- President Donald Trump’s two years in office have inspired, among other things, several bombshell books from figures inside and close to the White House.
- More than a dozen bestsellers detail the challenges in covering Trump’s time in office, the inner workings of his White House, and a new age for American democracy.
Stunning details from “Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump” emerged ahead of its March publication about President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter and son-in-law, who also serve as senior advisers in the administration.
It’s the latest in a string of books and memoirs to come out about Trump and life inside the White House as journalists, pundits, and political operatives remain focused on the effects his presidency is having on American life.
Here are all of the books that have been written about the Trump White House so far.
“Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising” by Joshua Green
Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Joshua Green published this close look at Trump’s relationship with Steve Bannon, former chief strategist and head of right-wing site Breitbart, who contributed to his 2016 election victory and bolstered the alt-right movement.
Published just months into Trump’s presidency in July 2017, “Devil’s Bargain” compiled six years of research and interviews to trace the alt-right’s roots in Trump’s candidacy and its ties to some original members of his administration.
“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff
Published in January 2018, Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” reached the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller list. Wolff’s book is described as a behind-the-scenes look at the first year of the Trump administration.
One of the more explosive anecdotes in Wolff’s book was former adviser Steve Bannon saying the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower involving Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and the Russians was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
But many of the claims in Wolff’s book were widely discredited. Wolff himself has even wavered on if everything in the book is true, at one point saying he wasn’t sure if it was entirely factual.
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“Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth” by Howard Kurtz
Also released in January, Kurtz’s book focuses on the relationship between Trump and the media that covers the president. Kurtz hosts “Media Buzz” on Fox News.
Some of the stories included in Kurtz’s book include Bannon telling Trump that he could be impeached, the deterioration of Trump’s relationship with the “Morning Joe” television show hosts, and how counselor Kellyanne Conway felt betrayed by her friends in the press.
“Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic” by David Frum
Frum contends that Trump has damaged the American democracy and hurt America’s future in “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” which was published in January 2018.
A former White House speechwriter for President George W. Bush and currently a columnist for The Atlantic, Frum argues that Trump and his administration are permanently hurting the American democracy.
“It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America” by David Cay Johnston
Published in January 2018, Johnston’s “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America” was a New York Times Bestseller.
Johnston writes that Trump is undermining various aspects of the federal government and that it is having a compromising impact on the American people.
The book specifically focuses on Trump’s desire to build a wall along the US-Mexican border, the implementation of tariffs, and Trump’s efforts to drain the swamp.
“The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography” by David Brody and Scott Lamb
Published in February 2018, Brody’s book “The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography” focuses on the president’s religious beliefs.
Brody, who serves as the Christian Broadcasting Network’s chief political correspondent, writes about Trump being raised as a Presbyterian, his connection to Evangelicals, and his advisers’ similar views on Christianity.
“Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump” by Jerome Corsi
“Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump” was published in March 2018 by Corsi, who is a far-right political commentator and conspiracy theorist well-known for promoting the falsehood that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US.
After defeating 16 Republican candidates in the primary and Hillary Clinton in the general election, Corsi writes that the so-called deep state is now the biggest obstacle to Trump’s presidency.
He claims the mainstream media, bureaucratic holdovers from the Obama administration, and Democratic candidates are conspiring to destroy Trump’s presidency and prevent him from serving his full term in office.
Corsi’s re-emerged as an unpredictable figure on the political stage after he was subpoenaed in September 2018 by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify in the Russia probe in relation to Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone, who was recently indicted by Mueller.
“The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game” by Ronald Kessler
Published in April 2018, New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler provides readers with an “unbiased” and “unvarnished” view on Trump and the White House.
Kessler’s book, which includes interviews with Trump and White House staff, claims that Kushner and Ivanka Trump have been responsible for the president’s worst decisions, that first lady Melania Trump has a significant impact on policy decisions, and that Conway is the biggest leaker in the White House.
“The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It” by Andrew Puzder
Puzder’s book “The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It” was also released in April.
He once served as the CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, and had to withdraw as Trump’s first secretary of labour nominee. He writes that Trump is embracing capitalism by bringing back pro-business policies and economic growth to the US.
Puzder claims that Trump’s business background is saving the American economy in the White House.
“Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family” by Emily Jane Fox
Fox’s book, which was released in June 2018, also landed on The New York Times Bestseller list.
In “Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family”, the Vanity Fair reporter Fox does a deep dive on Trump’s adult children and son-in-law.
