Mr. Trump's Wild Ride

The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency
Narrated by: Major Garrett
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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A chronicle of the Trump administration from the inside perspective of a White House press correspondent.

©2018 Major Garrett (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Garrett's assessment of Trump manages the difficult task of being both hard-hitting and even-handed, as well as smartly entertaining...The result is one of the best accounts yet of Trump's impact." (Publishers Weekly)

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A Great Book

Major Garrett's Mr. Trump's Wild Ride is a great book. Expecting and wanting a criticism I was surprised to find that it wasn't even an explanation of Trump and his presidency. It is a description. So it gives much more information about how and why things are and happened. Well worth the read.

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Mr Trump's Wild Ride

Extremely detailed narration of Trump's first 20 months or so in office. It does require close attention to keep track of the huge cast of characters and their behaviors.

Very wordy in terms of adjectives, adverbs, turns of phrase, which also requires close attention to follow the narrative, but that may have been in part because I used the audible version without the benefit of the visible breaks of paragraphs and punctuation, though as a long-time professional transcriptionist, I can usually "hear" the punctuation in a narrative.

Overall, he seems to be rather sympathetic to Trump's efforts and limitations, at least trying to be balanced in his descriptions, more so than the prior two major recent publications in the topic. I cannot speak to which is more accurate, but I suspect Trump's admirers would prefer this version.

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Major is superb

Written in a factual way, this reporter’s retelling of the (almost) first two years of the Trump administration is spot on.

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This is Really Wild

I liked the fact that Mr. Garrett was there and actually heard and saw what transpired. There were several times that I found that his facts made what did occur clearer. I think the book is highly recommended to anyone who finds the political field strange at this time.

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A Must Read

This is a very interesting and informative book. Major Garret documented dates and events and helped put together a timeline.

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Trump hater
Nothing else to say
Can’t be non-bias if you hate the guy

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jumbled mess

This car crash of a book is essentially a biased reporter reading you the bits of a newspaper he agreed with, with no ability to evaluate whether what he's saying has any other implication beyond the author's own prejudices.

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not good at all.

very boring. one sided version of events form a lame reporter trying to make a name for himself.

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I expected a more balanced perspective

The first two chapters, which were 1 hr. 45 minutes long, led me to believe Major Garrett would present a far more balanced perspective of Trump than either the very positive or very negative books I have read about our current president. The rest of MR. TRUMP'S WILD RIDE did a great job of organizing topics and covering factual details. Garrett's attacks on Trump's failures were generally fair, but while he recognized the successes of the of Trump's first 18 months he managed to find creative ways to give Trump no credit whatever for his successes. Successes were blind dumb luck or were engineered by others usually over Trump's objections according to Garrett. Garrett's explanations of why Trump does not deserve credit for his successes reek of dishonesty. It is this utter dishonesty by the author that cause me to rate this well organized, well written, and well narrated book 1 star.

The weakest aspect of this book was the effort to paint Trump as a racist. In doing so Garrett managed to say that George W Bush and Ronald Reagan were not racists. All Republican presidents beginning with Nixon and including Reagan, Bush I and Bush II were routinely called racists by Democrats and the media while in office. The racist charges against Trump are false as were the same charges against the three prior Republican presidents. Charging Republican presidents with racism is now de rigueur (that means fashionable or customary).

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