The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump's Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired--And Inaugurated


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All Points Books
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6.4 X 1.1 X 9.3 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

ALLEN SALKIN has reported on media, business and culture for Vanity Fair and the New York Times, among others. New York Post journalist AARON SHORT has reported on Donald Trump's political aspirations for over a decade.


"In this entertaining oral history, reporters [Allen] Salkin and [Aaron] Short ask readers to accept an unconventional conclusion: that Donald Trump's rise to the presidency was 'diligently' planned...a rollicking, insightful look at the political crucible in which the Trump presidency was forged." --Publishers Weekly

"Two journalists team up, conduct more than 100 interviews with key figures in (and out of) Camp Trump, and conclude his decision to run for president was far from impulsive...A more positive view of Donald Trump than most Americans have." --Kirkus Review

"Veteran journalists Salkin and Short conducted candid and revelatory oral history interviews...With his 2020 re-election campaign underway, those who dismiss Trump as a one-hit wonder would do well to know the seriousness with which he pursued the previous campaign." --Carol Haggas, Booklist Review

"A stunning portrait of Trump." --Gersh Kuntzman, The Daily Beast

"The Method to the Madness offers clear insight into the strengths, weaknesses and inner drive of the most unusual man ever to occupy the White House." --Aram Bakshian, Washington Times

"The Method to the Madness is a warning to anybody and all prospective Democratic opponents to President Trump: don't underestimate this guy, he's formidable...the list of Trump insiders who cooperated with this book is truly remarkable." --Michael Medved, MedHead podcast host

"We're all telling the wrong story about Trump...The Method to the Madness ultimately does a solid job of telling a new story about our 45th president. Salkin and Short have fashioned a persuasive narrative from a chorus of voices, and in many ways their account of Trump as unorthodox gamesman makes vastly more sense than Trump as lucky idiot." --Maria Browning, LA Review of Books