Fox writes about the lives of Trump’s children, what roles they have played in the campaign and administration, and the relationship dynamics with each other and their father. Fox also talks about what their childhoods were like growing up as Trump’s kids.
“The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President” by Sean Spicer
Released in July 2018, the former White House press secretary takes readers inside his time working for Trump in “The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President.”
In the memoir, Spicer describes Trump as a “unicorn riding a unicorn across a rainbow.”
He also talks about what life as Trump’s press secretary was like at the podium during daily press briefings and behind closed doors, as well as writes about the impact that the job had on his family life and faith.
“Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy” by Judge Jeanine Pirro
Pirro, who has a large conservative audience earned in her time as an often controversial Fox News host book, saw her book “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy,” reach the top spot on The New York Times Bestseller List.
Also released in July 2018, the Fox News host’s book takes aim at “fake news,” corruption in the law enforcement community, and national security leaks in addition to alleging the “deep state” is trying to take down Trump, advertising that she reveals what is actually going on in the White House.
Pirro has since landed in hot water after saying a Democratic lawmaker wearing a hijab was “antithetical to the Constitution.“
“The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump” by Gregg Jarrett
Published in July 2018, Jarrett’s book also reached the No. 1 spot on The New York Times Bestseller List.
In “The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump”, the Fox News legal analyst claims that the FBI and Justice Department tried to get Clinton elected and defeat Trump in 2016.
Jarrett, who regularly appears on Fox News and often insults Trump’s opponents, writes that the same people are behind the investigation into Trump for alleged collusion with Russia in order to undo the election results and remove him from office.
“Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” by Omarosa Manigault Newman
Released in August 2018, Manigault Newman’s “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at what her experience and life was like as a senior adviser to Trump in the White House.
The book reveals that Manigault Newman secretly recorded conversations with Trump and other staffers during her time in the White House, which she presents to support her claim that tapes exist of Trump using the N-word on the set of “The Apprentice.”
Manigault Newman released such tape of chief of staff John Kelly firing her in the Situation Room as part of a fiery media tour that went on for weeks after her departure.
The White House denied that claim and painted the book as fiction.
“Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House” by April Ryan
Released in September 2018, Ryan writes about covering the Trump White House in “Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.”
Ryan, who covers the White House for American Urban Radio Networks and as a CNN analyst, takes readers inside the White House from a reporter’s perspective to detail the job of a White House reporter covering the Trump administration on a daily basis.
In multiple televised press briefings, Ryan has emerged as a vocal challenger to claims made by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the president himself, who called her a “loser.”
“Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward
Released on September 11, 2018, Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” generated buzz for weeks before it was released.
Woodward, who earned his name and journalistic reputation covering the Watergate scandal alongside Carl Bernstein, has written books on every president going back to the Nixon White House.
“Fear” is full of damning allegations about the Trump administration, portraying the Trump White House as chaotic and disloyal to the president.
Trump has called the book a “work of fiction,” but it has reportedly sparked a “witch hunt” within his administration for people who may have spoken with Woodward.
“Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House” by Cliff Sims
“Team of Vipers” is a candid tell-all by ex-administration aide Cliff Sims that details the cutthroat nature of Trump’s White House, from his co-workers trashing national policies to helping the president create his “enemies list” of possibly disloyal aides.
Staunch conservative Sims includes a look at Trump and the administration from a few different angles, including his resounding respect for the president that conflicted with his distress over the administration’s position on issues like refugees.
The book raised some flags after its publication because. Despite Sims serving 18 months with the administration he was largely unknown and complicit in moves by the administration that are similar to those he criticises in the book.
“I’m trying to help you understand the way that Trump ticks,” Sims told Business Insider after his book’s January 2019 debut. “How he approaches decision-making. Everything that guy says is newsworthy. You could fill volumes of books with the things that he’s said, but every story in my book helps you understand it in a larger context.”
“Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump” by Vicky Ward
“Kushner, Inc.” made a splash even before it was published in March 2019 because of its endless details on the extraordinarily privileged lives of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Trump’s son-in-law and eldest daughter, who also occupy senior advisor positions in the White House.
Based on Ward’s interviews with more than 200 people, “Kushner, Inc.” includes stories such as the advisers’ illegitimate access to Air Force One and the president’s wish that Tom Brady was in Kushner’s spot as son-in-law.
Unsurprisingly, a lawyer for Kushner brushed off the book as “fiction.”
“Correcting everything wrong would take too long and be pointless,” attorney Abbe Lowell said in a statement to the New York Times, which published several of the book’s key details.
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