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Trump on Trump Paperback – 2 Jun 2016
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Delve into the mind of one of today's most controversial figures with Trump on Trump
About the Author
George Beahm is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author whose I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words was an international sensation. He's the author of many other books, including The Stephen King Companion and The Unauthorized Anne Rice Companion, among others.
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People do of course change their minds, but the book does highlight a recurring theme in Trump’s approach: saying something outrageous and then qualifying it. I would say this is a common technique of bullying; if you didn’t mean it, why did you say it in the first place?
The first chapter after the Introduction consists of a complete transcript of Trump’s speech in June 2015, when he announced his candidature, followed by footnotes addressing each of the “facts” quoted by Trump in the speech. Some are true, some not, and some numbers are exaggerated – for example, the cost of the Obamacare website is put at $2 billion, rather than the $5 billion alleged by Trump.
After this, there are chapters giving examples, with analysis, of Trump’s expressed views on politics, business and himself (perhaps a favourite Trump topic). Interesting topics include bankruptcy, quoting Trump's determination to clarify that the bankruptcies were of his companies, not him as an individual. There is also limited insight into his personal life, with his own portrayal of himself as a faithful serial monogamist - bearing in mind such issues as his gag order on Ivana, one suspects there isn't much public challenge to this viewpoint. The book ends with a timeline of Trump’s career – very useful if, like me, you didn’t previously know much of this – and a brief analytical summary of his literary output.
This book has told me more about Trump than the various clips I have seen on TV. This may be because, with a charismatic figure like Trump (like him or not, he has a tremendous presence) you tend to be overcome by the bombastic delivery; reading cold print enables more objective reflection.
Now, if only I had a book like this to help me decide how to vote in the EU referendum …
Some of the content isn’t going to date but I can’t imagine anyone, apart from future historians looking for a snapshot in time, having much use for this book in the long run. A lot of copies are going to end up in charity shops, landfills etc.
It’s perfectly readable and competently put together. It’s possibly a little shallow as it doesn’t add much context or analysis to the quotes from Trump himself. For a quick cash grab publication it’s not a shoddy piece of work. It’s neither a good book or a bad one. It held my attention.
Basically read it now or don’t bother. If you’re reading this review six months from June 2016 then it’s unlikely to be of much use to you. Things will have moved on and new more outrageous quotes will have been given that this book won’t be covering (already the Pulse nightclub shooting has happened since this book was written).
As I have started to become more aware of this man I have come to realise that you would probably need to publish one of these books every day or so to keep up with the things that he says.
Mr Trump makes a good case study for any student of psychology – especially forensic and criminal psychology (oops, I might be giving my students a less than subtle hint for 2016-17 course work)
He is definitely narcissistic and self-aggrandising he claims to be a self-made man, yet he inherited most of his wealth and his initial investments came in the form of “loans” from his father and grandfather which he did not have to repay – which, of course, means that they weren’t loans but that’s semantics.
“The Donald” likes to tell people how he predicted this, that and the other. He apparently predicted the whole “black lives matter” campaign, he claims to have predicted “the race relations problems”, immigration, “Brexit”, assassination attempts and so on. He is so good as a seer of future events that Nostradamus might have doubted his own foreshadowing abilities.
Mr Trump showed his inability to be questioned or chided when he bridled at a comment in the first “Televised Republican Debate” hosted by and broadcasted on Fox News. One of the panel of 3 journalists was a woman called Megyn Kelly. Mr Beahm doesn’t give the full question that Ms Kelly asked (but it is available after a quick search as is his response).
Instead of addressing the question about his attitude towards women he decided to demonstrate that by a mildly veiled threat to stop being nice to/about Ms Kelly (it is all in the way it was delivered).
The following day he future demonstrated his ability calm the waters by making a comment about being able to see “blood coming out of …” various areas of her body leaving the last one as “her wherever”.
Trump came under a lot of fire for his comments and attitude and every time his response was to blame the woman asking the question. Eventually he did a one-on-one interview with Megyn Kelly which he claimed came about because she went to him and placated and grovelled until he accepted her apology – something which she denied.
All that is just one small incident in a litany of comments and statements made by Donald Trump … so far.
Mr Beahm is definitely a fan of Mr Trump and by the end of the introduction it became obvious that he is also an excuse maker and somewhat of an apologist for his prospective leader.
To be honest I’m not sure which worries me more the idea of Donald Trump and his flash-moment reactions or Mrs Clinton and her seeming ease with manipulation and problems with the facts (getting of the plane and running while being fired on by snipers … which never happened and so on), etc, having access to nuclear launch codes.
This was definitely an interesting read on the early part of the campaign, but I am not sure that it actually tells you anything substantive about the man other than he is so self-obsessed that almost every sentence he utters has a reference to himself and that he has never really developed an understanding of social regard when speaking and so just blurts out whatever he thinks.