Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump

Rick Reilly (Author)

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Hachette Books
Publish Date
April 07, 2020
5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Currently a screenwriter and author, Rick Reilly for years wrote for Sports Illustrated and appeared on and wrote for ESPN. In addition to being voted the NSMA National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times, he has also been recognized with the Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. USA Today called him, the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star.


"Assails Trump's 'ethics deficit.'"
--Associated Press

"Brilliant...Very, very funny when it comes to the details of what Donald Trump does....[Commander in Cheat is] the great Father's Day Book."--Laurence O'Donnell, MSNBC's The Last Word

"Relying on testimony from playing partners, caddies, and former Trump employees, Reilly pokes more holes in Trump's claims than there are sand traps on all of his courses combined. It is by turns amusing and alarming....P.G. Wodehouse would have approved."--The New Yorker

"Commander in Cheat is an incredibly creative book, regardless what you think of President Trump, regardless of where you are on the political spectrum. It takes us places behind the press conferences and the staged interviews....It take us into Trump's past, places where there were no cameras, no speech writers, no handlers, no aides. It is just Donald Trump with his appetites, Donald Trump with his excesses, Donald Trump with his flaws. Donald Trump with both his love for golf, and his propensity to play games with the truth."--The Providence Journal

"Golf is the spine of this shocking, wildly humorous book, but humanity is its flesh and spirit....It's all hilarious in Reilly's gifted hands."--Chicago Sun-Times

"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

"Reilly uses golf to reveal larger truths. Or, in this case, lies."
--The Arizona Republic

"Great writing...If you really don't like Trump, this is your perfect book."--Chris Matthews, MSNBC's Hardball

"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
"There's a new tell-all book about the president...The specific anecdotes are where Commander in Cheat really takes off."--Stephen Colbert, The Late Show
"Commander in Cheat is one of the most surprising pieces of muckraking of the Trump era....Reilly's right to say Trump sees a golf course like he does the Oval Office...Every one of Trump's most disgusting qualities surfaces in golf."--The Ringer

"The latest anti-Trump exposΓ© isn't about Russia collusion, his taxes or his tweets. It's about his favorite pastime....Delve[s] into allegations the president isn't always honest out on the course."--Fox News

"An eye-watering account of the president's abuse of the rules of golf....[an] unrelenting hatchet job."
--The Times (London)

"Stunning -- and damning."--Golf Digest

"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

"[Commander in Cheat] is filled with vivid allegations about Trump's cheating -- how he once threw broadcaster Mike Tirico's ball off the green during a round, how he manipulates the value of his courses to get tax breaks, how he exaggerates his golf scores."--The Washington Post

"Eye-popping."--Los Angeles Times

"The American sportswriting great has written my favorite sports book of 2019...By turns hilarious and shocking. In a game that prides itself on gentlemanly conduct, Trump is exposed by numerous witnesses (most of whom are surprisingly happy to go on the record, a tribute to Reilly's reporting skills) as a first-class cheat....I thought my opinion of the 45th president could not get any lower. I was wrong."--The Times (London), Sports Book of the Year
"A must-read for Democrats and Republicans alike."

"A hilarious and well-researched indictment of President Trump and his golf game....Mr. Reilly, probably the most acclaimed sports writer of his generation, details and highlights in incredulous and often times comical fashion...'The Donald, ' both before and after he became the nation's 45th president."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette