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Vanity piece, but highly revealing nonetheless
on September 18, 2010
Bottom line: it's practically a vanity piece for the Salahis, so if you were looking for an investigative report into their activities, you'll need to wait for a different book or just go online to catch up on the Washington Post's longstanding coverage.
But if you'd like to understand how the Salahis perceived themselves throughout all this drama, this is the book to read. I thought it was fascinating.
Because I live in DC, I am well familiar with their exaggerations, lies, and victimhood stories. The book is full of them, reported practically straight from their mouths. It skips over the out-and-out fraud in their charity work and their use of fake persons and organizations to promote themselves and attack their enemies (his mom in particular).
But it's still a great read if, like me, you find these people interesting.
Be sure to read the final chapter on narcissistic personality disorder. Dimond never mentions the Salahis here by name, but this was how she chose to end her book. It took me a week or two to grasp the significance of that choice.
My grade: 1 star if you're looking for an expose; 5 stars if you're interested in an insider's view on how the Salahis perceive themselves.