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A riveting, meticulously researched, and provocative biography of Donald J. Trump from the author of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary. Born into a family of privilege and wealth, he was sent to military school at the age of 13. After an unremarkable academic career, he joined the family business in real estate and built his fortune. His personal brand: sex, money and power A riveting, meticulously researched, and provocative biography of Donald J. Trump from the author of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary. Born into a family of privilege and wealth, he was sent to military school at the age of 13. After an unremarkable academic career, he joined the family business in real estate and built his fortune. His personal brand: sex, money and power. From no-holds-barred reality TV star to unlikely candidate, Donald J. Trump rose to the highest political office: President of the United States of America. Learn fascinating details about his personal history, including: -Why Trump's grandfather left Germany and immigrated to America -Why Woodie Guthrie wrote a song criticizing Trump's father -How Trump's romance with Ivana began--and ended -When Trump first declared his interest in running for President Discover the incredible true story of America's 45th President: his questionable political and personal conduct, and his unprecedented rise to power. Richly informed by original research and illustrated throughout with photographs and documents, Unpresidented is a gripping and important read.


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A riveting, meticulously researched, and provocative biography of Donald J. Trump from the author of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary. Born into a family of privilege and wealth, he was sent to military school at the age of 13. After an unremarkable academic career, he joined the family business in real estate and built his fortune. His personal brand: sex, money and power A riveting, meticulously researched, and provocative biography of Donald J. Trump from the author of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary. Born into a family of privilege and wealth, he was sent to military school at the age of 13. After an unremarkable academic career, he joined the family business in real estate and built his fortune. His personal brand: sex, money and power. From no-holds-barred reality TV star to unlikely candidate, Donald J. Trump rose to the highest political office: President of the United States of America. Learn fascinating details about his personal history, including: -Why Trump's grandfather left Germany and immigrated to America -Why Woodie Guthrie wrote a song criticizing Trump's father -How Trump's romance with Ivana began--and ended -When Trump first declared his interest in running for President Discover the incredible true story of America's 45th President: his questionable political and personal conduct, and his unprecedented rise to power. Richly informed by original research and illustrated throughout with photographs and documents, Unpresidented is a gripping and important read.

