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New York Times best seller • With unparalleled reporting, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter continues to break news about the most important political story of our lives as he chronicles the clash between a president and the officials of his own government who tried to stop him.

“A meticulously reported volume that clearly benefits from the author’s extraordinary access...[a] startling dissection of the Trump presidency.” (The New York Times)

In the early days of the Trump presidency, the people who work in the institutions that make America America saw Trump up close in the Oval Office and became convinced that they had to stand up to an unbound president. These officials faced a situation without parallel in American history: What do you do, and who do you call, if you are the only one standing between the president, his extraordinary powers, and the abyss?

Michael S. Schmidt’s Donald Trump v. the United States tells the dramatic, high-stakes story of those who felt compelled to confront and try to contain the most powerful man in the world as he shredded norms and sought to expand his power.

Schmidt has broken many of the major stories of the Trump era, from the news of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account to the report on former FBI director James Comey’s contemporaneous memos of conversations with Trump that led directly to the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Now he takes us inside the defining events of the presidency, chronicles them up close, and records the clash between an increasingly emboldened president and those around him, who find themselves trying to thwart the president they had pledged to serve, unsure whether he is acting in the interest of the country, his ego, his family business, or Russia. Through their eyes and ears, we observe an epic struggle.

Drawing on secret FBI and White House documents and confidential sources inside federal law enforcement and the West Wing, Donald Trump v. the United States is vital journalism, recording the shocking reality of a presidency like no other, a riveting contemporary history, and a lasting account of just how fragile and vulnerable the institutions of American democracy really are.

©2020 Michael Schmidt (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Great content average narration

Huge respect for the author and the research and analysis to present this work. I now have a much clearer understanding of what the USA just experienced. Narration by the author would have been much better if done by an experienced narrator. Perhaps it’s not too late to change this as more copies will sell especially in light of recent events?? Well done. Great story if only it was just a story.

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  • megan
  • 03-09-2020

OMG THE NARRATOR

I haven’t finished this book, and although I want to, I don’t know if I will because I DO NOT like the way he reads this book. I have nothing bad to say about the content of the book, but OMG I wish somebody else had narrated.

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  • Dr D
  • 01-09-2020

Insightful read

This offers us the public a small peak inside the truth of our democracy which is being eroded and hidden from us.

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  • In the Mountains
  • 03-09-2020

Should have hired a narrator.

This is probably an awesome book. I’m going to have to buy the print version, though. The author’s narration is simultaneously overly-emphatic and monotone, which is exhausting to listen to. I couldn’t even make it through the first chapter and I doubt I retained any of it due to aural fatigue.

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  • Charlie Austen
  • 03-09-2020

Interesting Times

A first draft of history as written by the winners. Because truth and justice always win in our country, Mr. Barr.

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  • Robert
  • 06-09-2020

Clarification

In this book Michael Schmidt was able to fill in the blanks of the story of President Trump’s time in the White House. It is without question the finest first draft of history in recent times and I believe an example of the journalistic integrity of the reporters at the New York Times.

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  • Dianne
  • 06-09-2020

Excellent Book!!!

I listened to this book while sewing masks for hey connector. I learned things I never knew and it changed my view on so many people and what actually happened behind the stories. Knowledge is Power and this book is POWERFUL.

Dianne

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  • jody Sheridan
  • 05-09-2020

This is a "must read" for every American,

Every American needs to read this book before they cast their ballot this year. Michael Schultz's investigation is exhausting and his narrative is remarkable. The narration is skillful and passionate, he needs to narrate another. The ending was the hardest part to digest.

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  • Frankss
  • 04-09-2020

Amazing

So much information that I didn’t know, as a political junkie this is a must have for a behind the scenes look at how stories develop.

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  • L. Maranto
  • 07-09-2020

Every American should read this.

Every American should read this before the 2020 presidential election. Most of this has been revealed elsewhere, except for the fact that Trump’s ties to the Russian government have not been investigated at all. Yet, it is presented in a well organized, chronological fashion that has not been done, to my knowledge.

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  • S. Leppard
  • 04-09-2020

Nothing we didn’t already know

While the book lines up the more events in order it doesn’t touch on the current events. There’s nothing about Nunes clandestine visit to the White House. And nothing about 45’s fomenting division throughout the USA. I was disappointed that the book didn’t cover events beyond Barr wanting to release Stone.

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  • Mark
  • 06-09-2020

Recommended

I've followed this administration closely over the last (almost) four years. Therefore much of the content of this book was already familiar to me, but Schmidt does a great job of focussing on some of the most significant events and characters of this presidency so far and weaving a coherent narrative from the chaos.

If you have been following the reporting over the last four years then having further insight into some of the behind the scenes decisions made by the Times is truly fascinating, plus there are a few explosive but previously unreported stories included here.

The book illustrates over and over again the realisation of just how unfit for office Trump is by some of his closest allies.

It is well written, pithy and serves as a useful reminder ahead of the upcoming election season. Recommended.

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  • Snow Angel
  • 23-09-2020

wake up America and GB

Great book, very informative and very concerning. A must read for those who care about the world and the future for your children and their children. Wake up America and GB, at least be aware of what is happening and where it leads. If the future looks good under these circumstances, laid out in this book, then it is already too late. If you are worried about where we are and what the future holds under current circumstances then it's time to vote for a better outcome.

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  • BPatel
  • 11-04-2021

Well laid out

The book gave a great insight into what was in the news outlets regarding all the investigations.

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  • Susan
  • 25-10-2020

Sorry got bored..narrator voice not great 😪

cant return it dont know why I'm so sorry but I could not stick narrators voice sorry

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  • Fairwater
  • 17-10-2020

Excellent research brought to life but narration was tough going

Dense with detail and informative.
A fine body of work and the author well deserves our admiration.

Performance was not so great for me. I found the narration too fast and monotonous. I struggled to stay focused on the content.

It is a long audio book but I could’ve done with one of the many excellent audible voices to
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