Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other Hardcover – May 14, 2018
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"Is there anything new to say of the most written-about man alive? Yes. Conrad Black is a political observer, an historian, and a businessman who's done business with Donald Trump (he sold him a building), and was one of the first to take his campaign seriously. Black understands the 45th president not only in the context of his pre-political life and family but in the great sweep of American history. This is an admiring but undeluded biography whose every page has either a shrewd new insight or revealing detail, and often both. It's also beautifully written, with both a droll wit its subject will surely appreciate and an understanding of the visceral connection between Trump and the millions of Americans who felt abandoned by both parties. A great and knowing read, and a biography that has the size of its subject."
-- MARK STEYN, bestselling author of America Alone, After America, and The Undocumented Mark Steyn
"This hard-hitting, well-written, and admirably objective book, written by a remarkably talented historian who moreover knows his subject well, will inform all subsequent serious biographies of Donald J. Trump. There is ammunition galore here both for those who love the president and those who loathe him."
-- ANDREW ROBERTS, bestselling author of Napoleon the Great and Churchill: Walking with Destiny
"Most readers, like myself, have never met either Conrad Black nor Donald J. Trump. But after reading this engaging biography, those of any political persuasion would wish to do both."
-- PROFESSOR VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, from his Foreword
About the Author
- Publisher : Regnery Publishing (May 14, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621577872
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621577874
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #243,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a mature adult with extensive international experience I learned quickly that results are the measure. Eccentricity is not a curse.
Perhaps we don’t learn that until we are in our late twenties and that might explain the disdain for him at universities. But I pity those over that age who should read this excellent work to balance their views of unfounded hypocritical cynicism.
Don’t worry, the author cites what some might call the ‘bad stuff’ but he puts it in context.
I would rather have a strong, intuitive president with quirks rather than a phoney who is a weathervane not a leader.
I was more interested in what I would learn. As a news hound, I feel reasonably well read on the subject. I was pleasantly surprised that he expressed the opinion that I already had that the 2 (or 3?) prior presidents had laid the groundwork for a Trump, with their own failed presidencies, smugness and interbreeding. But his unfamiliar assertion was that Trump had been serious about becoming President for decades, and that his last decade or two was spent preparing for this journey. I had assumed that Trump was a publicity hound, and his campaign was not necessarily meant to win. In Blacks telling, he cultivated fame with working class, middle American enterprises (Reality TV, Pro wrestling, Beauty contests). And immersed himself in their ideas.
I also learned that Trump was a more honest businessman than I believed (The author did a large business deal with him), and was surprised how long held many of his policy inclinations are.
Highly recommend this book
Thanks to Conrad Black for writing a concise, intelligent and frequently extremely amusing book. I enjoyed every minute of it, and only gave it 4 stars because I wish it were longer!
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Black is a prolific author with a truly distinctive style: unabashedly orotund, spewing opinion bombs left and right. He is the acclaimed biographer of modern presidents FDR and Nixon and now adds to his shelf with his highly personal assessment early in the second year of Donald J. Trump. Black has met and dealt with Trump and on that basis describes a man very different from the commonly accepted portrayal of a narcissistic, bullying, ignorant liar. Black's Trump "is not, in fact, a racist, sexist, warmonger, hothead, promoter of violence, or a foreign or domestic economic warrior." He goes on to assert that "Now that Trump has reduced most peoples'tax burden; relieved the fear that recession and unemployment are just around the corner (in fact provided a booming economy); and adopted a foreign policy of prudent and effective realism that has smashed and scattered ISIS, persuaded China to cooperate against North Korea's nuclear program, and defended American interests; Americans will likely and rightly judge him a success, despite his lapses of suavity." In all, Black makes an aggressive case, perhaps the best case possible, in support of Trump.
When he buttresses his personal judgment with a recounting of the facts, Black is on much shakier ground. He trots out, at great length and with passionate vitriol, the stock right wing alternate history of events. Some of the points are compelling but many more are totally insupportable. At the very least, it is a highly selective view of the facts. For example, after the Parkland school massacre, Black approvingly reports Trump "parted company with the National Rifle Association by proposing curbs of public ownership of automatic weapons" but fails to mention that days later, after a dinner with the NRA brass, he dropped that proposal without a murmur. More serious, Black attempts to minimize Trump’s serial prevarications as “hyperbole “; in plain English these are known as lies, of which thousands have been documented since the Inauguration. Black is better than that. In his pandering portrayal of Trump Black goes so obviously over the top that I mentally, perhaps cruelly, subtitled his book "Pardon Me".
That, however, is what you get with Conrad Black. A deluge of opinionated purple prose, often infuriating but always eloquent and never dull. I highly recommend this book, especially to those like myself who are prepared to believe the very worst of the current president.
As a footnote, in May 2019 Conrad Black received a full pardon from President Donald J. Trump in recognition of his having been the victim of a "bum wrap (sic)". According to Black, Trump was at pains to say that the pardon was not because of any of the supportive things you've said and written about me." Whatever the motives, an injustice has finally been rectified.