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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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absofeckinlutely super read.

If you really want to know what kind of a lying, cheating, swindling, fraudulent, no-good son of a bum is now the president of the USA then you must read this book.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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  • S. Yates
  • 09-03-18

Shines a light into a very dark history

This is a book more people should have read before November 8, 2016. Johnston is an investigative journalist who has been covering, among other things, Trump since the 1980s. In this brief but powerful book, he highlights the most relevant aspects of Trump's personality, tendencies, and dealings as they might apply to his tenure as president. Published months before the election, it should have served as a warning to the type of man (in personal interactions and in business) that was on the cusp of the presidency. In the decades Johnston has reported on Trump, some character traits are consistent--willingness to ally with questionable or outright criminal elements, narcissistic boasting, a pathological need for loyalty at any cost, a love of revenge, volatile emotions, a loose and sometimes absent relationship with the truth, deception about his education and wealth, crooked business and tax dealings, and unsettling views on women. In short, perfidy appears to overwhelm most parts of Trumps life, past and present. Would reading this book have changed people's minds? Maybe not; most of the revelations here are not new, they just have more heft because of their concentration and documentation. My only quarrel with the book is at times it was repetitive and some of the chapter structures were hard to follow. But Johnston has the punchy and straight forward style that the best journalists employ to keep the reader interested without muddying his points. And his subject, while distasteful, is never boring.

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  • Erica Osborne
  • 26-06-17

Eye opener

It told everything I knew to be true of Trump and then some. What a dispicable human being. And, he's our president. Sad!! I never thought this country could sink so low.

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  • Wanda Smith
  • 01-10-20

Anti-American Propaganda

this is no more than hate based writing meant to increase fear and discontent in the American people.

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  • Arthur
  • 14-08-16

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.

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  • Deborah
  • 13-05-17

FANTASTIC AND FULL OF FACTS

Timely message. I would have thought it was written a month ago. SUPERB!! Well written and very factual. This author did his homework. It's as if he lived with Donald for years because he knows him so well. much of what he stated about Donald still holds true til today.

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  • SCWebster
  • 08-12-16

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:)

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  • Isaac Sherman
  • 16-08-16

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.

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  • AdHoc
  • 06-02-18

Everybody needs to read this book

Read this book read this book read this book read this book read this book please. It's good.

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  • Just_me
  • 20-04-17

oh my what have we done?

Too scary for me to describe, I think we made another big mestake? God help us

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  • shari stephens
  • 03-10-20

Narrator...

I can’t finish listening....his voice is just too creepy for me. I’ll try later

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