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Commander in Cheat

How Golf Explains Trump
Narrated by: Rick Reilly
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An uproarious indictment of Donald Trump's lying, cheating, and poor sportsmanship - by the best-selling author and acclaimed sportswriter.

Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is an on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes look at Trump's ethics deficit on and off the course. Reilly will transport listeners onto the golf course with President Trump, revealing the absurd ways in which he lies about his feats and what they can tell us about the way he leads off the course in the most important job in the world. 

Reilly has been with Trump on the fairway, the green, and in the weeds and has seen firsthand how the president plays - and it's not pretty. Based on his personal experiences and interviews with dozens of golf pros, amateurs, developers, partners, opponents, and even caddies who have firsthand experience with Trump on the course, Reilly takes a deep and often hilarious look at how Trump shamelessly cheats at golf, lies about it, sues over it, bullies with it, and profits off it.

From Trump's ridiculous claim to have won 18 club championships, to his devious cheating tricks, to his tainted reputation as a golf course tycoon, Commander in Cheat tells you everything you need to know about the man.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Rick Reilly (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Building on his firsthand experience by interviewing scores of golf pros, caddies, and opponents, Reilly paints a side-splitting portrait of a congenital cheater." (Esquire, most anticipated books of the year)

"Sportswriting can be a lens into any part of our culture, and [Commander in Cheat] proves my point...a clever way to make sense of White House chaos." (The Week, books to read in 2019)

"Renowned sports columnist Reilly...has known the president for 30 years.... If Reilly was once a Trump favorite, he no longer will be.... [An] amusing, entertaining assessment of a congenital liar." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Like catnip for actual golfers

I don’t think the casual person would like this book. But if you are a golfer and admire the game and all it stands for, then this book might be the most entertaining thing you read all year. I didn’t think it was possible to like trump less, but Reilly’s book, sticking only to golf and remaining apolitical throughout, paints the portrait of a truly despicable person. I’m gonna give this book to my father, it might actually be the most persuasive argument against trump for a septuagenarian brain! Most golfers are Republicans, which makes this actually in important work, and analyzing the moral character of a man through a sport like golf is a genius approach of psychological analysis. I loved to read Reilly’s sports illustrated back-page articles growing up. They were always great. This is right up there with some of his best work. Well done, Reilly. And most authors are horrible narrators and he was not. Bonus points!

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Absolutely LOVE This Book!

This book explains it all: money, golf, money, bullying, money, cheating, money, more cheating, more golf, lying, corruption, "winning" at all costs, more lying, more cheating. I think that covers it.

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An accurate summation of 45s morals through golf.

Every story helps me understand the Idiocracy that is Trump. Golf sets a baseline for character and ethics and Trump can belch whatever narrative he wants but his actions in the golf world speak his truth.

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Great Presidential insight thru the golfer he is!

Great story with lots of information. Don't get distracted or you'll miss more juicy stuff. Definitely would recommend.

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Illustrative on many levels!

This book is fabulous! It's hilarious and entertaining, and informative, too!

I learned a lot about golf (I've only played 5? times). But it goes into depth about how the president* cheats prolifically and obviously. It also goes into how hes bought and developed his courses and how he screws everyone who works for him and everyone he deals with or plays with. He's ruining golf as badly as he's ruining our country!

It is illustrative.

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wow...

Great book full of information i never would have known. it's interesting to see how 45 is doing exactly what he did when he opened new golf courses. he cheats, doesnt care for the rule's, blatantly lies about his expenses... and simply does not back down even when he is wrong. this book is full of history and great examples backed by names and verifiable sources. very well written.

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A honest and character revealing book about the 45th president of the United States

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever loved the sport or had someone they loved that loved the golf .It brought back memories of my dad and draging around a course a golf bag bigger than me. This is by far the best book I have read that reveals who Donald Trump truly is .Thank you for this entertaining and honest book

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How true it is!

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. The actions and manners observed daily match what's depicted in book.

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Great Book! Filled with understanding and humor.

I enjoyed it enormously. A fascinating perspect on Donald Trump's perpetual lying and it sheds light on many of his business and presidential decisions that didn't seem to make sense. He lives the way he plays golf. He cheats. This book is well seasoned with humor.

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I knew it!

I can't stand guy's who don't play by the rules , cut in line, and driving a cart on the Green? Golf Was one of the last places that you could count on some decorum.There should have been more people standing up to that ass. How did they ever elect him president? and what does that say about all the complacent politicians who were just playing along. disgusting

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