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Cassidy Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster, $30 (384p) ISBN 978-1-6680-2828-5

The celebrated White House aide recalls Donald Trump’s desperate attempt to cling to power in this dramatic debut memoir. Hutchinson, a former special assistant to President Trump and his chief of staff Mark Meadows, recaps her explosive testimony before the House Select Committee on the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack, alleging that Trump threw his lunch at the wall when Attorney General William Barr concluded that there was no voter fraud; discussed the idea of invoking the Insurrection Act to overturn the election results; plotted with his aides and lawyers to have the crowd at his January 6 rally move to the Capitol; demanded that armed supporters be allowed into the rally; and when Secret Service agent Bobby Engel refused to drive him to the Capitol after the rally, grabbed the limo steering wheel and lunged for Engel’s throat. Also prominent in her narrative are Meadows, who fed Trump’s delusions and helped organize Trump’s schemes while burning sensitive documents in his fireplace; and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, whom Hutchinson accuses of fondling her during the rally. Lurking in the background is Hutchinson’s testy relationship with her father, depicted as an eccentric Trump supporter who gifted her with deer organs to bolster her warrior spirit. This is a colorful and disturbing account of the unhinged narcissism and chaos of Trump’s presidency. (Sept.)