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The Enemy of the People

A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America
Narrated by: Jim Acosta
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From CNN’s veteran Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, an explosive, first-hand account of the dangers he faces reporting on the current White House while fighting on the front lines in President Trump’s war on truth.

In Mr. Trump’s campaign against what he calls “Fake News”, CNN Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, is public enemy number one. From the moment Mr. Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, he has attacked the media, calling journalists “the enemy of the people”.

Acosta presents a damning examination of bureaucratic dysfunction, deception, and the unprecedented threat the rhetoric Mr. Trump is directing has on our democracy. When the leader of the free world incites hate and violence, Acosta doesn’t back down, and he urges his fellow citizens to do the same.

At Mr. Trump’s most hated network, CNN, Acosta offers a never-before-reported account of what it’s like to be the President’s most hated correspondent. Acosta goes head-to-head with the White House, even after Trump supporters have threatened his life with words as well as physical violence.

From the hazy denials and accusations meant to discredit the Mueller investigation, to the president’s scurrilous tweets, Jim Acosta is in the eye of the storm while reporting live to millions of people across the world. After spending hundreds of hours with the revolving door of White House personnel, Acosta paints portraits of the personalities of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and more. Acosta is tenacious and unyielding in his public battle to preserve the First Amendment and #RealNews. 

©2019 Jim Acosta (P)2019 HarperAudio

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  • Just G
  • Connecticut, USA
  • 06-16-19

Honest and riveting perspective

I have been become a huge fan of Jim Acosta since The Donald started his campaign for the presidency of our great country. He struck me as an honest, caring, and courageous journalist. The book is well written and riveting, a fantastic insider’s look at what it has been like for any journalist interested in truth to cover the Donald. I’ve also am mesmerized by Acosta’s voice. I’m about halfway through the audiobook, and will be update if my perspective changes. This far, it’s five stars plus from me.

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  • Mike
  • Denver, CO USA
  • 07-09-19

I can't believe it's only been two years!

With the pace of today's modern news-cycle it's easy to forget all of the insanity that we have had to endure in just the first two years of this so-called presidency. I loved/hated being reminded that THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT NORMAL!

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Highlighting Trump’s Obfuscation

If you have ever fallen victim to a scam, Acosta’s courageous expose’ will enlighten you to Trump’s colossal con job against America. Well written and performed.

A concerned physician

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Shocked

As much as I tried to ignore the politics of America thinking that I'm just a small fish who really dont care, this was definitely an eye opener for me. I read this book because I saw Jim on the night show mentioned it and i thought what the heck I'm getting the book. This makes me hate Trump even more and he's very disrespectful.

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Great Book!

I have to admit that I am an Acosta fan so I was excited to hear that he had a book coming out. I would wish that he would slow down his narration for his next book. He reads the entire book like he is trying to fit it into a 3 minute news segment.Slowing the narration down just makes it sound terrible! Still I can't wait for the next Acosta book.

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What it's like to be a reporter in the Trump era

If you wonder what it's like to be a journalist in the Trump mediasphere, listen to this book. Jim's storytelling flows nicely, and the book is full of anecdotes, many you will recognize from having seen them play out on TV. (Many times I felt myself saying, "oh yeah, I remember that" and then hearing the answers to things that were puzzling at the time.)

Major takeaway: the White House press corps are under immense pressure during this administration. Trump himself has a push-pull relationship with mainstream media, because although he says he hates them, he can't live without seeing his name out there. His press staff end up being enforcers. Then, during his rallies, Trump invites violence against the media. These are scary times to be a journalist.

Jim has a nice voice, but I felt the narration was rushed. This was not unexpected, since he's used to saying as much as possible in a short time on TV. That was my only complaint about the book, but slowing the speed to .85 in Audible made it much easier to follow. (Great feature, Audible!)

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Scary important narrative

The lesson of how journalists develop their stories that become our news should be required reading for all citizens. The author shows that reign of terror of the current administration against our free press is curtailing our Constitutional freedoms. While journalists succumb to often to groupthink and other biases (they are people, after all!) Jim Acosta shows that in spite of the flawed system, our free press is the best system we have for keeping our elected officials mindful that they must be answerable to US! Let’s hope our democracy continues. And that the press continues to shine a light on everything.

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Eye opener

This is a gripping account of a standoff that could be missed in the heat of the high drama Trump administration. I don’t watch CNN much, having been alienated way back when Aaron Brown left and regularly watching only Fareed Zakaria. The press room dustup was all I knew of Acosta. He tells a story that provides an educational look at how the press functions in the tribal culture and how fraught this essential occupation has become.

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More than 5 stars

Five stars is it enough to assign to this book and it's narrator. Page Turner.

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I don't believe in 5 stars.

Before Trump's tantrums Jim Acosta to me was just another CNN reporter. This book most certainly from Acosta's POV is well-written, well-performed, and the story is captivating.

I loved the book and did not stop listening until done.

Keep on fightin' Jim.

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  • FKblue
  • 06-19-19

This book is a must!

Excellent description and analysis of the current threat to the freedom of the press, free speech and the truth!

Jim Acosta, despite attempts as discrediting him, remains a highly respected and effective journalist.

His courage, bravery, ethics and moral purpose shine through this book. Thank you for writing such a poignant message for our times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-19-19

Amazing Historical Document

I don’t think the American public know half of how the press is treated, and they chose to disbelieve what they do read.

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  • Frank
  • 07-14-19

Nam veritas, gratias agens Jim Acosta!

Very good, brave & determined man fighting to tell the truth against the dangerous lies and fake information spread by Trump's self fulfilled interpretation of Bannon's ideology. Thank God for a free press, may they challenge governments everywhere for the betterment of citizen's. We live in dangerous times, nationalism to this extreme does not work for the masses as history has shown. Free and true press always!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-17-19

Outstanding

Frighting insight into the life of a Whitehouse journalist.

Jim Acosta gives a Frank and honest view of the Trump Administration and what ‘alternative facts’ truly are.

Keep up the good work Jim!

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 06-15-19

Trumps lies and false statements

What a good listen. Frightening that the freedom of the press is under pressure and we need to ensure it keeps free in the U.K.