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The Making of Donald Trump Audiobook

The Making of Donald Trump

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Publisher's Summary

The culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul's rise to power and prominence.

Covering the long arc of Trump's career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, New York, 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 real estate fortune to his own too-big-to-fail business empire; from his education and early career to his whirlwind 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 more closely than any other journalist working today, gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who would be president.

©2016 David Cay Johnston (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    S Wood 01/09/2016
    S Wood 01/09/2016
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    "Lifts the lid on the corruption"

    You always approach books like this with some reservation as political exposè always have an agenda. This tale of essentially a mobster who is running for President just gives you case after case of law suits and dealings which are all a matter of public record. If you can vote in America listen to this book. People need to know and make up their minds with all the facts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr M. Turner Surrey, UK 06/02/2017
    Mr M. Turner Surrey, UK 06/02/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Confirms our deepest concerns about Trump."

    Having observed the US Election in 2016 with a combination of sadness and horror, I wanted more facts on Trump. My gut instincts were that he was a 'snake oil' salesman saying whatever his constituents wanted to hear as well as an outrageous narcissist completely consumed by himself and what is best for him.
    This book helps to put proper investigated information on the table and not 'fake news' or alternative facts that has been so prevalent these last few months.
    It will confirm your fears and we will continue to ask how such a great country as the USA has voted in such a con artist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Johnson 27/11/2016
    Lance Johnson 27/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Corruption/Crime links/Disasters of Trump!"
    What did you like most about The Making of Donald Trump?

    It summarises most of Trump's career highlights- giving evidence for each accusation. It talks about his links with crime, Trump casino failures, memory lapses related to court cases, his 2nd father Roy Cone (prosecutor in McCarthy age), his real family, how he nearly led to death of his nephew's infant by attempting to take away his critical life insurance while in hospital, his bankruptcies, his lies bragging about relations with women e.g. Carla Bruni, the way he acted like his own publicist, and more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trump


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favourite?

    The author


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part where while his nephew's infant son was in hospital requiring critical care, and the fact that Trump who tried to cut his nephew out of the family inheritance (and thereby their medical insurance) would have led to a death sentence to the child. At that point I realised Donald was a villain, and the fact he is going to be president should frighten all.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is easy listening, and it summarises all the evidence against the competence of Donald Trump. The author is an investigative report who has won a Pullitzer Prize. In some places I feel he had been a bit overcritical of Donald e.g. Trump says he made 6 million in fundraising for his campaign, when actually he got 5 million - well ok it was wrong, but not way off, and fundraisers knows that not every pledge made gets paid.

    It is a good book for journalists to get a baseline of cases to look, and then expand their research further to take on Trump, and prepare for his inevitable impeachment.

    I have listened to the following books on Trump, and hopefully this will guide u into what u would like to listen to.

    Art of Deal by Trump: A first hand account on how Donald Trump's working week is like - its like a journal - but please listen with a critical ear - Trump is known to over exaggerate and flat out lie. Not much in learning the tricks and trades of Trump.

    Trumped by Jack O'Connell: A former disgruntled executive of Trump provides his insight and his interactions with Trump while working at Trump Plaza casino. Again listen with a critical ear, but an easy listen, and a more gossipy/Tabloid approach to Trump - it talks about Trump's attitude, behaviour, lack of concentration, affairs with Maples/other women etc.

    This Book: An evidence based presentation of Trump and his business dealings, over the past years.

    Each of these books has added to my understanding of Trump, and all have things that the others don't

    I would listen to this book, if u wish to know the clear evidence against Trump, being more objective than the other two. It boasts interviews with many people who have directly interacted with Trump.

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    shiry saar 13/10/2016
    shiry saar 13/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Crazy man, story told in a fascinating way"

    Loved it.. Especially the early years and what made DT who he is... And the back and forth between the past and present help create a round image of the man

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  • Isaac Sherman
    16/08/16
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    "Very informative, brief."

