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Trump Revealed Audiobook

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power

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A comprehensive biography of Donald Trump, the Republican front runner in the presidential election campaign.

Trump Revealed is reported by a team of award-winning Washington Post journalists and coauthored by investigative political reporter Michael Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher.

Trump Revealed offers the most thorough and wide-ranging examination of Donald Trump's public and private lives to date, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy to his turbulent careers in real estate and entertainment to his astonishing rise as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The book is based on the investigative reporting of more than two dozen Post reporters and researchers who leverage their expertise in politics, business, legal affairs, sports, and other areas. The effort is guided by a team of editors headed by executive editor Martin Baron, who joined the newspaper in 2013 after his successful tenure running The Boston Globe, which included the Spotlight team's investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

©2016 WP Company LLC. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Ben 02/03/2017
    Ben 02/03/2017
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    "More balanced than I expected"

    I'm guessing that many of the people who worked on this book were pretty hostile to Trump. On the whole I think they did a pretty good job of putting their personal distaste to one side and giving a fair overview of Trump's eventful life.
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    His failures get more attention than his successes, but perhaps they are just more interesting / revealing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nick UK 20/02/2017
    Nick UK 20/02/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "You should be worried"

    Amongst a climate of chaos this book comes across as balanced and well researched. With the understanding that it is a group effort by several writers, the timeline is at times a little erratic, but the focus is upon a thematic tale. Many of Trump's current... errr... behavioural aspects become more recognisable and understandable. Anybody with an interest in American or World politics, stability or the future should read or listen to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Guðlaugur Guðmundsson Iceland 07/10/2016
    Guðlaugur Guðmundsson Iceland 07/10/2016 Member Since 2016

    I am 58 years old, I love to read, and listen to books. I live in Iceland. I am lucky I understand english very well.

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    "Very interesting book "

    Very interesting book about Trump, how he have lived, and what he have stand for. he comes not nice out of this book, is more crook than business man, no rules hose him. Even it was nice book to listen to and very interesting in all cases.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Lacey 25/01/2017
    Karl Lacey 25/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "BEST BOOK EVER!"

    You know, ehm, some people..good smart people, they say that this book is the most tremendous book in the history of books that they have EVER read. Ever. PERIOD.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel Morgan Newbury, West Berkshire, UK 23/08/2017
    Nigel Morgan Newbury, West Berkshire, UK 23/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "True stories about Trump"

    No joy listening to this book... Just confirms your worst fears about the 45th President.

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    Thomas Moore 07/03/2017
    Thomas Moore 07/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "good...not great"

    This book was okay. It had nothing new that is not already in the public domain and hardly a mention of how Russia helped rig the election and how Trumps campaign had deep rooted ties to Russia.

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    Minnesota
    24/08/16
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    "Riveting book that will polarize readers"

    You forget you're reading about a presidential candidate. This book reads like an engrossing biography of a business mogul in the vein of Rockefeller or Jobs. Men who embodied the American archetype of the maverick entrepreneur. Complicated men with difficult personalities and big ambitions.

    But the comparison ends there.

    A group of Washington Post reporters assembled this book in record time. And unlike another reviewer, I marveled at how seamlessly the pieces fit together--except where the chronology backtracks to follow some new thread of inquiry.

    This book is going to polarize readers. If you like Trump, you will find the candidate's family history, business deals and branding savvy informative. But you'll flinch at the way the authors' choose to tell the stories of Trump's life, which are on the whole unflattering.

    Still, those readers opposed to candidate Trump might be surprised (or not) that these reporters from a decidedly liberal-leaning newspaper have reined in their narrative. Unlike what is turning out to be the usual run of anti-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton books, this biography doesn't call out what the authors' perceive as Trump's character flaws in ALL CAPS and exclamation points.

    The reporters haven woven an absorbing biography. The preface places Trump in the months leading up to his candidacy. Chapter one offers standard biography fare, with backstories on the grandparents and parents.

    Father Fred Trump's real estate dealings and allegations of racist rental policies are teased out. There are stories of Trump as a pranksterish youth and as a young man of means desperate to throw off his father's business and set off on his own terms. Trump comes off as a supremely confident and monomaniacal figure obsessed with deal making (big surprise there), real estate and himself. The Marla Maples affair gets ink. We get some insight into the real estate projects in New York, Atlantic City, Panama, Scotland, etc.

    Other topics: Miss Universe pageant, the reality TV show, television cameo roles, bankruptcies, net worth, history with the Clintons, flip-flopping party affiliation, appeal to the masses, evolving political platform, the Trump brand, the 2016 Republican primaries and Republican National Convention.

    The book touches on the major plot points in Trump's life and uses them to build a picture of Trump as a man, businessman--and potential candidate. Along the way, the authors try to answer why Trump the presidential candidate is so alluring to certain voters and equally horrifying to others.

    35 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    "Trump Truth"

    Do I have to be careful about what I say? Can I be sued for writing a book review? These thoughts occur to me as I prepare to summarise this book.

    Well, firstly, it’s an interesting listen. Donald Trump has definitely had an interesting life. If you’ve been reading the news for the last year then I think you will already have an idea of the character of this man, and my impression is that the Donald Trump of this book is very consistent with the persona portrayed in the media.

