The Making of Donald Trump

The Making of Donald Trump

by David Cay Johnston

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER that first revealed the Russia connection

The culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, this in-depth report by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul's rise to prominence --- and, now, ultimate power

Covering the long arc of Trump’s career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY 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 fortune, to his own too-big-to-fail business empire; from his education and early career, to his whirlwind and ultimately successful 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 longer and more closely than any other journalist working today, gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who has shocked the world.

”Provides useful, vigorously reported overviews of Mr. Trump’s life and career ... Mr. Johnston, who has followed the real estate impresario for nearly three decades, offers a searing indictment of his business practices and creative accounting.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

”David Cay Johnston has given us this year’s must-read Trump book.Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s The Last Word

”Johnston devastatingly covers ground he broke open as a reporter on the Trump beat in Philadelphia and at The New York Times...The best of investigative reporting is brought to bear on a man who could potentially lead the free world.”—USA Today

”Carefully fleshes out the details of Trump's known biography...with solid documentation.Tampa Bay Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612196336
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 100,685
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON is an investigative journalist and winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for journalism. A long-time reporter for the New York Times and the former president of the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), he is also the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch. He has won the IRE Medal and a George Polk Award for his investigative reporting, and is a columnist for The Daily Beast, National Memo and USA TODAY. Johnston teaches at Syracuse University College of Law and lives in Rochester, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Family History 3

2 Family Values 9

3 Personal Values 21

4 A Sickly Child 27

5 Making Friends 33

6 Trump's Most Important Deals 41

7 "A Great Lawsuit" 51

8 Showing Mercy 59

9 Polish Brigade 69

10 Feelings and Net Worth 77

11 Government Rescues Trump 85

12 Golf and Taxes 95

13 Income Taxes 103

14 Empty Boxes 111

15 "Better Than Harvard" 117

16 Trump Charities 129

17 Imaginary Friends 135

18 Imaginary Lovers 139

19 Myth Maintenance 147

20 Collecting Honors 155

21 Who's That? 161

22 Down Mexico Way 167

23 Trump Beaches a Whale 177

24 Biggest Loser 193

Epilogue 205

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 223

Index 259

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The Making of Donald Trump 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good, however I was not surprised to read all the shananagins he has been involved in. Trump is all about himself. This election is no different. He wants to win for the sake of winning not for " making America great again." How can someone who wants to be President of the United States speak so negatively about races of people who make up such a large percent of the american population? I am a white woman and I find him very offensive. The America he wants to go back to will never exist again. How can it? Too much has changed. Our ideologies on everything has changed too. His supporters say he represents change. He CAN'T change all he wants. This is a democracy NOT a dictatorship. He speaks on very complex issues/problems almost child-like. I recommend reading this book, I don't think it will change people's opinion of him. If you can't stand him, you will not be surprised. If you like him you will probably excuse all he has done or just not believe it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent well documented book with evidence taken from the concurrent time of the events.
1MacNab More than 1 year ago
An important contribution to understanding the Republican Presidential candidate. With all the conflicting information out there, I found this book indispensable. Very clear and easy to read. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent account of crooked President Donald J. Trump prior to his election. Unfortunately, the United States is being laughed at, criticized, questioned and mocked by the rest of the world because Trump is not qualified for the office. Before you vote again for any politician, read this book; remember that our country now has to fight to protect all the rights we won years ago. Trump must be removed from office.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hell of a book. If you've followed the news with even a passing interest, this is the book for you—because it's just the facts. Johnston relates the shocking truth of Trump's rise to prominence with the sober and well-tuned approach of a seasoned journalist. Required reading for any politically engaged reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's an eye opener well worth reading
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after seeing the author do an interview on R Maddow show, thinking this book would prove exceptionally informative on Donald Trump's criminal history. The book provides some insight into criminal associations, but exposes very little new information. Overall I was disappointed with the information exposed... again, very little factual information that is not currently available. The author has a similar self image to the character traits he criticizes in Trump. The casino information was more ..detailed than what I had previously known, but I was expecting a much more complete analysis of past and current financial criminality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I read it sooner. Very informative and the writing explains a great deal about our President.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with u i hate donald trump he is stupid and kind of dumb
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calm down everyone. Just calm down. Its just politics, no need to get worked up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trump's kind of our president now so maybe you guy's could you know... give him a chance? Is it that hard?