30 review for Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Anderson

    Great book for middle and high school students interested in the background and early presidency of Donald Trump. The writing is clear and precise and narrative woven perfectly. But the best part? THE SOURCE CITATIONS! Holy Research, Batman! Martha Brockenbrough did an EPIC job citing the sources of all of her facts. If you care about research, the Endnotes will make you weep with joy. Not only do they raise the book to the highest level of quality, they provide in excellent example of how to tel Great book for middle and high school students interested in the background and early presidency of Donald Trump. The writing is clear and precise and narrative woven perfectly. But the best part? THE SOURCE CITATIONS! Holy Research, Batman! Martha Brockenbrough did an EPIC job citing the sources of all of her facts. If you care about research, the Endnotes will make you weep with joy. Not only do they raise the book to the highest level of quality, they provide in excellent example of how to tell facts from propaganda. My only sadness about the book is that the endnotes are not indicated in-text with superscript numbers. I'm sure this was an editorial decision and it's one I disagree with. But other than that, this should be the standard biography of President Trump for schools and libraries.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Anybody who has followed the news about the current president of the US knows that he's said a great many racist and sexist things. Brockenbrough doesn't shy away from any of that. I'm glad it is all here, documented, for young adults (the book is marketed for kids from age 12-17). I'm also glad that she's included information about Native people. On page 98 she provides an account of trump's (I do not use a capital letter for his name) 1993 testimony at a hearing in Congress, at the House Natura Anybody who has followed the news about the current president of the US knows that he's said a great many racist and sexist things. Brockenbrough doesn't shy away from any of that. I'm glad it is all here, documented, for young adults (the book is marketed for kids from age 12-17). I'm also glad that she's included information about Native people. On page 98 she provides an account of trump's (I do not use a capital letter for his name) 1993 testimony at a hearing in Congress, at the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. She quotes him saying that "they don't look like Indians to me..." He was talking about Native people of tribal nations in Connecticut who had casinos that hurt "little guys" like him. At the time, trump was trying to make a deal with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. A few pages later, Brockenbrough provides readers with the name of another tribal nation. In 2004, the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians ended their contract with trump's hotel and casino company, because his company was in financial trouble. It is terrific to see Brockenbrough being tribally specific. By naming these nations, she is pushing back on a widespread ignorance in the US. Too many people use the word "Indians." And it often leads people to think of Native peoples in stereotypical ways. Another good point of Unpresidented is information on page 100, about tribal membership. Succinctly, Brockenbrough writes that tribal nations make determinations about their citizens. What they look like doesn't matter. Oh! Another thing to note is the part about arrowheads! It tells us a lot about the trump family and its values. I recommend Unpresidented and welcome your comments if you read it. And--kudos to Brockenbrough for writing this book! Reading the news every day is tough on my psyche. Spending the time necessary to write this very comprehensive and in-depth book must have taken a toll on her.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Should be required reading not matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on. Brockenbrough lays out, neatly and concisely, Trump's story from his grandparents down to the late summer of 2018, when it had to stop so the book could be printed. Copious endnotes and bibliography show how meticulous her research is, rumor and speculation (on the part of others, never her) are clearly labeled, and it is full of direct quotes and even scans of important documents. Much of his life I knew, th Should be required reading not matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on. Brockenbrough lays out, neatly and concisely, Trump's story from his grandparents down to the late summer of 2018, when it had to stop so the book could be printed. Copious endnotes and bibliography show how meticulous her research is, rumor and speculation (on the part of others, never her) are clearly labeled, and it is full of direct quotes and even scans of important documents. Much of his life I knew, though I did not know that he was such a "little shit" (as one teacher described him) that he was essentially kicked out of school before he was even a teen because of his bad behavior. What was really fascinating was to have the whole Russia issue laid out so clearly, in addition to having it all detailed in the text there are a couple of timelines and quick bios about the key players at the end of the book. This could very well become THE bio of That Man.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    An outstanding, thoroughly researched look at 45 and the legacy he built before and during his time as president. I had known little of his history prior to the election -- I watched an episode of a docu-series on Netflix that really dug into that after -- but this book added so much more depth and understanding. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 50+ pages of references here, too, as Brockenbrough did her work. Seeing this only covers through July 2018, I'm hoping there will be a follow An outstanding, thoroughly researched look at 45 and the legacy he built before and during his time as president. I had known little of his history prior to the election -- I watched an episode of a docu-series on Netflix that really dug into that after -- but this book added so much more depth and understanding. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 50+ pages of references here, too, as Brockenbrough did her work. Seeing this only covers through July 2018, I'm hoping there will be a followup at the end of 45's term. My only little critique is from a design perspective. This is a really good looking book, but the pull quotes made little sense in how they were peppered throughout. They were overused and I knew pretty quickly they were pulled either from the line immediately above or below where they were laid out, which was distracting. It doesn't take away anything from the book itself, but it made me question the design choice since it felt unnecessary.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christina Soontornvat

    The first thing I did when I opened this book is flip to the back. I was interested to see what kind of research the author did. I found 52 pages contains over a thousand endnote sources plus a full and lengthy biography. Wow - now that is a thoroughly and carefully researched book. This is a full and complete biography of the sitting President that uses facts, and his own words and actions to paint a portrait of his character. A teen reader could follow this compelling biography with ease, but The first thing I did when I opened this book is flip to the back. I was interested to see what kind of research the author did. I found 52 pages contains over a thousand endnote sources plus a full and lengthy biography. Wow - now that is a thoroughly and carefully researched book. This is a full and complete biography of the sitting President that uses facts, and his own words and actions to paint a portrait of his character. A teen reader could follow this compelling biography with ease, but I would also highly recommend this for adults.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Yesterday, I finished a thriller than featured a serial killer, gruesome details about torture and murder...and yet this factual recount of Tr*mp’s use of racism, sexism, and classism to come to power made me more sick. Martha has done a beautiful thing with this book and I hope every young adult library stocks it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Moore

