The Making of Donald Trump

The Making of Donald Trump

Book - 2016
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"The culmination of nearly thirty 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--which today includes stakes in more than 500 business ventures--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 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, 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."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, 2016
ISBN: 9781612196329
1612196322
Branch Call Number: 921 Trump
Characteristics: xvi, 263 pages ; 24 cm

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TruthisGreat
Apr 19, 2017

The work that David Cay Johnston did on The Fine Print was fantastic. Well researched and solid about corporations in America. A must read. So then I searched for more of his work and read this book with similar expectations. Being so 'anti-Hillary' didn't stop me from wanting to learn more about Trump and I thought I had a good source. Nothing Trump did, as reported by Johnston, was 'all that bad' as compared to Hillary or other politicians. He was a bit of a scammer, and certainly an ego, and a player - but if I put him in perspective of The Fine Print characters - Trump is a saint. He isn't nearly as conniving, and he doesn't think "big fraud" like the corporations, because he is a small fish in a big pond. Would I want him around my children? Hell, no. But, if you stack him again other members of Congress - he's probably around the same level of corruption.

I pulled David Cay Johnston up on YouTube and wanted to hear him speak on Trump. You know.... as I listened to him, it just didn't ring true. Something is very off with this book - written in a hurried space of 30 days - it isn't much of anything. If you really line up the facts, it fails to make its point. Don't be fooled - be discerning. It makes my mind wonder if Johnston was handsomely paid or was coerced somehow into writing this book.

After slamming Trump throughout his presentation, one of the questions Johnston was asked in the YouTube interview was, 'did you find anything good about Mr. Trump?' to which he immediately replied 'no, nothing' or words of that sort. Seeing Trump's family, makes me disbelieve Johnston. It seems Johnston wanted to keep his reputation by reporting 'truths' about Trump but reported in a style that fit the pre-arranged agenda.

Two wrongs don't make a right... Hillary vs Trump - let's not go there. Let's dig deep into all of Congress, NIH, IRS, CIA, NSA, etc., etc. Judge each one and weed them out - I don't know how to do that without a missile removing them all and that's not a good path either. Putting each one in the spotlight and saying "No" to the corruption, standing up and leaving the United Flight when that doctor was dragged unconscious off the flight - being ready to say 'no' whenever we peacefully can to stop us all from being turned into the "Borg'/zombies.

Would love to hear others' comments on this.

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LYNN WALSH
Apr 05, 2017

This book presents Trump exactly as he is -- consistant and irrefutable facts from various sources are presented logically. Politically speaking you can either support Trump or not, but you cannot argue with who he is and what makes him tick -- his actions since the '70's speak for themselves.
Well done and kudos to the author.

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mswrite
Mar 11, 2017

Reporter David Cay Johnston has been covering Donald Trump's many and varied business dealings and professional relationships--and their frequent legal and ethical entanglements--for some 30 years now, and his findings are eye-opening to say the least. This book should have been required reading for anyone contemplating casting their vote for Trump in the 2016 elections; the outcome might (might) have been very different.
For one thing, it cannot possibly bode well for our nation that the man Donald Trump chose as his attorney and mentor--Trump has described Cohn as a second father--was none other than Roy Cohn, the vicious henchmen and sidekick to Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy'S red-baiting witch hunting of the 1950s wrecked the lives and careers of countless innocent people.

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GinaFin
Nov 15, 2016

Trump bashers - WE will make America great again for you too. You only believe the evil liberal media's rhetoric.... this book is nothing but all lies from the liberals.

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Memawrayne
Nov 13, 2016

Excellent expose of Donald Trump. Good information of the "wonders" of this man. NOT. Too bad his supporters didn't have time to read this before the election, although I imagine reading is not one of their favorite activities.

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UsefulTruthSeeker
Oct 03, 2016

This is a very important book, revealing Trump, based on "many thousands of pages of Trump documents" the author collected.
Especially striking is the chapter on Trump's mistreatment of his workers.

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voisjoe1_0
Sep 22, 2016

Pulitzer Prize winning author David Cay Johnston has known Donald Trump since 1988 and has been studying his activities and actions since that time. Johnston believes that Trump’s number one concern in life is the accumulation of money and his need to convince the public that he is “really, really, really rich.” Johnston traces the Trump ancestry to Trump today, exploring the various plans and associates he has used to accumulate wealth on a daily basis. Johnston asks the reader to decide if Trump is really the kind of person that would be good for America and the world.

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psberg
Sep 03, 2016

Definitely a must read in order to get the full flavor of Trump's Pandora's box of misdeeds and crimes. He has an uncanny talent for bulldozing and getting his way. Johnston's discussions of how Trump bamboozled the NJ gaming authority into granting him a casino license, despite his known ties to mobsters, is just one example. It is important to note that Johnston, who has covered Trump for over 30 years, does offer his opinions on Trump, but just gives us the facts.

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StarGladiator
Aug 04, 2016

[Update: Interesting to note one unique item about Trump: he is the first president since John F. Kennedy who isn't connected to David Rockefeller and the Rockefeller family: Eisenhower was connected to the Rockefeller brothers [Nelson and David]; Johnson was connected, the Bush family owed their wealth to the Rockefeller family, which gave them the company, Buckeye Bearings for some reason {??}; the Clintons had a strong connection through many, including Peter G. Peterson, Erskine Bowles, et cetera, Obama, and Nixon was a Prescott Bush creation, and connected via Henry Kissinger, while Jimmy Carter's main financial backer was David Rockefeller, et cetera! Might prove to be irrelevant, might be important?!]
I haven't read this book yet, but anyone familiar with David Cay Johnston knows him to be a top notch researcher - - so this should good. Hope it answers the ultimate question about Trump: Just how did he perform opposite Bo Derek in the movie, Ghosts Can't Do It?

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Apr 19, 2017

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