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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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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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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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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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By Mr M. Turner on 02-06-17

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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By Andree Pursey 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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