    This biography of Donald Trump is as captivating as it is disturbing, and not surprisingly because sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Many readers picking up this book will already have heard or read the countless stories and news items about the current President, but to see Trump’s story on paper, told in linear form, and with 54 pages of references and endnotes, it’s hard to deny just how bizarre and mind-boggling it all is. From the Trump family’s beginnings in America, all the This biography of Donald Trump is as captivating as it is disturbing, and not surprisingly because sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Many readers picking up this book will already have heard or read the countless stories and news items about the current President, but to see Trump’s story on paper, told in linear form, and with 54 pages of references and endnotes, it’s hard to deny just how bizarre and mind-boggling it all is. From the Trump family’s beginnings in America, all the way up to the middle of 2018, Martha Brockenbrough has painstakingly pieced together a biography that is hard to put down. Written with a young adult audience in mind, the tone and language is one that is pragmatic and clear for any reader, with care taken to keep out any opinion on the matters at hand (which I expect was difficult). The more recent events following Trump’s inauguration are pretty familiar to me, but I found the section dealing with his numerous bankruptcies and his past financial deals to be most fascinating (and pretty horrifying). The summary of all the ‘players’ in Trump’s life and administration with Russian connections is nicely laid out, as well as a complete family tree, and bold-typed quotes and tweets to capture your attention (like everything he does). It’s easy to forget how very many shocking things Trump has said and done in the last few years of him constantly in the spotlight, but when they are right there on the page, the moments of frightful truth come flooding back. The public has been bombarded with all of this for so long now that it’s hard to keep track of it all, but Brockenbrough has done brilliantly in her documentation and presentation. I can’t help but wish more people had read such research before they voted, because surely (aside from his frighteningly loyal fan base) his ‘huge’ win in 2016 wouldn’t have been as likely. I desperately hope author Martha Brockenbrough continues this saga in a second book, because the next piece involving the Mueller investigation looks like it’s about to get very interesting. A must for any school or home library that needs a concise (and compulsive) read about Donald Trump and his journey to the White House, spray tan and all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Brockenbrough presents a very detailed look at the patterns that have emerged in DJT's life: mainly that he has a history of lying (about almost anything) and self-aggrandizement. The intended audience is teens, but this has great crossover appeal for adults as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    It is impossible for me to write a cohesive review on this book. My thoughts are all over the place. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. -Maya Angelou Trump has been showing his true colors since he was a child. Why did no one stop him? Why did no one call him out? Because he is a wealthy, white, heterosexual male. This YA book lays out the facts (as dismaying as they are) in a clear, concise manner. There is a timeline in the back of the book as well as a glossary if It is impossible for me to write a cohesive review on this book. My thoughts are all over the place. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. -Maya Angelou Trump has been showing his true colors since he was a child. Why did no one stop him? Why did no one call him out? Because he is a wealthy, white, heterosexual male. This YA book lays out the facts (as dismaying as they are) in a clear, concise manner. There is a timeline in the back of the book as well as a glossary if people involved with the disaster that is Trump. So informative! There are 347 pages of endnotes! Amazing research occurred in the writing of this book. Bottom line, Trump is a liar, delusional, and disgusting. Please vote blue in November. I am begging you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    Biography of Trump, covering from his earliest years through the second year of his presidency. Intended for young readers, this book is incredibly well researched, with great endnotes and a couple of timelines. Casual Trump voters should be required to read this cover to cover with their eyes pinned open like Clockwork Orange.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Sabatini

