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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Dump: A Common Sense Interpretation of an American Presidency by Mark F Putzi is a compilation of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that pulls its inspiration from 45 and his administration. The anthology covers all manner of Trumpisms in this no-holds-barred book with pieces such as MAGA Hat Mob, a free verse poem that reads like a series of chants by the wearers of the infamous hat that progressively descends into absurdity; and The Button, a cutting depiction of a president with a childish obsession with the nuclear football, giddy to press the button without objection from his fumbling, bumbling disciples. My personal favorite is Dump Ultimately Addresses the Pandemic, where a near-perfect mantra of blame on all but himself is lathered thickly on any who might be made a scapegoat with the blessing of the GOP shouting, “THAT’S RIGHT BOSS!!!”
Dump is a collection that is, in equal parts, remarkably funny and absolutely terrifying. Of note with regard to Mark F Putzi's work is that throughout the actual name of the POTUS isn't once used. Although satire is protected free speech untouchable by even civil punitive damage, at a time where a litigious moppet sits at the head of The Hill it seems a prudent move. There are several pages devoted to the parody of the newest Associate Supreme Court Justice, Kavanaugh, and the spectacle that was his confirmation hearing. Putzi's writing is witty and intelligent, occasionally drawing an “Oh no he didn't” gasp and always eliciting a laugh. This is only the second book I've had the pleasure of reading that took pointed shots at 45 without specifically naming him. I think readers who enjoy writers such a Sam Bourne will find this less cumbersome, piecemealed humor to be to their liking.