A comprehensive biography of Donald Trump, the Republican front runner in the presidential election campaign.
Trump Revealed is reported by a team of award-winning Washington Post journalists and coauthored by investigative political reporter Michael Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher.
Trump Revealed offers the most thorough and wide-ranging examination of Donald Trump's public and private lives to date, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy to his turbulent careers in real estate and entertainment to his astonishing rise as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The book is based on the investigative reporting of more than two dozen Post reporters and researchers who leverage their expertise in politics, business, legal affairs, sports, and other areas. The effort is guided by a team of editors headed by executive editor Martin Baron, who joined the newspaper in 2013 after his successful tenure running The Boston Globe, which included the Spotlight team's investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
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"Riveting book that will polarize readers"
You forget you're reading about a presidential candidate. This book reads like an engrossing biography of a business mogul in the vein of Rockefeller or Jobs. Men who embodied the American archetype of the maverick entrepreneur. Complicated men with difficult personalities and big ambitions.
But the comparison ends there.
A group of Washington Post reporters assembled this book in record time. And unlike another reviewer, I marveled at how seamlessly the pieces fit together--except where the chronology backtracks to follow some new thread of inquiry.
This book is going to polarize readers. If you like Trump, you will find the candidate's family history, business deals and branding savvy informative. But you'll flinch at the way the authors' choose to tell the stories of Trump's life, which are on the whole unflattering.
Still, those readers opposed to candidate Trump might be surprised (or not) that these reporters from a decidedly liberal-leaning newspaper have reined in their narrative. Unlike what is turning out to be the usual run of anti-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton books, this biography doesn't call out what the authors' perceive as Trump's character flaws in ALL CAPS and exclamation points.
The reporters haven woven an absorbing biography. The preface places Trump in the months leading up to his candidacy. Chapter one offers standard biography fare, with backstories on the grandparents and parents.
Father Fred Trump's real estate dealings and allegations of racist rental policies are teased out. There are stories of Trump as a pranksterish youth and as a young man of means desperate to throw off his father's business and set off on his own terms. Trump comes off as a supremely confident and monomaniacal figure obsessed with deal making (big surprise there), real estate and himself. The Marla Maples affair gets ink. We get some insight into the real estate projects in New York, Atlantic City, Panama, Scotland, etc.
Other topics: Miss Universe pageant, the reality TV show, television cameo roles, bankruptcies, net worth, history with the Clintons, flip-flopping party affiliation, appeal to the masses, evolving political platform, the Trump brand, the 2016 Republican primaries and Republican National Convention.
The book touches on the major plot points in Trump's life and uses them to build a picture of Trump as a man, businessman--and potential candidate. Along the way, the authors try to answer why Trump the presidential candidate is so alluring to certain voters and equally horrifying to others.
Do I have to be careful about what I say? Can I be sued for writing a book review? These thoughts occur to me as I prepare to summarise this book.
Well, firstly, it’s an interesting listen. Donald Trump has definitely had an interesting life. If you’ve been reading the news for the last year then I think you will already have an idea of the character of this man, and my impression is that the Donald Trump of this book is very consistent with the persona portrayed in the media.
I’m going to grossly oversimplify things by splitting what I learned about Trump into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ attributes:
• He’s fearless
• He’s happy to join in with any sort of media/publicity exercise with minimal preparation – happy to just be himself and rely on his spontaneous charisma. He isn’t a fake.
• He has the ability to inspire people
• He was good at sport
• His primary motivation appears to be self-aggrandisement and self-enrichment. I don’t think he’s really interested in the greater good.
• In his many business dealings it has all been about winning. Lots of people have been victims of collateral damage in the course of these dealings, and I don’t think that would have troubled Trump’s conscience. The goal of victory or profit is sufficient justification for any harm that might have come to anyone in the course of doing business. There are simply winners and losers.
• His evaluation of women appears to be based on physical attractiveness alone
• There are some suggestions in the book that he has been involved in racist activities
• He promotes gambling (by owning casinos) and the objectification of women (by owning beauty pageants)
He might make a good general, because he seems to inspire people and he’s ruthless in pursuit of his goals (he didn’t go to Vietnam, but that’s another story). He’d make a terrible president. He has already established a reputation for racism, sexism and for confrontational positions towards Mexicans and Muslims. He doesn’t appear to have the diplomacy and sensitivity required of this role, and his motivation for seeking office is questionable.
The book is a valuable listen because it gives you the opportunity to evaluate whether all the negative press about Trump is justified – and as a bonus it is an interesting listen.