    This book is meticulously researched and documented. And it does an incredible job of showing patterns of behavior that span a lifetime. I've read several books examining our current president, but so far, this one has the most comprehensive look at his origin story. Seeing the long game doesn't make it more palatable, but it's definitely easier to understand how we arrived here. I love that Brockenbrough knows young adults are more than capable of thinking critically when provided with FACTS a This book is meticulously researched and documented. And it does an incredible job of showing patterns of behavior that span a lifetime. I've read several books examining our current president, but so far, this one has the most comprehensive look at his origin story. Seeing the long game doesn't make it more palatable, but it's definitely easier to understand how we arrived here. I love that Brockenbrough knows young adults are more than capable of thinking critically when provided with FACTS and she gives them. But having said that, this book is for any young adult OR adult reader. No matter who you are, you'll be blown away by how detail meets readability. It's everything you want in a biography and unfortunately, hardly anything you'd ever want in a President.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Martha Brockenbrough's Unpresidented tells the story of Donald Trump, from his family's journey to the United States, all the way to his first two years as president. It's written for young people, and I found it to be both compelling and accessible. Brockenbrough's foreword sets a fantastic tone for the entire book by highlighting how journalism and the truth play an important role in our democracy. Her book successfully utilizes 347 endnotes from video interviews, audio recordings, articles, p Martha Brockenbrough's Unpresidented tells the story of Donald Trump, from his family's journey to the United States, all the way to his first two years as president. It's written for young people, and I found it to be both compelling and accessible. Brockenbrough's foreword sets a fantastic tone for the entire book by highlighting how journalism and the truth play an important role in our democracy. Her book successfully utilizes 347 endnotes from video interviews, audio recordings, articles, public records, and books to synthesize a compelling narrative about this time in our history and Donald Trump as a child, business person, reality television personality, and President of The United States of America. Learning more about Donald Trump's childhood and business endeavors were the most informative aspects of the book for me personally, but I feel this book also serves as an important document for future young people interested in learning more about this time in our history, years from now. Although many of the design features inform and help readers visualize this massive story, including a family tree, primary sources as images within the text, timelines, and list of characters in the back of the book, there were also blue boxes that repeat what was written just prior or right after the box itself. After the first few blue boxes, I simply skipped them. Unpresidented is a book I would definitely recommend for teens through adults.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donald Trump (Parody)

    My life aint 400 pages long, you fucks. You need a massive book to cover all the things I've done, and you shouldn't even write it yet because I got a whole lotta fun stuff planned, just you wait. I didn't even need to finish the damn thing to know its a hatchet job, and all you fucks giving it five stars can sit on my face! Christ, there ain't no loyalty even amongst fellow readers. I thought when I signed up on this worthless site (which claims I'm a fake! LIES!) that I was gonna get some seri My life aint 400 pages long, you fucks. You need a massive book to cover all the things I've done, and you shouldn't even write it yet because I got a whole lotta fun stuff planned, just you wait. I didn't even need to finish the damn thing to know its a hatchet job, and all you fucks giving it five stars can sit on my face! Christ, there ain't no loyalty even amongst fellow readers. I thought when I signed up on this worthless site (which claims I'm a fake! LIES!) that I was gonna get some serious lovin from folks who appreciate a good book now and then, but instead I get mocked and have to look at a stinking scandal catalog every time i type my name in! Why cant a tasty, young piece who looks like Bikini Ifrit write a goddamn book about me? Why does it always have to be these librarian looking cranks? Really bumming me out, folks. PASS!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I feel like I just ate too much fast food. I cannot imagine this was a labor of love. More like a labor of meticulous, cold determination. As a regular person reading the news, the last four years of campaigns and presidency have been a continuous steady drip of bombast, lies, muddled exaggeration, outrage, attempted misdirection, and ridiculous scandal. It’s both overwhelming and numbing. Seeing the whole Trump narrative together in one place was odd, and somewhat disconcerting. I might even ca I feel like I just ate too much fast food. I cannot imagine this was a labor of love. More like a labor of meticulous, cold determination. As a regular person reading the news, the last four years of campaigns and presidency have been a continuous steady drip of bombast, lies, muddled exaggeration, outrage, attempted misdirection, and ridiculous scandal. It’s both overwhelming and numbing. Seeing the whole Trump narrative together in one place was odd, and somewhat disconcerting. I might even call it swampy. In Unpresidented, Brockenbrough plunges full on into the dripping swamp. She pulls everything together into a mostly coherent narrative (no easy task given the content) and offers context and background as the events go on. Occasionally the flow of the text bogs down in detail and multiple plot threads, but I felt she juggled it all about as well as could be expected. In reading the backmatter and flipping through the endnotes, I could feel the aggressive fact-checking that had been committed. I also felt there was a consciously neutral tone throughout that occasionally seemed strained. It’s a fascinating story, beginning with a hard luck immigration tale, and filled with bold and brassy business tactics, and a family that just doesn’t seem to believe the rules apply to them. And unfortunately, in large part they were right. Using loopholes, favors, bluster, and luck, the rules never did seem to stick to the Trump family. I was hoping to find some redeeming qualities, but am left with nothing really new. They are persistent. Looking back on some of the more recent history is striking, given how much has happened since, even since the book was published. As more of this presidency unwinds, this book will rapidly become out of date, but although it only goes up to 2018, it is a sufficiently detailed account and offers great background on Donald Trump, and a good rundown of the 2016 election. My main complaint was the lack of connection between the main text and the endnotes. The endnotes were numbered according to page instead of corresponding to a unique number in the relevant text, nor was there a text reference prior to each endnote. It was puzzling to have the notes be so inaccessible after going to all the effort to document everything.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    In a social media culture today that's attention span can't go past a couple days, Martha Brockenbrough made it her mission to document the life, campaign, and first two years of the presidency of Donald Trump. This book is meticulously researched and meant to report the truth of the 45th president of the United States. It pulls no punches but does its best not to editorialize excessively. If it is unflattering of our president, that's only of his own doing. What I appreciate so much about this In a social media culture today that's attention span can't go past a couple days, Martha Brockenbrough made it her mission to document the life, campaign, and first two years of the presidency of Donald Trump. This book is meticulously researched and meant to report the truth of the 45th president of the United States. It pulls no punches but does its best not to editorialize excessively. If it is unflattering of our president, that's only of his own doing. What I appreciate so much about this book is that it was written for young adults, but Brockenbrough does not talk down to her audience. Her writing manages to be both succinct and to the point, while also leaving out no important detail. I hope that there are plans for Brockenbrough to write a second edition after Trump leaves (or is forced out of) office.

