Born Trump

Born Trump

Inside America's First Family

Book - 2018
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"The Kennedys meet the Kardashians in this dishy, deeply reported, and richly detailed look at President Trump's five children, exploring their lives, roles in the campaign and administration, and the relationships to their father and each other. Full of surprising insights and previously untold stories, Born Trump will quench the ever increasing desire for a greater understanding of who these people are, how they were raised, and what makes them tick."--Publisher's annotation.
"Who is Donald J. Trump? To truly understand America's forty-fifth president, argues Vanity Fair journalist Emily Jane Fox, you must know his children, whose own stories provide the key to unlocking what makes him tick. Born Trump is Fox's dishy, deeply reported, and richly detailed look at Trump's five children (and equally powerful son-in-law, Jared Kushner), exploring their lives, their roles in the campaign and administration, and their dramatic and often fraught relationships with their father and with one another. Reexamining the tabloid-soaked events that shaped their lives in startling new detail, Born Trump is full of surprising insights, previously untold stories, and delicious tidbits about their childhoods (ridiculously privileged and painful, in equal measure) and the extraordinary power they now wield. As a version of this new kind of American royalty they wish to be, they are ensconced not in palaces but in Trump Tower and the White House. Even before Trump's oldest child, Don Jr., was born, Donald told friends that he wanted at least five kids--to make sure there was a greater probability one would turn out just like him. His vision didn't pan out exactly as he'd imagined, but Trump's children each inherited some of his essential traits--as one source says, "collectively, they make the whole." Ivanka is a media-savvy, hyperskilled messenger with her father's self-promotional ease but without the brash. Don Jr. has the most contentious relationship with his father yet seems prone to endlessly repeat his mistakes. Eric embraced the family's real estate business but has, in surprising ways, charted a more independent course than his siblings. While Tiffany grew up mostly separate from her father, she inherited Trump's perspective as an outsider--his unique combination of assurance and insecurity. And there is Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, whose own family drama and personal ambition is a crucial thread in this saga. Come for the vision of Trump as a father--a portrait of the president at his kindest and cruelest. Stay for the revelatory gossip, including the truth about the firings of Christie and Manafort, the inside scoop on Donald's three marriages, why Ivanka and Jared are "bashert," and how this family of real estate tycoons have become the most powerful people in the world."--Jacket.
To truly understand Donald Trump, argues Fox, you must know his children, whose own stories provide the key to unlocking what makes him tick. She explores the lives of Trump's five children (and son-in-law Jared Kushner), exploring their lives, their roles in the campaign and administration, and their dramatic and often fraught relationships with their father and with one another. Each inherited some of their father's essential traits-- and as one source says, 'collectively, they make the whole'. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062690777
0062690779
Branch Call Number: 973.93309 T772F 2018
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 24 cm

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bronteside
Sep 30, 2018

A breathless take on the Trump menagerie ;
Breezy tales of privilege & wealth and howlers
About their accompanying cheapness.
Occasionally a soupçon of sympathy for
The brat pack emerges;
A study of how luxurious neglect breeds loyalty.

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laphampeak
Sep 09, 2018

There are many recently published books that involve Trump and all that surrounds Trump. This book stands out as a current bio of Trump, his three wives, and five children. It analyses each family member and spouses personality, education, and interests. It's up to the reader to like or dislike one's character. The author's intent isn't to get us politically motivated one way or another. I finished with a greater understanding of "the Trumps" who seem to have an intense involvement and affect through their control of government. - good or bad.

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KlayDyer
Sep 03, 2018

Two words really define the insights provided by this book: detail and degree. Unless you have been under a rock for the past few years, you are already overly well-versed on the disaster that is Donald Trump. The womanizing, the self-promotional bluster, the very lose (at best) relationship with truth and reality are all highlighted in graphic detail throughout Fox’s book. As are the exploits of the Trump clan, from first wife Ivana through the formation of Javanka and the recent divorce of Donald Jr. (who proves himself more than a proverbial chip off the old block on numerous occasions). So, nothing is really new or wholly startling here, just an accumulation of insider details gather in one place. The most obvious result, as I suggest, is a new sense of degree, as in “I knew the family was dysfunctional, but really – this dysfunctional?” or “I know Trump’s hyperactive vanity is obvious, but really – even this is a bit too much to believe.”
Feeling at times like a work rushed to press to take full advantage of current events (hence an unusual number of typos and amateurish gaffes for book of this length), Fox’s book is chatty, rich with the texture of a world most of us can only imagine, and with an edge that makes it readable. The takeaway impression, however, remains, perhaps as it should be, a deep sadness that such an obvious charlatan tapped into the cultural energy of an angry country looking for change, and the overwhelming need for a shower to cleanse body and soul after visiting Trumplandia through the pages of this book.

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Memawrayne
Aug 30, 2018

Not much that is really new. I do wonder why thy children are so loyal to their father who was around very little and did not play a big role as they were growing up. Maybe they know that they will lose out on an inheritance if they don't toe they line.

debwalker Aug 07, 2018

Why the Trump children are what they are.

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slarsen
Jul 31, 2018

Gossipy - I devoured the pages from beginning to end. Is that equal to not being able to put it down? Fast read. One of the better Trump books.

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KlayDyer
Sep 03, 2018

"Donald...was an infinite pit of need -- a time-sucking vampire who fed off those around him to sustain his own vanity. To work with him was to be telephoned or summoned or shouted for, sometimes all at once, to handle non-crises or actual crises, to stroke his ego or tamp down a rage or puff up an insecurity, or simply, most commonly, to entertain the ever bored and constantly unfocused mind of the man in Trump Tower."

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