    I’m going to grossly oversimplify things by splitting what I learned about Trump into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ attributes:

    Good:
    • He’s fearless
    • He’s happy to join in with any sort of media/publicity exercise with minimal preparation – happy to just be himself and rely on his spontaneous charisma. He isn’t a fake.
    • He has the ability to inspire people
    • He was good at sport

    Bad:
    • His primary motivation appears to be self-aggrandisement and self-enrichment. I don’t think he’s really interested in the greater good.
    • In his many business dealings it has all been about winning. Lots of people have been victims of collateral damage in the course of these dealings, and I don’t think that would have troubled Trump’s conscience. The goal of victory or profit is sufficient justification for any harm that might have come to anyone in the course of doing business. There are simply winners and losers.
    • His evaluation of women appears to be based on physical attractiveness alone
    • There are some suggestions in the book that he has been involved in racist activities
    • He promotes gambling (by owning casinos) and the objectification of women (by owning beauty pageants)

    Overall impression:
    He might make a good general, because he seems to inspire people and he’s ruthless in pursuit of his goals (he didn’t go to Vietnam, but that’s another story). He’d make a terrible president. He has already established a reputation for racism, sexism and for confrontational positions towards Mexicans and Muslims. He doesn’t appear to have the diplomacy and sensitivity required of this role, and his motivation for seeking office is questionable.

    The book is a valuable listen because it gives you the opportunity to evaluate whether all the negative press about Trump is justified – and as a bonus it is an interesting listen.

    35 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Austin, TX, United States
    25/08/16
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    "All You've Seen, Read, Heard--In One Place"

    If you like Trump, skip this book as it's a biography where his past is thoroughly delved into, complete with a story of how he, as a child, went into a neighbor's backyard only to be found throwing rocks at her toddler (Trump says he was just a "rambunctious" kid). It goes through later years at boarding school where he seemed to find his way but, when bested in scores, blasts his friend for cheating (sound familiar?).
    It's an exasperating look at the many, many, MANY questionable and flat-out duplicitous dealings in business, with women, etc. I say exasperating because, no matter what, the public doesn't seem to care, seems to applaud his... "audacity."
    If you've followed Trump in the past, you won't find much new here, but it is most certainly thorough and well-researched. Undoubtedly, it will be called Trump-Bashing, and may even spark a law suit by the man, as he's done with so many other stories in the past, but I don't see how that'll stick. Trump and his words on record are used as a source, and the man positively gloats about his dealings.
    I wish Marc Fisher had narrated it as he does an admirable job with the foreword and epilogue. As it is, Campbell Scott, as he is apt to, turns in a rather unenthusiastic performance (I know! I know! Nonfiction is hard to narrate). He does, however, manage Trump's words/quotes well, choosing not to turn the man into a caricature. Most appreciated!
    Truly an extraordinary look at an extraordinary man who knows how to, "give the people what they want." And it's frightening what they want.
    Kinda makes me wanna go take a shower right now...

    57 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Rumford, RI USA
    27/09/16
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    "A very impressive summary of Trump"

    whether you like or hate him and excellent look at the ego that is Trump

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    23/09/16
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    "Quite fair and very well-researched"

    I expected this book to be an unmitigated bashing of Trump. It turned out to be much more fair than expected and was very informative.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Linnie Karnaugh
    New York
    25/08/16
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    "A must-read,"

    Trump Revealed is must reading during this horrendous cycle! Much of Trump's financial, business and legal hassles are examined in. a seemingly straightforward manner. Some of the info has already appeared elsewhere, but a great deal was a real eye-opener to me (and I'm a native Manhattanite).

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/08/16
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    "A swagtastic voyage"
    If you could sum up Trump Revealed in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, insightful, terrifying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm a fan of Anthony Jezelnik


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This one is hard, but the Wrestle-mania parts are good.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Well written. Well researched. Well preformed. Well organized. The book makes you hate Trump as much as you feel him and his personal story and view. Well done. Nice Job.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • RRS
    28/08/16
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    "Rise and Fall of the American Reich"

    Anyone who thinks Trump is just a blue collar American boy needs to read/listen to this book. He is a truly frightening man who panders to the middle class fears. Whatever he says, even if it is false, he refuses to recant but just says it over and over again until he believes it's true and convinces others, by the mere repetition on national news, that it is true.

    America is truly facing a real test as to our values, our ethics and what made this nation great in the first place. We need to all educate ourselves as to who we would elect to lead us. In this day and age and with the information provided to us we will not have, even the historically questioned flimsy excuse of the German people after World War II, to say that we didn't know.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Gretchen SLP
    Sacramento, California
    01/10/16
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    "Trouble With a Capital T"

    I began reading this extraordinarily well-researched book only out of a sense of duty as a citizen and a voter, and literally dreaded listening to it at first, certain it would only increase my already significant election-related anxiety. (For months now, Randy Rainbow's Trump Trouble music video lyrics going through my head at random intervals have been pretty much the only thing lightening my palpable sense of dread as the Election of Doom draws ever closer.) However, after the first hour of this I was HOOKED. This book was the most unexpected page-turner I've ever come across. I got into my car each day eager to hear the next chapter. Its scholarship is impeccable; these interviews go back many decades. The book's subject is no ordinary person, and he's not what we've been assuming. Yes, if you're like me and were already worried about what's happening, this may at times worsen that condition, but remember that in knowledge there is power. If you are FOR Trump, and might be concerned this is some kind of hatchet job, you can rest assured that it's serious journalism. And that Trump himself gave multiple interviews to the authors, essentially collaborating on the project. A must-read before voting. Many thanks to the authors, to Audible for making this available, and to the narrator, who is excellent.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Terry
    EAST BOSTON, MA, US
    24/08/16
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    "Well Done!!!"

    This book is a well organized, we'll researched, and the best written piece if you are interested in the facts about Trump. Well done!

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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