  16. 4 out of 5

    meg

    wow, thoroughly researched, meticulously sourced, and engagingly written. however because of the nature of its subject and his way of making days and weeks feel like years eternities, and scandals that were insane and damning when they came out a month before almost forgettable in the wake of new scandals and tweets and revelations seemingly occurring daily, this teen non-fiction already feels a little dated. it ends in mid-summer of last year, when paul ryan was still speaker, the mueller inves wow, thoroughly researched, meticulously sourced, and engagingly written. however because of the nature of its subject and his way of making days and weeks feel like years eternities, and scandals that were insane and damning when they came out a month before almost forgettable in the wake of new scandals and tweets and revelations seemingly occurring daily, this teen non-fiction already feels a little dated. it ends in mid-summer of last year, when paul ryan was still speaker, the mueller investigation was still going full steam, and john mccain was still alive (and consequently lindsay graham was still worried about looking principled...)--doesn't that seem like forever ago now? i really hope this author is working on a sequel, though i wouldn't blame her for wanting to take a break from all the unprecedented insanity. sigh.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Wendy B.

    This biography is a detailed compilation of Trump’s words and actions to date from various news and social media sources. It’s useful if one hasn’t kept up with the extensive news coverage and needs a primer on the who, what, where and when of events. The drawback is that if one is already well-informed and looking for broad, balanced, and nuanced socio-political analysis of the Trump phenomena, this book will likely disappoint. It’s too packed with details for this kind of exploration; moreover, This biography is a detailed compilation of Trump’s words and actions to date from various news and social media sources. It’s useful if one hasn’t kept up with the extensive news coverage and needs a primer on the who, what, where and when of events. The drawback is that if one is already well-informed and looking for broad, balanced, and nuanced socio-political analysis of the Trump phenomena, this book will likely disappoint. It’s too packed with details for this kind of exploration; moreover, the frequent use of large, highlighted excerpts of texts adds a tone of bias, like a tabloid headline. In fairness, it’s challenging to read any biography of Trump when history is being written daily— and dramatically — and with the natural limits of the biography genre. However, this book’s focus upon detail, rather than broader themes, give it as especially limited shelf life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kay Carman

