Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

The Best Biography of a Corrupted President

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

The Best Biography of a Corrupted President

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The Best Biography of a Corrupted President David Cay Johnston. The Making of Donald Trump. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2016. $24.99. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-1-61219-632-9. 263pp.

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A fantastic biography of Donald Trump, released just as he was running for President. David Cay Johnston had broken many of the stories that caught Trump in corruption and various other shady dealings in Vegas and elsewhere, so it is only fitting for him to write this summary of Trump's criminal and business endeavors.

I requested this book because I was starting research on a political satirical novel (which I've temporarily put aside). I learned of the book when I was watching a YouTube talk with Johnston. As I expected, this turned out to be an outstanding source to understand the roots of political and business corruption in the United States.

The front cover has gold-colored popping out text for all of the lines except for the first, "The New York Time Bestseller," which is in black. The back cover is short and stresses that Johnston won the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting. Unlike most authorized biographies, this controversial study does not include any photographs of Trump or his associates. Obviously, what businessman would want to be included in these pages: it would definitely be very bad PR. In this case, the photos are completely unnecessary just as they would be in a murder mystery. …

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