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Summary

New York Times Best Seller •

With unparalleled reporting, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter chronicles the clash between a president and the officials of his own government who tried to stop him.

“A meticulously reported volume that clearly benefits from the author’s extraordinary access...[a] startling dissection of the Trump presidency.” (The New York Times)

Drawing on secret FBI and White House documents and confidential sources inside federal law enforcement and the West Wing, Donald Trump v. The United States tells the dramatic, high-stakes story of those who felt compelled to confront and try to contain the 45th president of the United States as he shredded norms and sought to expand his power, bringing American democracy to the brink.

Michael S. Schmidt broke many of the major stories of the Trump era, from the news of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account to the report on the memos of former FBI director James Comey’s conversations with Trump that led directly to the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. In Donald Trump v. The United States, Schmidt takes us inside the defining events of a presidency, chronicling the clash between an increasingly emboldened president and the officials of his own government who found themselves trying to thwart the president they had once pledged to serve. Through their eyes and ears, we observe an epic struggle to stop a rogue agent in our nation’s highest office. A vital work of journalism, Donald Trump v. The United States is a riveting contemporary history and a lasting account of just how fragile and vulnerable American democracy really is.

©2020 Michael Schmidt (P)2020 Random House Audio

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“[Michael S.] Schmidt chronicles how the professionals around the president tried to bring order to the White House and to keep Trump within the bounds of the law.... A powerful accounting of ... lawlessness and chaos.” (The Washington Post)

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Recommended

I've followed this administration closely over the last (almost) four years. Therefore much of the content of this book was already familiar to me, but Schmidt does a great job of focussing on some of the most significant events and characters of this presidency so far and weaving a coherent narrative from the chaos.

If you have been following the reporting over the last four years then having further insight into some of the behind the scenes decisions made by the Times is truly fascinating, plus there are a few explosive but previously unreported stories included here.

The book illustrates over and over again the realisation of just how unfit for office Trump is by some of his closest allies.

It is well written, pithy and serves as a useful reminder ahead of the upcoming election season. Recommended.

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Excellent research brought to life but narration was tough going

Dense with detail and informative.
A fine body of work and the author well deserves our admiration.

Performance was not so great for me. I found the narration too fast and monotonous. I struggled to stay focused on the content.

It is a long audio book but I could’ve done with one of the many excellent audible voices to
narrate.

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wake up America and GB

Great book, very informative and very concerning. A must read for those who care about the world and the future for your children and their children. Wake up America and GB, at least be aware of what is happening and where it leads. If the future looks good under these circumstances, laid out in this book, then it is already too late. If you are worried about where we are and what the future holds under current circumstances then it's time to vote for a better outcome.

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interesting perspective

Narrator's accent a little jarring.
interesting perspective on the Trump administration best read alongside other angles on Trump.

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Why ruin a good story by....

... getting an untrained person to read the text?
It's hard work, reading aloud. And if you aren't trained, it's too much to ask. The author tries hard, but.

Multiple glottal stops in one word, misplaced emphasis in almost every sentence. It's really distracting.
But the story is well written, interesting narrative arc. I did get used to it after a couple of hours. But I would pay more for a well trained reader to read the excellent text.

Why is it so common to suppose that reading aloud is easy? It really isn't. I love the sound of the American voice. That makes it all the harder to listen to a story mangled to death.

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Well laid out

The book gave a great insight into what was in the news outlets regarding all the investigations.

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Sorry got bored..narrator voice not great 😪

cant return it dont know why I'm so sorry but I could not stick narrators voice sorry

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  • megan
  • 03-09-20

OMG THE NARRATOR

I haven’t finished this book, and although I want to, I don’t know if I will because I DO NOT like the way he reads this book. I have nothing bad to say about the content of the book, but OMG I wish somebody else had narrated.

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  • Dr D
  • 01-09-20

Insightful read

This offers us the public a small peak inside the truth of our democracy which is being eroded and hidden from us.

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  • In the Mountains
  • 03-09-20

Should have hired a narrator.

This is probably an awesome book. I’m going to have to buy the print version, though. The author’s narration is simultaneously overly-emphatic and monotone, which is exhausting to listen to. I couldn’t even make it through the first chapter and I doubt I retained any of it due to aural fatigue.

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  • Robert
  • 06-09-20

Clarification

In this book Michael Schmidt was able to fill in the blanks of the story of President Trump’s time in the White House. It is without question the finest first draft of history in recent times and I believe an example of the journalistic integrity of the reporters at the New York Times.

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  • Charlie Austen
  • 03-09-20

Interesting Times

A first draft of history as written by the winners. Because truth and justice always win in our country, Mr. Barr.

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  • Dianne
  • 06-09-20

Excellent Book!!!

I listened to this book while sewing masks for hey connector. I learned things I never knew and it changed my view on so many people and what actually happened behind the stories. Knowledge is Power and this book is POWERFUL.

Dianne

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  • jody Sheridan
  • 05-09-20

This is a "must read" for every American,

Every American needs to read this book before they cast their ballot this year. Michael Schultz's investigation is exhausting and his narrative is remarkable. The narration is skillful and passionate, he needs to narrate another. The ending was the hardest part to digest.

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  • Frankss
  • 04-09-20

Amazing

So much information that I didn’t know, as a political junkie this is a must have for a behind the scenes look at how stories develop.

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  • L. Maranto
  • 07-09-20

Every American should read this.

Every American should read this before the 2020 presidential election. Most of this has been revealed elsewhere, except for the fact that Trump’s ties to the Russian government have not been investigated at all. Yet, it is presented in a well organized, chronological fashion that has not been done, to my knowledge.

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  • S. Leppard
  • 04-09-20

Nothing we didn’t already know

While the book lines up the more events in order it doesn’t touch on the current events. There’s nothing about Nunes clandestine visit to the White House. And nothing about 45’s fomenting division throughout the USA. I was disappointed that the book didn’t cover events beyond Barr wanting to release Stone.

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