Now, Barrett's classic book is back in print for the first time in years and with an introduction about Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Donald Trump claims that his success as a âself-madeâ businessman and real estate developer proves that he will make an effective president, but this devastating investigative account by legendary reporter Wayne Barrett proves otherwise. Back in print for the first time in years, Barrettâs seminal book reveals how Trump put together the biggest deal of his lifeâTrump Towerâthrough manipulation and deceit; how he worked with questionable characters from the mafia and city politics; and how it all nearly came crashing down. Here is a vivid and inglorious portrait of the man who wants now to be the most powerful man in the world.
InÂ Trump: The Greatest Show in the WorldâThe Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention, Barrett unravels the myth and reveals the truth behind the mogulâs wheelings and dealings. After decades covering him, few reporters know Trump as Barrett does. Instead of the canny businessman that Trump claims in his own books, Barrett explores how Trump exploited his fatherâs banking and political connections to finance and grease his first major deals. Barrettâs investigative biography takes us from the days of Donaldâs lonely youth to his brash entry into the real estate market, and to the back room deals behind his New York, Atlantic City and Florida projects.
Most compellingly Barrett paints an intimate portrait of Trump himself, a man driven by bravado, obsessive self-regard, and an anxious ruthlessness to subdue his rivals and seduce anyone with the power to aid his empire. We see him head to head with an opponent as powerful as Pete Rozelle, ingratiating himself with the brooding governor on the Hudson, and fueling the Drexel engine driven by Michael Milken with hundreds of millions in feesâpaid, ironically, by gaming companies to fend off Trump takeovers. We explore his complicated emotional and business relationship with his first wife, Ivana, and the use he planned to make of his mistressâand later, his second wifeâMarla Maples as a âsouthern strategyâ in his then contemplated presidential campaign. With interviews with scores of adversaries and former colleagues, we are given a privileged look at Trump the businessman in actionâreckless as often as he is brilliant, reliant on threats as much as on charm, and ultimately a cautionary tale: is this the man we want to lead the world?
PRAISE FORÂ TRUMP:
âTrumpÂ is a withering portrait of the most self-mythologized and promoted businessman of our era, an exhaustively researched and long-overdue antidote to Trumpâs own books. It is a penetrating portrait of the age that spawned him and the many who aided and abetted his rise.Â TrumpÂ seems destined to be the definitive account of how Trump got ahead and why he fell. It is a sad story, with important lessons for us all.â âJames B. Stewart, Pulitzer Prizeâwinning author ofÂ Den of ThievesÂ
âDonald Trump surprises us again. Wayne BarrettâsÂ TrumpÂ is a fresh, detailed, and vivid account of the tangled connections of money, politics, and power in our times.â âNicholas Pileggi, author ofÂ Wiseguy
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