    This new YA biography of the sitting president received good reviews, but I'm skeptical. Is it truly possible for a person to live his entire life without ever displaying one admirable quality or sign of integrity? Reviewers must have been predisposed to be extremely critical of Trump. I am a moderate Democrat but have church friends and conservative family members who are very supportive of the president. I hoped to find something here that would give me a glimpse into what they see, and what i This new YA biography of the sitting president received good reviews, but I'm skeptical. Is it truly possible for a person to live his entire life without ever displaying one admirable quality or sign of integrity? Reviewers must have been predisposed to be extremely critical of Trump. I am a moderate Democrat but have church friends and conservative family members who are very supportive of the president. I hoped to find something here that would give me a glimpse into what they see, and what inspires their allegiance to him and his style of leadership. Didn't find it here. To those who find my time spent reading about Trump cringe-worthy, check out the Better Angels movement, a grassroots organization bringing liberals and conservatives together to work toward better understanding one another and depolarizing America.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The details in this book blew me away. For example, my husband and I were watching the news yesterday when Manafort case's was being talked about. My husband said, "I bet Konstantin Kilimnick won't be in that book." My husband was wrong. At the very end of the book, in July of 2018, Kilimnick was mentioned in connection with Manafort. Also mentioned at the beginning of the book was Felix Sater. I had to remind my husband who Sater was. The detailed information makes this book, but what makes thi The details in this book blew me away. For example, my husband and I were watching the news yesterday when Manafort case's was being talked about. My husband said, "I bet Konstantin Kilimnick won't be in that book." My husband was wrong. At the very end of the book, in July of 2018, Kilimnick was mentioned in connection with Manafort. Also mentioned at the beginning of the book was Felix Sater. I had to remind my husband who Sater was. The detailed information makes this book, but what makes this book worth reading is the elegant and smoothly flowing writing. It is so engaging, you might even forget for a while, as I did, that you are reading nonfiction. Alas, however, it is not fiction.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Ellen Davis

    Such a good and thorough account of Trump’s life, with great background on his family as well so you can see how he got to be the horrible human he is. Filled with facts (no fake news seen here!) and lots of footnotes and additional sources. All teens and adults need to read this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    How can you not read this book? Every word is supported with research. Decades from now people will be thanking Martha Brockenbrough for this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    J. Mann

    Factual and linear, Unpresidented is an easy read but a hard book. The truth hurts. And Brokenbrough gives it to us straight. A clear-eyed and direct look at our sitting president's life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Valerie McEnroe

    I don't dispute the facts presented in this book, but when you choose some facts at the exclusion of others, that's called bias.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathrin

    I appreciate this book, because it's written in a very neutral language and therefore I can read it and inform myself without my blood pressure going crazy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lois Brandt

    This is a well-researched and clearly written biography of our current president. Although targeted at the YA market, I found Unpresidented extremely helpful in untangling the huge hairball of scandals and events associated with the Trump campaign and first years of his presidency. Brockenbrough remains balanced and calm while laying out the extraordinary history of Trump's personal, business, and political life. She allows the young reader (and older readers) room to think about the ramificatio This is a well-researched and clearly written biography of our current president. Although targeted at the YA market, I found Unpresidented extremely helpful in untangling the huge hairball of scandals and events associated with the Trump campaign and first years of his presidency. Brockenbrough remains balanced and calm while laying out the extraordinary history of Trump's personal, business, and political life. She allows the young reader (and older readers) room to think about the ramifications of the events that have unfolded in the past few years. Highly recommended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    Reasonably comprehensive coverage of the first 18 months of Trump's presidency, but also notably provides a relatively detailed portrait of his earlier life. Just a pity that more people didn't read up on his background prior to voting for him! Worse still is those that did and anticipated a different result. Possibly the most interesting passage doesn't belong to the author and rather to Timothy Snyder: "Without trust, without respect for journalists or doctors or politicians, a society can't h Reasonably comprehensive coverage of the first 18 months of Trump's presidency, but also notably provides a relatively detailed portrait of his earlier life. Just a pity that more people didn't read up on his background prior to voting for him! Worse still is those that did and anticipated a different result. Possibly the most interesting passage doesn't belong to the author and rather to Timothy Snyder: "Without trust, without respect for journalists or doctors or politicians, a society can't hang together. Nobody trusts anyone, which leaves society open to resentment and propaganda, and of course to demagogues." Not a book for those seeking out the more salacious tales, but damning in its simple reportage.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This critical biography of Donald Trump that follows his journey from his early days as a real estate developer through the first half of his current term as president is well written, impeccably researched, and ultimately devastating. Martha Brockenbrough methodically builds a portrait of an entitled, self-aggrandizing man with a complete disregard for the truth. This book is both difficult to read and impossible to put down. Just as good - and even more horrifying - the second time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Thoroughly sourced and highly readable biography of Donald J. Trump. I learned a lot from the early life and real estate sections - the second half of the book became more of a skim for me. The decision to pull out quotes and have them in-text was particularly smart for developing readers and teen readers who might skim or actively poke around the book, in that those readers can still get value out of the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Quinby6696 Frank

