• The Making of Donald Trump

  • By: David Cay Johnston
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-05-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (683 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By garbage_hater on 12-08-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Isaac Sherman on 08-16-16

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Lance Johnson on 11-27-16

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.

Any additional comments?

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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5 out of 5 stars
By S Wood on 09-01-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Andree on 06-21-17

To be read and read between the lines

Would you listen to The Making of Donald Trump again? Why?

There are many number descriptions which can be confusing. So a second listening might make the most of them all. Trump's affiliations with the underworld is more extensive than previously thought; no wonder that he now has affiliation with Russia's banks. This angle was not well covered in this investigation, and we need to know more. Follow the money.

Any additional comments?

Trump is not the man who can take the USA to a better place because he doesn't understand politics. He is in real estate with little knowledge of history. This book does reveal a lot about that man's character, but it is just a beginning. More could have been said and this is why I gave a 4 not a 5 on the story. Worth it in any case.

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