"A very impressive summary of Trump"
whether you like or hate him and excellent look at the ego that is Trump
"All You've Seen, Read, Heard--In One Place"
If you like Trump, skip this book as it's a biography where his past is thoroughly delved into, complete with a story of how he, as a child, went into a neighbor's backyard only to be found throwing rocks at her toddler (Trump says he was just a "rambunctious" kid). It goes through later years at boarding school where he seemed to find his way but, when bested in scores, blasts his friend for cheating (sound familiar?).
It's an exasperating look at the many, many, MANY questionable and flat-out duplicitous dealings in business, with women, etc. I say exasperating because, no matter what, the public doesn't seem to care, seems to applaud his... "audacity."
If you've followed Trump in the past, you won't find much new here, but it is most certainly thorough and well-researched. Undoubtedly, it will be called Trump-Bashing, and may even spark a law suit by the man, as he's done with so many other stories in the past, but I don't see how that'll stick. Trump and his words on record are used as a source, and the man positively gloats about his dealings.
I wish Marc Fisher had narrated it as he does an admirable job with the foreword and epilogue. As it is, Campbell Scott, as he is apt to, turns in a rather unenthusiastic performance (I know! I know! Nonfiction is hard to narrate). He does, however, manage Trump's words/quotes well, choosing not to turn the man into a caricature. Most appreciated!
Truly an extraordinary look at an extraordinary man who knows how to, "give the people what they want." And it's frightening what they want.
Kinda makes me wanna go take a shower right now...
"Excellent and Informative"
This gave me an honest, well documented and articulate summary of a very complex personality. I now have the data required to justify supporting a different candidate.
"A must listen BEFORE November 2016"
What a cool experience!! Before stumbling across this audiobook, as a writer, I had nothing positive to pen about Donald Trump, Jr. I admit, I was lazy, watching things play out on TV. They all seemed nutz to me, but from what I saw, I too concluded that he was one nasty racist guy, and half of his supporters were scum bags.
But wait a minute, who was I to render serious comments without personally vetting the candidates?
This is book is Trump explained. A truly MUST READ prior to voting. The word 'complex' cannot come close to explaining the ebullient Donald Trump, his life, his women, his money or lack of money, and, . . . most importantly, his mind. Watching the news channels mindlessly with so many non-intentional and perhaps even deliberately crafted red herrings, one is far from understanding the intricateness of this opulent, for lack of a better word, individual.
After two listens to this wonderful book, I can say I feel that I finally have a modicum of understanding of his thoughts and actions. I must say how very cool to watch as he/it literally evolves/unfolds in real-time on television and YouTube.
"Must read prior to the election in November"
Read only if you want to know the real Donald J Trump and what to expect if he is elected.
"A swagtastic voyage"
Compelling, insightful, terrifying.
I'm a fan of Anthony Jezelnik
This one is hard, but the Wrestle-mania parts are good.
Well written. Well researched. Well preformed. Well organized. The book makes you hate Trump as much as you feel him and his personal story and view. Well done. Nice Job.
Trump Revealed is must reading during this horrendous cycle! Much of Trump's financial, business and legal hassles are examined in. a seemingly straightforward manner. Some of the info has already appeared elsewhere, but a great deal was a real eye-opener to me (and I'm a native Manhattanite).
"Insightful Reporting, Little from Trump Himself"
Definitely! Regardless of whether you will or won't vote for Trump, this fact-based look at Trump's business practices is crucial for a decision regarding for whom one should vote and an example of solid reporting.
I enjoyed hearing details about how he pulled off selling his name as a brand.
If he stopped sounding so heavy handed...it sounded like he was reading a murder mystery.
It was clear that towards the end the reporters were rushing to finish a deadline, and I wish that the team had learned more about his personal life and his the influence of his adult children on his businesses. Those were largely absent.
"BEST BOOK EVER!"
You know, ehm, some people..good smart people, they say that this book is the most tremendous book in the history of books that they have EVER read. Ever. PERIOD.
"Very interesting book "
Very interesting book about Trump, how he have lived, and what he have stand for. he comes not nice out of this book, is more crook than business man, no rules hose him. Even it was nice book to listen to and very interesting in all cases.
"You should be worried"
Amongst a climate of chaos this book comes across as balanced and well researched. With the understanding that it is a group effort by several writers, the timeline is at times a little erratic, but the focus is upon a thematic tale. Many of Trump's current... errr... behavioural aspects become more recognisable and understandable. Anybody with an interest in American or World politics, stability or the future should read or listen to this book.
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