    Nothing much new here. A helpful catalog of all things Trumpian with helpful timelines and mini-biographies of Trump's team of rascals. I always think of the Eagle Scout's father who remarked, after Trump's disgraceful speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree, that Trump was an example of what everyone brings their sons up not to be. Sir, you don't know the half of it! Brockenbrough begins with Trump's ancestor's provenance in Germany (not Sweden as Trump claimed) and continues with Trump being sent at Nothing much new here. A helpful catalog of all things Trumpian with helpful timelines and mini-biographies of Trump's team of rascals. I always think of the Eagle Scout's father who remarked, after Trump's disgraceful speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree, that Trump was an example of what everyone brings their sons up not to be. Sir, you don't know the half of it! Brockenbrough begins with Trump's ancestor's provenance in Germany (not Sweden as Trump claimed) and continues with Trump being sent at 13 to military school because his father couldn't do anything with him. A lackluster academic career, and his rise in the real estate world of Manhattan. Multiple bankrupticies, billions of dollars in debt, bailouts from his father until the debts got too big for even Fred Trump, etc. etc. Federal housing discriminations charges, disastrous casino deals, lying about his net worth to get on the Forbes list, questionable ties to Russia - the list goes on and on. Then when he decides to run for president: harmful birther nonsense which begins his serious war on facts (plenty of lying going on before this), the Access Hollywood tape, attacks on Gold Star families and war hero John McCain, divisive hate-filled rhetoric, anti-immigration rants and accusations, never mind Charlottesville. Clearly a miserable excuse for a human being. But in the middle of all this well-known stuff I found an interesting nugget which might explain at least some of it. During Trump's disastrous casino dealings: "Years later, Trump's associates told a reporter at Newsweek that his characteristic aggression grew worse during this period. And, they said, he stopped treating staff with thoughtfulness and care. He also became increasingly reckless and convinced of his own greatness. Around the time Trump got his casino license in 1982, he was reportedly diagnosed with a metabolic imbalance by a Manhattan endocrinologist, who prescribed a drug for treatment. The drug prescribed, diethylpropion, an amphetamine derivative, can cause delusions, hyperactivity, and paranoia. It is highly addictive if used for more than six months. According to the journalist, who said he obtained Trump's medical file and interviewed one of his friends, Trump took the drug for years." p. 83. Another interesting tidbit: that Trump raped Ivana when their marriage was crumbling is common knowledge, but apparently the reason was that he used Ivana's plastic surgeon to operate on his scalp to cover the bald spot and the operation was not success. Trump claimed that her surgeon "ruined" him. Overall, seriously depressing book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Thanks, Shiloah, for the recommendation. This was a better read than I thought it would be. It covers Trump's life from birth through his presidency at the time it was written. It briefly covers the history of his father and grandfather, tracking where his wealth began. Partially unbiased in the telling of his early years, the author of this biography also shows that some of the unfavorable behaviors we see in Trump today began at a young age. The author also tells of Trump's propensity to creat Thanks, Shiloah, for the recommendation. This was a better read than I thought it would be. It covers Trump's life from birth through his presidency at the time it was written. It briefly covers the history of his father and grandfather, tracking where his wealth began. Partially unbiased in the telling of his early years, the author of this biography also shows that some of the unfavorable behaviors we see in Trump today began at a young age. The author also tells of Trump's propensity to create his own version of reality, his own perception of his wealth (which is not the same as net worth/value), and his own version of others' perceptions of him. Brockenbrough shows the numerous times he has lied, inflated and distorted information, etc., and also how he had always twisted things to create a favorable view of himself (in his mind). She shows how he sought to be in the spotlight from an early age until now. Yes, this book makes judgments, but it does so based on facts that are backed up with numerous footnoted references. The book also covers much of the Russia connections and the beginnings of the investigation, including information about the various people involved. There are pictures (which can be a bit grainy), an index (helpful!), and a section at the end breaking down a time line of his presidency to the point at which the book was written. Very well researched.

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