The Making of Donald Trump

  • by David Cay Johnston
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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A horrifying must read for every voter

Please buy this book…it’s important that you hear this. To say that I’m not a fan of Donald Trump is an understatement …but never in my wildest dreams (or nightmares) did I fully understand the ruthless, soulless, greedy ignorance which is Donald Trump. This book is superbly researched and immaculately sourced with first hand interviews with people who have come to know Mr. Trump the best. The things he has done are breathtakingly sleazy and frankly disgusting. He clearly has neither a moral compass nor any sense of common decency. Given the extraordinarily cavalier relationship he has with the rules of our society and the law of the land this book lays out it’s amazing his orange hair doesn’t match his orange jumpsuit. The book takes on his rather sad childhood, his business history and political ambitions with clear eyed, well written, entertaining and through detail. It’s very well written and very well read but it’s a tough read. It made my flesh run pretty much every chapter. This this charlatan is only behind by 5-10 points in the general election is testament to how divided we are as a nation. If you are interested in this election (and you should be) please spend the credit and get this book and maybe send a copy to a friend. I’m sure the hard core fans of Mr. Trump will neither read this book nor care about what it so clearly reveals (if they read). But the rest of us should know what we are getting into with this loathsome narcissist. Another good read I have in my Audible Library is “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout. Anyone listening to that book and this excellent book on The Donald will quite readily draw some very worrying conclusions. What we really don’t need is an update to the Stout book called “The Sociopath in The White House.”
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- Tim

Just the job

I've read a lot about Trump in the past year and this is an excellent compendium of every dodgy, cynical greedy and illegal thing Trump has done. Trump is an even bigger liar and conman than I thought, the facts are all well documented by the author who has been following Trump closely for over 30 years. I heartily recommend this book.

I'm surprised not more prominent business people are coming out to denounce Trump. I'm sure if election gets closer many people will see it as this duty to attack this appalling man.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio