The op-ed offers a first-hand account that corroborates key themes of a new damning book about Trump’s presidency by the veteran journalist Bob Woodward: that some of the President’s top advisers have a dim view of the commander in chief and are quietly working to thwart Trump’s most reckless and impulsive decisions from becoming a reality.

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    Cambridge Dictionary : "A damning report, judgment, remark, etc. that includes a lot of criticism or shows clearly that someone is wrong, guilty, or has behaved very badly" – Jay A. Little Sep 7 '18 at 4:55
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    @Jay A. Little Great answer. You should write that up as an answer rather than a comment. – James Sep 7 '18 at 6:16
  • @James Honestly, I thought this Q would be flagged as: "Basic questions on spelling, meaning or pronunciation are off-topic as they should be answered using a dictionary." Since the question is answered with a single dictionary definition. So I just wanted to point the OP to the correct definition in a comment before that happened. – Jay A. Little Sep 7 '18 at 6:47
  • @JayA.Little, different dictionaries have different meanings, My dictionary doesn't have this meaning. – Zhang Sep 7 '18 at 7:37
  • I totally understand. That's exactly why I always have at least 3 dictionaries when I study, and check even more than that if I can access the internet to find the best fitting definitions of words. Cambridge just happened to give the perfect definition for this use of "damning". Sometimes its Merriam-Webster or Oxford or even Urban Dictionary! It depends on the use and context and many other factors. – Jay A. Little Sep 7 '18 at 7:48

Damning book is not an idiom or compound word and can be taken literally according to the dictionary definition of the words.

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