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The Enemy of the People

A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America
Narrated by: Jim Acosta
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
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From CNN’s veteran Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, an explosive, first-hand account of the dangers he faces reporting on the current White House while fighting on the front lines in President Trump’s war on truth.

In Mr. Trump’s campaign against what he calls “Fake News”, CNN Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, is public enemy number one. From the moment Mr. Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, he has attacked the media, calling journalists “the enemy of the people”.

Acosta presents a damning examination of bureaucratic dysfunction, deception, and the unprecedented threat the rhetoric Mr. Trump is directing has on our democracy. When the leader of the free world incites hate and violence, Acosta doesn’t back down, and he urges his fellow citizens to do the same.

At Mr. Trump’s most hated network, CNN, Acosta offers a never-before-reported account of what it’s like to be the President’s most hated correspondent. Acosta goes head-to-head with the White House, even after Trump supporters have threatened his life with words as well as physical violence.

From the hazy denials and accusations meant to discredit the Mueller investigation, to the president’s scurrilous tweets, Jim Acosta is in the eye of the storm while reporting live to millions of people across the world. After spending hundreds of hours with the revolving door of White House personnel, Acosta paints portraits of the personalities of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and more. Acosta is tenacious and unyielding in his public battle to preserve the First Amendment and #RealNews. 

©2019 Jim Acosta (P)2019 HarperAudio

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An eyewitness account of Trump’s campaigns

The narrator speaks very quickly, presumably because as a TV journalist he has to get his story to fit into a limited time, so I had to listen at 75% speed, but admittedly I’m not tuned into USA voices or media. It’s not a sinecure, being a political journalist in the USA at present! I assume everyone except Trump’s fanatical followers knows that 45 is amoral, untruthful, unreliable, grandiose, semi-literate and a bully - just to mention his least repulsive characteristics! - but, nevertheless, it’s reassuring to know that not all USA citizens fall for his patter, and that a few courageous souls will not be intimidated. From outside USA, it looks like there are weaknesses in their constitution, which have allowed an unscrupulous amateur president to grab more power than a democracy should allow.

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Amazing Historical Document

I don’t think the American public know half of how the press is treated, and they chose to disbelieve what they do read.

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This book is a must!

Excellent description and analysis of the current threat to the freedom of the press, free speech and the truth! Jim Acosta, despite attempts as discrediting him, remains a highly respected and effective journalist. His courage, bravery, ethics and moral purpose shine through this book. Thank you for writing such a poignant message for our times.

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A BETTER WRITER THAN NARRATOR

Acosta's experience of being a White House correspondent in the Trump era not only makes for some eye-opening stories, but provides insights into the important issue of the place of a free press in a democracy. As a writer, Acosta is very skilled at tying narrative to explanation to argument, so that the listener has the scene set for him/her, the background or 'hovering' issues painted in, and the pros & cons, risks and benefits set out. Context is provided, both historical and political, and there is just enough personal detail to anchor the author in his environment and role. But while Acosta may be excellent at giving a pithy oral summary as part of a live or pre-recorded broadcast, when narrating at length he is far less good. His voice is limited in range and tone - he has only about five 'notes', and rarely raises or lowers appropriately. He places emphasis on the wrong words, which in some cases alters the impact and import of what he's saying. He reads clearly enough, but everything is at the same pace, which at some moments is too brisk and 'efficient' for what is being described. It's as if he were reading to a schedule. The overall effect is to drain the narrative, making it lifeless and wearying to listen to. Yes, I'm glad I heard the book's story, but because of Acosta's narration I could not face listening to it again.

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Brilliant . A warning to us all

In this era of fake news., Jim Acosta reminds us that speaking truth to power may no longer be possible if those in power are not listening. This book is a chilling account of the dangers and dilemmas that journalists face when doing their job. It is also a warning to us all to seek out the truth, and call out those who try to distort it for their own ends.

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Inaudible..

Narrator talking so fast it’s incomprehensible in many sections.. a great pity as I expected a great story..

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Excellent.

Very insightful, the lengths that this administration will go to, to disguise and manipulate the truth is incredible. Jim Acosta being in the thick of it, has a first hand account of the mess that The Whitehouse was in from the first day, gives a brilliant look behind the veil of lies and 'alternative facts' ....... unmissable.

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Excellent

Detailed and impressive retelling of the last 3 years of Trumps Presidency. An easy listen but one that captures the challenges of speaking the truth to a President who isn’t bound to that truth.

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Trumps lies and false statements

What a good listen. Frightening that the freedom of the press is under pressure and we need to ensure it keeps free in the U.K.

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Disappointing

I expected analysis and insight on Trump administration - this book really only delivered the headlines, already well documented. The book seemed to be more about Jim Acosta than anything else - he was centre stage In every story. Largely an ego trip. Narration was bombastic and grating. I’ve listened to about half and cannot listen to any more - am returning.

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  • 16-10-19

Excellent !

Great narrative of the truth and of what reporters experience especially now with this corrupt and ignorant president and his minions. Jim Acosta is a true patriot.

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  • 19-09-19

Trump"s discrediting the medi.

A very accurate review of the President's attempt to discredit the mainstream median at any time it does not promote him.

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  • Mike
  • 09-07-19

I can't believe it's only been two years!

With the pace of today's modern news-cycle it's easy to forget all of the insanity that we have had to endure in just the first two years of this so-called presidency. I loved/hated being reminded that THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT NORMAL!

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  • Stuart
  • 11-07-19

Standing up to a bully!

This is a great read. I cannot imagine having a job where you ask questions every day and be at the recieving end of personal insults, threats to your life and lots of lies. Thank you Jim for writing a great book about reporting in the age of trump and what as a society need to do about it. I look forward to the sequel.

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  • janice a. mealra
  • 23-10-19

Entertaining!

Great narration! Not fake news but as I saw it as well! Good job Jim.

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  • George Betancur
  • 24-09-19

Great info

Such important information we all need to be aware OF.... it was a great read I highly recommend it

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  • Nancy greene
  • 21-09-19

Fantastic Book

This is a must read . Mr. Acosta shows the reality of the Trump White House and the danger to our free press.

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  • Mary Gallagher
  • 15-09-19

Frightful duty in the press corps

Great book that gives reporter's insight and experience into what is one of the most awful presidencies in our history. Appreciate Mr. Acosta's service and courage. His narration is a little too fast, but overall great book.

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  • Sylvia Sabori
  • 14-09-19

great reporting

loved it. very good reporter Jim Acosta keep going truth to power. never stop Jim

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  • Linda Copeland
  • 20-06-19

What it's like to be a reporter in the Trump era

If you wonder what it's like to be a journalist in the Trump mediasphere, listen to this book. Jim's storytelling flows nicely, and the book is full of anecdotes, many you will recognize from having seen them play out on TV. (Many times I felt myself saying, "oh yeah, I remember that" and then hearing the answers to things that were puzzling at the time.) Major takeaway: the White House press corps are under immense pressure during this administration. Trump himself has a push-pull relationship with mainstream media, because although he says he hates them, he can't live without seeing his name out there. His press staff end up being enforcers. Then, during his rallies, Trump invites violence against the media. These are scary times to be a journalist. Jim has a nice voice, but I felt the narration was rushed. This was not unexpected, since he's used to saying as much as possible in a short time on TV. That was my only complaint about the book, but slowing the speed to .85 in Audible made it much easier to follow. (Great feature, Audible!)

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