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Michael C. Bender, senior White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal, presents a deeply reported account of the 2020 presidential campaign that details how Donald J. Trump became the first incumbent in three decades to lose reelection - and the only one whose defeat culminated in a violent insurrection. 

Beginning with President Trump’s first impeachment and ending with his second, Frankly, We Did Win This Election chronicles the inside-the-room deliberations between Trump and his campaign team as they opened 2020 with a sleek political operation built to harness a surge of momentum from a bullish economy, a unified Republican Party, and a string of domestic and foreign policy successes - only to watch everything unravel when fortunes suddenly turned.

With first-rate sourcing cultivated from five years of covering Trump in the White House and both of his campaigns, Bender brings listeners inside the Oval Office, aboard Air Force One, and into the front row of the movement’s signature mega-rallies for the story of an epic election-year convergence of COVID, economic collapse, and civil rights upheaval - and an unorthodox president’s attempt to battle it all. 

Fresh interviews with Trump, key campaign advisers, and senior administration officials are paired with an exclusive collection of internal campaign memos, emails, and text messages for scores of never-before-reported details about the campaign. 

Frankly, We Did Win This Election is the inside story of how Trump lost and the definitive account of his final year in office that draws a straight line from the president’s repeated insistence that he would never lose to the deadly storming of the US Capitol that imperiled one of his most loyal lieutenants - his own vice president.

©2021 Michael C. Bender (P)2021 Twelve

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Riveting information, can't stop listening

The book is detailed and informative, as one would expect from an accomplished journalist, but also written with the elegance and vitality one would expect from a top novelist. The narration is stellar. I really felt like I was in the room for scene after shocking scene. Even events I thought I knew a lot about were presented from a new angle, rounding out the picture, deepening my understanding.

Bender focuses on the voices of the people involved. For me, as an average citizen who has closely followed these events from the outside, one thing that I never was able to picture is: who are these people? How do they justify their execrable behavior, what motivates them? It was hard to see them as a collection of human beings with complex and varied motivations. This sheds a light on how a mess like the Trump administration unfolds.

This book is, I believe, not just an explosive revelation of current events, but a work that is destined to be part of the history of this terrifying time in American history, when "it" has happened here.

This book is worth every minute of your time.

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This book has good information, but also flaws.

The intention seems to be that this is to read as a levelheaded report, but it seems that it has a bit of an apologetic slant. 99% of the reported behind closed doors comments from Trump are exactly what he needed to say in public at the time, to show some semblance of sanity. Its almost too perfect that he'd have so much to say in earnest, that would have made him more popular, and he ostensibly refused to say it. I'm not going to say that the author is downright subservient to the former president, but it seems that his job at the wall street journal, and therefore at News Corp, might actually depend on him finding a balance between real reporting, and apologetics.

At one point in the book, the former president's minions try to use the author to launder their own message through a more respectable news source, and I can't help but wonder if that's what the whole book actually is.

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Very interesting book

This book is terrifically interesting especially the last 3 chapters. However all throughout there were nuggets of information I'd never heard before

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Computer generated reading - terrible

I did not get past the intro. The reading is -all computer generated and terrible. This one you better buy the actual book. I will return this.

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100% recommend

Detailed, in-depth and well written. Not my usual genre but I was so entranced with insiders scoop. My mind is blown. Recommend this book to everyone!

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Don’t use this voice ever again in any book… please…horrible method… just horrible… ruined a great book I fear

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Nothing you haven't already heard

This book isn't very detailed and you learn nothing new. Unlike Landslide by Michael Wolff, I found myself sometimes bored and tuning out instead of listening intently.

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So much more than I knew

I have been glued to MSNBC, newspapers, NPR, etc. but there is more behind the scenes horror than we already knew. Reading about the repeated assaults on our government, the judicial system, common decency we’ve observed made this book’s ending more heartbreaking. This guy is golfing every day and enjoying adulation and standing ovations at dinner every evening. Nauseating. But for the constant lies, infighting and backstabbing all around him, he could have done even more damage than he did. Awful, awful man.

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Frankly it’s interesting

I wish there was more information pertaining the timeline of the insurrection, especially when Biden made his speech, but that’s my opinion.
This was an interesting read, especially talking to the people that supported the former president.
I don’t know if I will listen to the other audiobooks about the former president, but this was a good book.

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A must read for trump supporters.

Trump is evil and does not care about his followers. They metro read this book

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Nor quite what I expected - but I still enjoyed.

I enjoyed the book, the voice is a little bit mechanical, but not enough to be annoying.
I expected the book to focus more on the final stage of the election, and pull apart some of the arguments made by the Trump team, however it's more about the full election campaign - with throwbacks to various controversies during the entire term, and I wasn't unhappy with what was delivered.