Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race - in a press conference attended by paid actors, in which he slandered Mexican immigrants - he has dominated headlines, becoming the unrestrained id at the center of one of the most bizarre and alarming elections in American history.
It was not always so. In 1996, longtime New Yorker writer Mark Singer was conscripted by his editor to profile Donald Trump. At that time Trump was a mere Manhattan-centric megalomaniac, a failing casino operator mired in his second divorce and (he claimed) recovering from the bankruptcy proceedings that required him to inventory the contents of his Trump Tower home. Conversing with Trump in his offices, apartments, cars, and private plane, Singer found himself fascinated with this man "who had aspired to and achieved the ultimate luxury, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul".
In Trump and Me, Singer revisits the profile and recounts how its publication lodged inside its subject's head as an enduring irritant - and how Singer ("A TOTAL LOSER!" according to Trump) cheerfully continued to bait him. He reflects on Trump's evolution from swaggering buffoon to potential threat to America's standing as a rational guardian of the world order. Heedlessly combative, equally adept at spewing insults and manipulating crowds at his campaign rallies, the self-proclaimed billionaire has emerged as an unlikely tribune of populist rage. All politics is artifice, and Singer marvels at how Trump has transfixed an electorate with his ultimate feat of performance art - a mass political movement only loosely tethered to reality.
©2016 Mark Singer (P)2016 Random House Audio
"The foreword is read by New Yorker editor David Remnick, and the rest is narrated by the author, who sounds exactly like a print journalist should. He has a deep voice, a snide mien, a knowing attitude, and a fine sense of pacing. He's one of the few authors who can successfully narrate their own words. For those who haven't already had enough of Donald Trump, this audiobook is well worth a listen." (AudioFile)
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OMG, I never expected this to be laugh-out-loud funny! I found myself guffawing in my car on my way to work, then almost just as quickly recollecting the current political reality and exclaiming "Oh, holy [expletive deleted]!" Every American of voting age needs to read or hear this, AND QUICKLY. I'm going to give away print copies at work, stickynoting key portions (like where Trump explains his selection criteria that led him to employ the female in-house physician at Mar-a-Lago--a story every female of voting age should hear before November). THANK YOU, AUDIBLE, for making this riotous and thought-provoking romp available, and thank you, Mark Singer, for your many decades of fine New Yorker journalism, and in particular for this astonishing look into the head of this most...um...unusual subject.
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