    No wasted ink on these pages. They barely read with more continuity than a bullet list, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The details that are present are useful, and paint a disturbing picture of the man who would be president.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    TEMECULA, CA, United States
    15/08/16
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    "A horrifying must read for every voter"

    Please buy this book…it’s important that you hear this. To say that I’m not a fan of Donald Trump is an understatement …but never in my wildest dreams (or nightmares) did I fully understand the ruthless, soulless, greedy ignorance which is Donald Trump. This book is superbly researched and immaculately sourced with first hand interviews with people who have come to know Mr. Trump the best. The things he has done are breathtakingly sleazy and frankly disgusting. He clearly has neither a moral compass nor any sense of common decency. Given the extraordinarily cavalier relationship he has with the rules of our society and the law of the land this book lays out it’s amazing his orange hair doesn’t match his orange jumpsuit. The book takes on his rather sad childhood, his business history and political ambitions with clear eyed, well written, entertaining and through detail. It’s very well written and very well read but it’s a tough read. It made my flesh run pretty much every chapter. This this charlatan is only behind by 5-10 points in the general election is testament to how divided we are as a nation. If you are interested in this election (and you should be) please spend the credit and get this book and maybe send a copy to a friend. I’m sure the hard core fans of Mr. Trump will neither read this book nor care about what it so clearly reveals (if they read). But the rest of us should know what we are getting into with this loathsome narcissist. Another good read I have in my Audible Library is “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout. Anyone listening to that book and this excellent book on The Donald will quite readily draw some very worrying conclusions. What we really don’t need is an update to the Stout book called “The Sociopath in The White House.”

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  • Arthur
    14/08/16
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    "Good, but could be better"

    If you are interested about Donald Trump, I would recommend first reading The Truth about Trump. 85% of this book's content is contained in that book and is properly put in context.

    I listened to the author of the Making of Trump on a Point of Inquiry podcast, and I was very impressed and I couldn't wait to buy this book. This book has some good content and it's narrative of the Japanese Whale is absolutely excellent. However, it looks like this book was rapidly put together and it comes across as a series of disconnected vignettes which is more of an indictment of Trump and less of a narrative or explanation of why he behaves the way he does.

    I think if the author spent more time on this book it could have been an excellent book. That being said, I do realize the author did want to get this book out before the November election.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Leahmgordon
    Little Canada, MN
    27/08/16
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    "Exellent audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to The Making of Donald Trump the most enjoyable?

    I think the author used facts and information to make his case, which is what I need to hear right now. I don't want people making fun of each other... I want data. This book provides that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself even more concerned than I was before about the amount of power that this man could potentially have in our country.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    27/01/17
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    "Who did I vote for!"

    I should have listened to this book last January. Now, I'm sick to my stomach.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thone
    Glendale, CA, USA
    03/01/17
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    "Great revelations of character."

    here are great revelations of character. Too bad the media didn't pay attention. Crying shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • garbage_hater
    08/12/16
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    "Unfortunately disturbing"
    Would you listen to The Making of Donald Trump again? Why?

    I could see coming back to this book as the Pres-Elect works his way through his journey as the 45th. It's a challenge to fully believe some of the outlandish behavior highlighted in this book, it truly does seem fictional but his behavior during the campaign makes one wonder what the next 4 years will be like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This turned out to be a good book for a 5.5 hour drive, not a snooze fest but certainly a question generator for someone looking for more information on a substantially controversial political figure.


    Any additional comments?

    UNOFFICIAL WARNING You may not want to listen to this book if you have neck problems you could find yourself shaking your head uncontrollably:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Juanita S. Womack
    Macon, GA, US
    27/11/16
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    "An Interesting Book"

    For the readers who want to attempt to understand a narcissistic person like Donald Trump, this book provides insight into Trump's madness, into his brain - such that it is. It explains how he could make the statement "I listen to myself because I have a good brain" as well as saying "I know more than the generals do. " I definitely enjoyed chuckling to myself as I was driving around in my car. I bet my readers will get a charge out of "The Making of Donald Trump" as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glenda
    Kansas City, MO, United States
    30/10/16
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    "A crook and liar just conned half of Americans!"
    If you could sum up The Making of Donald Trump in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent detailed exposure of a con man.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The writer of this book is my favorite character, because he spent 30 years collecting data and investigating Donald Trumps .


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How and why did Donald Trump came to be the Republican Nominee/


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy Martin
    Spokane Valley, WA, US
    29/10/16
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    "Amazing what the rich & powerful can get away with"

    What a horrible man. He was raised in the culture of "we have, and we don't care that you don't." His father's blatant racism, and Donald's ties to the mafia, the drug trade, and high crime, were so apparent - but the agencies that are put in place to stop the likes of his family and friends, absolutely looked the other way. Johnston's decades long research displays the facts, even though when he started I'm sure it never entered his mind that Donald, with all his arrogance, flippant and abusive attitude toward everyone, , as well as his dangerous temperament, would make it to the precipice of the presidency.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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