Trump Revealed

Trump Revealed

An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power

Book - 2016
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Authoritative, timely, and provocative, this deeply researched biography of Donald Trump provides a complex portrait of the man who--despite broad skepticism--could be the next president of the United States. Despite decades of scrutiny, many aspects of Trump's life are not well known. Few individuals have ever roamed so widely through such diverse realms as real estate, sports, entertainment, and national politics. To discover Trump in full, The Washington Post assembled a team of reporters and researchers to delve into every aspect of his improbable life, from his privileged upbringing in Queens to his astonishing 2016 rise to seize the Republican candidacy for president. Coauthored by Washington Post investigative political reporter Michael Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher, this comprehensive book documents Trump's family roots, his aggressive efforts to make a name for himself in New York social circles, and his penchant for big bets--on real estate, branded businesses, and, ultimately, on himself. The authors, seasoned journalists who interviewed Trump for this book, scrutinize everything from his youthful alliance with the power broker Roy Cohn to his alleged dealings with organized crime and his controversial projects in New York City, Atlantic City, Florida, Scotland, and Azerbaijan. The authors examine Trump's wealth, the evolution of his political beliefs, and his peculiar identity as a billionaire businessman, celebrity, global brand, television star, and now candidate for the most powerful office in the world.--Adapted from dust jacket
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501155772
1501155776
Characteristics: x, 431 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fisher, Marc - Author

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slarsen
Mar 05, 2017

Very well written. Interesting and easy to read.

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AQUILEA777
Mar 03, 2017

Hostile biography.
--- Stock-swindle story is not credible under securities laws.
--- Investors who lost via Trump were not all innocent. Casino backers hoped to fleece bettors. Trump U students wanted to learn how to outwit others.
--- Trump claimed intangible billions of net worth. The authors treat this as a sham, but top corporations do it. Obama wasted $50 billion trying to keep General Motors from bankruptcy, but the whole equity ownership was wiped out. The current G.M. is a new legal entity launched with more government funds. Yet Democrats treat the G.M. fiasco as a success. The authors ignore this context in debunking Trump. And they themselves say his notoriety was worth $2 billion in free publicity.
--- The authors blame Trump for questioning Obama's birthplace. Yet from 1991 to 2007, Obama's literary agency said he was born in Kenya. The Clintons first pursued the issue.
--- The authors blame Trump for denouncing the Central Park Five, without noting that the Five were in the Park at the time with a gang that did commit several violent crimes, and that the Five had confessed.
--- The authors blame Trump for courting bluecollar workers, whom new Liberals consider bigots. They blame him for fistfights at his rallies caused by paid Democrat disrupters. They defend Hillary's Iraq War vote against Trump's claim that warmakers knew Saddam had no WMD. They attack Trump's stand on Muslims, but not Bush/Obama demolition of five Muslim countries. They deplore Trump's xenophobia, but not Democrat McCarthyism regarding Russia. They say nothing of Hillary's sale of Senate votes and State Dept rulings to foreigners (see CLINTON CASH). They ridicule Trump's request for reports of three pages (Churchill's limit was one page).
--- Liberals said Trump was "against core American values" (abortion, sodomy, and open borders). They accused him of religious bias while they themselves banned school prayer,
suppressed Christmas, punished Christians who refused to participate in gay weddings, ridiculed Intelligent Design, hounded the Catholic Church, prosecuted Mormon splinter sects, and bombed Muslim countries. They warned that reviving US industry would spark a trade war and harm the elitist importing class. For 17 months they said Trump was delusional to think he could be elected -- and that if he were, the stock market would instantly crash (it rose strongly). Madman John McCain called Trump supporters "crazies". Now these vultures claim Trump is a Russian agent. Why believe anything they say?

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runningbeard
Jan 05, 2017

What a monstrous individual.

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PAMELAB7279
Dec 29, 2016

This book is meticulously researched and indexed. I had no intention of reading this book cover to cover but used the 17-page index to gain insight into the life of the man who will be our next President. With 60 pages of notes documenting every statement in the 347 pages of writing a very accurate image of Donald Trump may be gained beginning with his childhood and ending with the Republican Convention.

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baldand
Dec 01, 2016

Rated as a general biography of Trump’s life up to the time he officially became the Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 election, it deserves a three. However, given that it was specifically designed as a tool to aid American voters in evaluating the Republican nominee in the upcoming election it only rates a two, as the political information in the book is scant and shamefully slanted against Trump.
The most impressive aspect of the book is the remarkable professionalism with which it was put together in a matter of months. There are virtually no typos in it. The style is clear, elegant and witty. Remarkably, with two credited authors and probably any number of other Washington Post contributors, one is never conscience that there is more than one narrator, and the book is a page-turner from start to finish.
Unfortunately, with chapters that have titles like “’Best Sex I’ve Ever Had’”, it is often a voyeuristic tabloid-style life, and not the thoughtful evaluation of a man, his work and his policies that it was intended to be.
We learn that Trump’s third wife, Melania appeared “on the cover of GQ’s British edition, lying on a fur throw in Trump’s Boeing 747, apparently naked but for a diamond choker and matching bracelets”. However, we are only told that she “immigrated to the United States from the former Yugoslavia, the authors not deeming it of interest that she was born in Slovenia when it was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, but came to the US as a Slovenian citizen and the bearer of a Slovenian passport. We are told that in addition to English she speaks French, German and Italian. We are not told that she also speaks Slovenian, her mother tongue, and Serbo-Croatian, the main language of Yugoslavia when she was growing up there. If a reader were to take the book at face value, one would assume that she had grown up in a minority ethnic German or Italian household In Yugoslavia and left at an early age so she never learnt any Slavic language. These are, perhaps, minor points, but they do undervalue the accomplishments of Trump’s wife, and they made me distrust the book in general.
The omissions in the very short political part of the book are staggering and make it quite useless for someone interested in what to expect from a Trump presidency. For a Canadian one of the more glaring is the 1897-m Keystone XL pipeline. Ex-community organizer Barack Obama vetoed it immediately following Justin Trudeau taking office as PM of Canada, a man with the delusional belief that all the barriers to Keystone XL would disappear once a cool, environmentally conscious leader like himself took power in Ottawa. Hillary Clinton waffled on it in her usual way, but finally came out against it during the fight for the Democratic nomination. Trump has said he is in favour of it, and there is little doubt that it will go forward once he takes office. Elsewhere in the book, the authors sneer at Trump for his skepticism about global warming, but don’t draw a connection between his views on climate change and his support for the Keystone XL pipeline, which has a lot of backers among American voters. In spite of its balanced style, this is basically a crude hatchet-job on Trump at the political level.

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masonrobert068
Sep 12, 2016

“Trump Revealed” is an up-to-date biography of the man who, at this writing, may be less than two months away from becoming president. Trump’s story as told here is an incredible one, replete with double-dealing, self-aggrandizement, instruction in how to get rich through bankruptcy and of how to parlay outrageous coarseness of character and unrelenting mendacity into fame, fortune, and political power. The authors are experienced journalists who would surely under normal circumstances be outraged that a sociopathic serial financial criminal is knocking on the white house door. But they succumb too much to the need to be even-handed, and they become breathless as they watch the Trump nightmare carnival play out, in the process making mainstream a new flavor of American fascism. Their ‘wow look how he did this!” reaction is understandable, but morally and intellectually inadequate. All of us are called upon, in this very dark political hour in our history, to come up with a more forceful one, and to put our shoulders to the wheel to stop this nightmare from becoming reality.

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