The presidency of Donald Trump marks a profound change in the trajectory of American government, politics, and culture. Like his administration, the movement that put him in office represents a phenomenon that is worth studying.
Donald Trump is unlike any president we've ever had. He is the only person ever elected to be commander in chief who has not first held public office or served as a general in the military. His principles grow out of five decades of business and celebrity success - not politics - so he behaves differently from traditional politicians.
In Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich shares what he learned from more than two years helping Trump and his team throughout the campaign, the election, and during the first months of the presidency. Mr. Gingrich provides unique insight into how the new president's past experiences have shaped his life and style of governing. This book also includes Mr. Gingrich's thorough analysis of how President Trump thinks and makes decisions as well as the president's philosophy, doctrine, and political agenda going forward.
The audiobook edition features the following recordings of live speeches:
Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 2017
Joint Address to Congress, Feb. 28, 2017
The New Deal for Black Americans, Charlotte, Oct. 26, 2016
The Contract with the American Voter, Gettysburg, Oct. 22, 2016
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Newt's Brilliant But It's Not The Title
Newt is brilliant and probably understands the world better than most anyone on the planet. However, the book would be better served to be called "Understanding What Trump Needs to Do."
I bought the book as I wanted to gain insight to what makes the man tick. Only about 30% of the book deals with this. The rest of the book talks about what is going on in the world, what Obama did wrong, what the Dems have done worng and how Trump should handle it. In fact, many times I would think that Newt wrote this hoping President Trump would read it so he would understand how to handle the world. Just my take. I'm not saying it's a bad book (I actually supported Newt while he was running). I love the way he thinks. I just think the title is misleading.
- Brenda Hughes