).





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