The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

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Voters ready to pull the trigger one way or another probably won’t be swayed by these revelations, but they are highly damning indeed.


THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER that first revealed the Russia connection

The culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, this in-depth report by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul's rise to prominence --- and, now, ultimate power
Covering the long arc of Trump’s career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY would become an entirely new, and complex, breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy.
From the origins of his family’s fortune, to his own too-big-to-fail business empire; from his education and early career, to his whirlwind and ultimately successful presidential bid, The Making of Donald Trump provides the fullest picture yet of Trump’s extraordinary ascendency. Love him or hate him, Trump’s massive influence is undeniable, and figures as diverse as Woody Guthrie (who wrote a scathing song about Trump’s father) and Red Scare prosecutor Roy Cohn, mob bosses and high rollers, as well as the average American voter, have all been pulled into his orbit.
Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump longer and more closely than any other journalist working today, gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who has shocked the world.

”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

About David Cay Johnston

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David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The New York Times, has hunted down a killer the police failed to catch, exposed LAPD abuses, caused two television stations to lose their licenses over news manipulations, and revealed Donald Trump’s true net worth. He has uncovered so many tax dodges that he has been called the “de facto chief tax enforcement officer of the United States.” His last book, Perfectly Legal, was a New York Times bestseller and honored as Book of the Year by the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. Over his forty-year career he has won many other honors, including a George Polk Award.
Published August 2, 2016 by Melville House. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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on Jul 29 2016

Voters ready to pull the trigger one way or another probably won’t be swayed by these revelations, but they are highly damning indeed.

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Reviewed by David J Lynch on Aug 16 2016

...when you are taking down one of the world’s great narcissists, go easy on self-promotion. Still, that is a minor flaw in a work that delivers so much insight.

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Reviewed by Donna Seaman on Aug 30 2016

By exposing what he argues is Trump’s strategic flouting of the law, as well as his belief in revenge as a “guiding principle” and his strategy of “sowing doubt and threatening litigation,” Johnston hopes that his book will prompt readers to carefully “evaluate the prospect of a Trump presidency.”

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Reviewed by Michael Russell on Aug 13 2016

...dig into his early years and some of his family background. As to the truth of these claims, readers will need to make up their own minds.

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Reviewed by David Bromwich on May 18 2017

David Cay Johnston, who recently made headlines by releasing a portion of Trump’s 2005 tax return, knows whatever can be known about Trump’s career, which he covered as a journalist for three decades, and he has the necessary courage for the disagreeable work.

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