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Commander in Cheat

How Golf Explains Trump
Narrated by: Rick Reilly
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Summary

Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is a fascinating on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes survey of Donald Trump's ethics deficit on and off the golf course. 

Renowned sports writer Rick Reilly transports listeners onto the greens with President Trump, revealing the absurd ways in which he lies about his feats and what they can tell us about the way he leads off the course in the most important job in the world.  

Reilly has been with Trump on the fairways, on the greens and in the rough; he has seen how the President plays - and it's not pretty. Based on his personal experiences and interviews with dozens of golf pros, amateurs, developers, partners, opponents and even caddies who have firsthand involvement with Trump out on the course, Reilly takes a deep and often hilarious look at how Trump shamelessly cheats at golf, lies about it, sues over it, bullies with it and profits from it.  

From Trump's ridiculous claim to have won 18 club championships, to his devious cheating tricks, to his tainted reputation as a golf course tycoon, Commander in Cheat tells you everything you need to know about the man.

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©2019 Rick Reilly (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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An important book, brilliantly narrated.

Narrated by the author. I believe this is Rick Reilly's first narration and he does a great job, bringing out the humour & the irony - but also communicating a barely-controlled rage (rightly so) in the really outrageous, horrifying sections. This is very refreshing, he really speaks from the heart - and his tag-on 'thank you' section at the end is quite moving.
Regarding the story: there are many laugh-out-loud/slap your forehead in disbelief moments in the first half or so. But then it gets progressively darker and more sinister as Trump's golf escapades both as a 'player' and as a businessman leech into real world situations: politics, foreign policy, humanitarian crises, personal relationships, ecology... I wasn't surprised by most of the antics described - I've followed Trump's career as a hardened liar and cheat quite closely - but there were still a few sections where I had steam coming out of my ears.
This book is a great historical document.
Such a shame that the world is stuck with a narcissistic, manipulative, cold-hearted, lying, cheating, self-serving POTUS for the forseeable future. I'm scared, how about you?

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Laugh out loud funny - but scary.

I was a wee bit hesitant about a book about golf, but Trump’s golf shenanigans in Scotland attracted me. The author/narrator is amusing, with a good turn of phrase, and the range of stories told was enlightening.

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You already know

Entertaining read, Trump is and was always a c**t!! The man lives his life through lawsuits & intimidation.

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Fascinating listen

Read by the author this is a great listen, you really hear the passion felt by the Author and some of the facts uncovered are stunning and shocking. It is very thought provoking and many will think about their priorities in life during the book.

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Shockingly worrying truths

The writer has done an amazing job of highlighting something that should never need to be. Genius book.

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Very entertaining

Not in the least interested in golf, but it's the mark of a good writer that Rick Reilly can convey his love of that game, and the world in which it exists, in a highly entertaining and anecddotal style. A bit rambling, but in a way suited to an audio book. A bit one-paced too but he comes to a surprisingly passionate end.
BTW, the translations of Scottish abuse are way off! I suspect he knows what they really mean but has toned it down for the American market! Very funny though.

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Great Book

Compelling read, really enjoyed it and sat through it in just two sittings! The time flew

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terrible

Trump cheats at golf. the end there is not a story here. not enough for a book.

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Revealing but repetitive

This book reveals some interesting aspects of Trump's behaviour but never really explains why individuals and institutions put up with it; especially the US Golf Association

At 7 hours is probably 3 hours too long and the same examples are repeated in different chapters.

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Standing up for golf.

Thanks Rick for putting your head above the parapet and calling out this dreadful human.

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Story about a broke old obese crazy person

This book would be very funny if the stakes wouldn't be so high. We have this insane old narcissistic conman with his finger on the nuclear trigger and a whole part of the establishment pretending not to notice. It really is Berlin 1932 all over again.
Thanks to Rick for giving us yet another heads up...

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