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Without a shadow of a doubt, the 45th President of the United States of America (assuming he’s still in office as I write) is at best of dubious character and at worst, well, I’ll leave you to make your own mind up.

Books on famous people are not my bag and nor are non-fiction books in general. But as the story of Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency has unfolded, my interest was piqued. Even though I’m English I have heard a lot about Donald Trump, none of it good. It was while watching the wonderful Rachel Maddow Show on YouTube that I first heard of David Cay Johnston and in particular his book, The Making of Donald Trump. So, I downloaded a sample from Amazon and was hooked from page one.

It immediately comes across as you read that Johnston knows his subject very well, having been following and investigating Trump since the late 1980s. Written in such a way as to report on Trump, rather than judge him, the author gives the reader a deep insight into the world of Donald Trump. From Trump’s propensity for miserly penny pinching to his absurd delight in awarding himself dubious honours, Johnston lays Trump’s sometimes crazy behaviour bare for all to see.

The story of Trump Tower on fifth avenue and the Polish Brigade brought in to remove the Bonwit Teller department store in order to build the tower is classic Trump. People not paid on time, promises broken, shady deals and poor work ethics… you couldn’t make it up and I suspect this story alone would make a great book.

Trump’s love life also comes under scrutiny and through this we learn of Trump’s insatiable desire to be headline news. Phone calls to reporters by Trump, but him pretending to be somebody else, can only make the reader wonder at how this man managed to become president.

I have often wondered what would have been the outcome of the 2016 presidential election if every voter had been given a copy of this book.

The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston came to me highly recommended and I can heartily concur with that.

Tom Kane © 2017

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