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The Making of Donald Trump Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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”David Cay Johnston has given us this year’s must-read Trump book.”—Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s The Last Word
”Johnston devastatingly covers ground he broke open as a reporter on the Trump beat in Philadelphia and at The New York Times...The best of investigative reporting is brought to bear on a man who could potentially lead the free world.”—USA TODAY
”David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times investigative reporter, gives Trump the thorough scrubbing he deserves...Johnston has done voters a service with this unblinking portrait. He makes a compelling case that Trump has the attributes of both 'dictator' and 'deceiver' and would be a disaster in the Oval Office.”—FINANCIAL TIMES
”Carefully fleshes out the details of Trump's known biography...with solid documentation.”—TAMPA BAY TIMES
"Johnston's case is unassailable and eye-opening." —THE NATION
”A devastating attack on the Republican presidential nominee....[Johnston] carefully disentangles the knot of lies that has so far characterised Trump’s presidential campaign.”—THE INDEPENDENT
”If you follow the news at all, you’ll know that a number of allegations have recently been raised against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump…It’s due in good measure to veteran investigative reporter Johnston…that these charges have seen the light of day. Here, without undue breathlessness and certainly without any coyness, he elaborates on those newsworthy sound bites…connecting dots and establishing patterns.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS
”Johnston…maintains a crisply matter-of-fact approach throughout this scrupulously detailed and documented chronicle.”—BOOKLIST
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612196322
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612196329
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Publisher : Melville House; First Edition (August 2, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #367,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some believe that Trump's unusual campaign tactics are an indicator that he ran as a lark to make it easier for Hillary Clinton to win. I don't think that's true. I think his self-confidence is able to overcome reality checks that would give pause to those endowed with a lesser ego. He can look at polls that show he is not doing well in the general election, for example, and conclude that the issue is that he took advice from people suggesting that he rein in some of his more extreme rhetoric. He doubles down on the drama.
He had wealth handed to him and repeatedly sought to forge relationships with people of questionable character in order to grow wealth. He's not interested in steady growth if a shady deal will give access to a high risk/high reward scenario. Leaders who have to come up through the ranks are more often forced into better socialization skills.
All told, between this book and current events, I am more confident in my conclusion that Trump's moral compass is under-developed.
I definitely recommend this book as an informative and well-written overview of some of the things Trump has been doing over the last few decades. Definitely makes me more interested in having Trump release his tax documents.
What I like about the author is that he makes financial issues understandable for the average reader.
This book is no different.
It's not really a full biography of Donald Trump. While there is some biographical history of his grandfather and father, it's more a "financial history" book.
What's interesting about the book is the financial dealings and associates Mr. Trump has had over the years. Whether as a casino mogul or real estate developer it makes for an intriguing book.
He didn't release his tax records during the campaign and one gets a hint about what they may contain. He's adept at finding ways to cut his tax burden and he quotes different values for various properties depending on the circumstances. His net worth always seems to be a highly speculative subject. He's either a multi-billionaire or deeply in the red.
After reading this book I do understand better how Donald Trump manages his image through the media. He's very good at PR and has been for decades.
What's troubling is the long list of lawsuit settlements Donald trump has paid out with the records sealed.
The "picture" painted of the businessman is not flattering and cause for concern to the electorate.
A well-written book after a lot of research. I highly recommend the book.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is a summation of many previous articles written by the author and traces the origins of the Trump family fortune back to the brothels of the Yukon in the Gold Rush through to dubious property deals in New York and rumbustious casino ventures in New Jersey with more than a mere passing acquaintance with organised crime cartels on the way. Johnson informs us that Trump's "doctrine" in all conduct is "get even." What the author provides us with here is not a psychological study but revelatory detail of conduct and actions and "getting away with it" that provide insights to character. Trumps obsession with money, the trappings of wealth, predatory sexual behaviour and associations with a multitude of mobsters, conmen, fraudsters and swindlers is what we learn of in these crisply written pages.
In a terse epilogue the author writes: "The forty-fifth president is a man who does not engage in deep study and reasoned debate, but is a narcissist who spews bigotry and lacks understanding of world affairs, military doctrine, or the daily workings of the West Wing." And, chillingly, concludes ..."if Trump starts firing general officers of the military... it would be a powerful signal that the end of the American Republic may be at hand".