The Making of Donald Trump

The Making of Donald Trump

by David Cay Johnston


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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER that connects the dots from Donald Trump's racist background to the Russian scandals

"A searing indictment." — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Johnston has given us this year's must-read Trump book." — Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The international bestseller that brought Trump's long history of racism, mafia ties, and shady business dealings into the limelight. Now with a New Introduction and Epilogue.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, who had spent thirty years chronicling Donald Trump for the New York Times and other leading newspapers, takes readers from the origins of the Trump family fortune—his grandfather's Yukon bordellos during the Gold Rush—to his tumultuous gambling and real estate dealings in New York and Atlantic City, all the way to his election as president of the United States, giving us a deeply researched and shockingly full picture of one of the most controversial figures of our time.

”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

"Johnston's case is unassailable and eye-opening." — The Nation

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612196879
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 109,781
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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?