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"One of America's most important journalists" (The Washington Monthly), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and author of the New York Times best seller The Making of Donald Trump, David Cay Johnston examines the Trump administration's policies in its first 100 days, showing how its actions affect our jobs, finances, safety, and much more.
No working journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who first met the 45th president in 1988 and has tracked him ever since. Johnston chronicled much of Trump's conduct in two books: Temples of Chance and the best-selling The Making of Donald Trump. He was also an uncredited source of documents and insight for major campaign reports by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and network television. When Trump announced his campaign in June 2015, Johnston was the first national journalist to write about a potential Trump presidency.
Now Johnston examines the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency, including a close look at what the mainstream press stopped covering years ago: the workings of the federal government agencies and how that touches the lives of all Americans, from our wallets to our health care to our safety. He also provides unique insight about how our lives are affected by many actions that the new administration quietly approves without drawing the attention of the Washington press corps.
Featuring Johnston's renowned skill in bringing government policy to life, this crucial book clearly explains how our daily lives will be affected by the actions of the Trump Administration. This book is essential listening for all Americans.
©2018 David Cay Johnston (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio
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By Elisabeth Carey on 01-24-18

An important look at America under Trump

David Cay Johnston is a working journalist who has covered Donald Trump for decades, and has written two previous books about him. In this book, he looks not at Trump's personal life and all the possible, ah, colorful details, which at this writing are much in the news, but strictly at his actions as President, and his business dealings that explain and illuminate those actions.

This is very much a fact-based book, examining what Trump has actually done, and the practical effects, as well as the direct contrast between Trump's specific and oft-repeated campaign promises to help, for instance, students struggling under student loans or workers who aren't finding jobs because companies have moved those jobs overseas, or to help small businesses, and what his policies really are. Trump has appointed Betsy DeVos to head the Dept. of Education. She has no real education experience, but is deeply involved in for-profit education companies. Under Trump and DeVos, President Obama's progress toward protecting students from predatory loan practices by for-profit schools are being reversed, not improved. This is just one easily summarized example. To fully understand this example and others, Johnston's careful detailing of the actions, their background, and their effects are necessary.

He lays out Trump's many conflicts of interest, and the extent to which Trump's approach to the Presidency is truly different not just from our most respected Presidents, but even from the ones we've considered incompetent or corrupt. We see how tangled, contradictory, and profoundly unhelpful his immigration actions and policies are to the American workers he has promised he will help with those immigration policies are. Again, another example, one better understood with Johnston's detail and context than in a short review.

This is an important book. It is fact-based, not ideology-driven. You will learn by reading or listening to it.

Highly recommended.

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By karen on 01-26-18

REPUBLICANS ARE NOT SERVING THEIR COUNTRY!

Kay spoiled me reading preface. I hope someone can save our country. Karmela Harris please?

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