- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Gill Books / Gill & Macmillan Ltd. (January 22, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0717179532
- ISBN-13: 978-0717179534
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In America: Tales from Trump Country
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About the Author
Catriona Perry became news herself after her encounter with Trump in the Oval Office. Perry is an award-winning Irish journalist. She's worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000 and is currently RTE's Washington Correspondent. She has won awards for her television and radio reportage, including a National Justice Media Merit Award for TV News in June 2015. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Journalism (2002) and a Master s Degree in International Relations (2010), both awarded by Dublin City University, which recently named her as one of the University's distinguished alumni.
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PS. There seems to be a million books on the campaign. This one is a *must* read to actually see what happened. Also, the interview with Keith Ellison (D. Minnesota) where he predicted Trump's getting the Republican nomination to stupendous laughter by folks like George Stephenopolis is telling. T's opponents had serious "truth" blinders on! This author didn't, and it tells!