The Making of Donald Trump

The Making of Donald Trump

Posted by jack_miller | Published 5 months ago

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By: David Cay Johnston

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER that connects the dots from Donald Trump's racist background to the Russian scandals

"A searing indictment." — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Johnston has given us this year's must-read Trump book." — Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The international bestseller that brought Trump's long history of racism, mafia ties, and shady business dealings into the limelight. Now with a New Introduction and Epilogue.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, who had spent thirty years chronicling Donald Trump for the New York Times and other leading newspapers, takes readers from the origins of the Trump family fortune—his grandfather's Yukon bordellos during the Gold Rush—to his tumultuous gambling and real estate dealings in New York and Atlantic City, all the way to his election as president of the United States, giving us a deeply researched and shockingly full picture of one of the most controversial figures of our time.

”Provides useful, vigorously reported overviews of Mr. Trump’s life and career ... Mr. Johnston, who has followed the real estate impresario for nearly three decades, offers a searing indictment of his business practices and creative accounting.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

”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

”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
Mr. Johnston's book is not a biography. It's more of a rap sheet. Granted, the author is a well-respected, multiple award-winning investigative reporter who has followed Trump's antics since 1988. Mr. Johnston's business and tax knowledge makes him uniquely adept at covering our forty-fifth president. He acknowledges that he has an ego that is probably comparable to Trump which only became apparent to me in this third book I've read by the author. I highly recommend his other works; 'Perfectly Legal' and 'Free Lunch.' They ought to rightly raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels. Mr. Johnston writes in a clear easy-to-understand style about Trump's many, many, maaaaaaaaany shenanigans prior to him moving into the White House or running for president in 2016.

'The Making of Donald Trump' is a quick read. It focuses on his business dealings and self puffery. The book does not cover his multiple affairs, business dealings with Russia, or his relationship with his wives and family. What the work does serve up is a highly unethical, pathological liar who is motivated by greed and public acclamation. It shows Trump has absolutely no qualms of scamming people and causing them deep pain if it will increase his wealth. The moldy bananas sitting on my kitchen counter are more civic-minded than President Foghorn Leghorn has ever been during his entire life. 'The Making of Donald Trump' covers such events as Trump University, his casinos, his tax dodging, links with mafia members, his use of lawyers to bully, how he caused the destruction of the nascent United States Football League, his amorphous net worth, fake awards he has given himself, naturally his golf courses, and the huckster's perpetual myth maintenance. Sadly, Mr. Johnston only touches a bit on Trump's relationship with the evil (and, yes, I do mean evil) Roy Cohn. The author frequently uses actual Trump recorded gobbledygook to support his evidence as well as to highlight the subject matter's less-than-average intelligence. The book is also heavily annotated and does not include any photos.

As I write this review, it is May 2018. President Foghorn Leghorn's approval rating hovers around the thirties which means his base is loyal despite all the horrible, coarse, and chaotic stuff he has done since taking office. If any of his avid followers read 'The Making of Donald Trump,' they will very likely dismiss it as a liberal hack job. They're flat-out wrong, but you'd have an easier time convincing them chocolate milk comes only from brown cows than believing Mr. Johnston's writing. The book is for readers that want to know more about our current president's ethics. This information was always out there but it nice to see it collected in one book.

- tatiana_jimenez

I knew most of what David Cay Johnston compiled but not all of it. Great gift for Trump supporters better gift for people who didn't vote.

I was born and raised in NYC and I am one year younger than the clown in the White House. Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx voters voted overwhelmingly for his opponent. The only borough where the majority of voters voted for the malignant narcissist was Staten Island, my home borough. I escaped when I left for college. The poor souls on Staten Island will never admit that they made a mistake.

This book is an easy read, even for Staten Islanders.

- camila_thompson

As a Canadian, I was at a loss to understand the results of our southern neighbour’s 2016 election. So I turned to this book for a possible explanation. While it is well written and shocking in its revelations, to me it did not live up to the title. Be aware that this is not a well-rounded biography, but rather a detailed and well-documented litany of Trump’s sleazy business dealings. There is almost no discussion of his brief but spectacular political ascent, aside from a tacked-on epilogue. To gain deeper insight into his character, one would expect some analysis of his childhood and three marriages, but none of that is covered here. Nor is there the detached objectivity one would expect from a seasoned journalist. In fact, the author displays some of the same tendencies to self-promotion and spite that he attributes to his subject. If you are looking for an objective analysis of how this President was “made,” look elsewhere.

- elise_kim

This book is an easy to read, fact-filled, footnote-filled personal/financial biography of Donald J. Trump. Want to know about Trump's family history? It's here, and footnoted. Want to know about Trump's early business life? It's here, and footnoted. Want to know about about Trump's taxes, his casinos, about the fake names he's used and the women he said he's dated but didn't, and the one he's denied he's "dated" but did? It's all here and more and it's all footnoted. You'll find out that Trump has worked very hard at only three things: sex, money and self-promotion. For Trump, nothing exists beyond that, and yes, that's footnoted, too. This book is well with the money and well-worth the bearing the anxiety you'll feel about our country after reading it.

- bryant_brooks

To form an opinion on a candidate the worst thing that you can form your judgment on is what he or she says at a rally. You must search for an accredited author such as this one with plenty of endnotes to search out. This is the second book by this author that I have read on Donald Trump and I recommend him highly almost more than Woodward. This country is blessed with excellent journalist . You will have a good experience reading this book it is like sitting in your living room with him as he walks you through the makeup of this man that should not be president.

- leonidas_long

This book was written by a Pulitzer Prize winning author and lecturer at Syracuse University. It was meticulously researched and documented. If any tRumpster reads the book and still believes that Trump isn't just a lying, dishonest, incompetent buffoon, then they should have their head examined.

- frances_nguyen

I have read all the current books on Mr.Trump.The genius of Mr. Johnston's writing is that he focuses with dispassionate clarity on Mr. Trump's history, especially on his business dealings, based on hard, clear facts, to shed light on his character, or actually, the lack thereof. Everything that Mr. Trump has done in the Presidency was entirely predictable in light of this history. And if anyone wonders what Mr. Trump might do in the future, read this book. There's no "FAKE NEWS" there.

- zain_hall

Decent book--horrible president

- cullen_taylor

What a revelation

- eason_ramirez

Another for my husband

- ronnie_sanders

must read,

- maximo_ramos

Thank you. The Trump Story is so very interesting and gives an excellent profile of Trump.

- amaris_reyes

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