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*THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
*A Financial Times Book of the Year*
*Economist Book of the Year*
‘A political epic’ – Guardian
‘This is the book Trump fears most.’ – Axios
Few journalists have covered Donald Trump more extensively than Maggie Haberman. And few better understand the polarizing 45th president or his motivations. In this astonishing, illuminating book, Haberman reveals all about Trump the man, the president and the phenomenon.
Interviews with hundreds of sources and with Trump himself portray a complicated and often contradictory figure. Capable of kindness but relying on casual cruelty as it suits his purposes. Pugnacious. Insecure. Lonely. Vindictive. Menacing. Smarter than his critics contend and colder and more calculating than his allies believe. A man who embedded himself in popular culture for decades, laying the groundwork to galvanize support for a successful run for high office.
Chronicling Trump’s entire career, from his rise in New York City to his tortured post-presidency and potential comeback, Confidence Man is a magnificent, disturbing reckoning of the president who pushed American democracy to the brink.
‘A devastating portrait’ Economist
‘Maggie Haberman, the New York Times’ Trump whisperer, delivers. Her latest book is much more than 600 pages of context, scoop and drama. It is a political epic, tracing Donald Trump’s journey from the streets of Queens to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, from the White House to Mar-a-Lago, his Elba. There, the 45th president holds court – and broods and plots his return.’ Guardian
‘[Confidence Man] will be a primary source about the most vexing president in American history for years to come… [Haberman] is an exemplar of her craft, relentless, judicious and even-keeled.’ New York Times
About the author
Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent for the New York Times. She was part of the team that won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the investigations into Donald Trump’s, and his advisers’, connections to Russia, and were finalists for a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus. Before joining the New York Times as a campaign correspondent, she worked as a political reporter at Politico, from 2010 to 2015. She previously worked at theNew York Post and the New York Daily News.
Like a tsunami traveling hundreds of miles before it crashes onshore, the shock of Donald Trump's election and polarizing presidency was less sudden than it first appeared, according to this sprawling account from Pulitzer winner Haberman. Drawing on decades spent covering Trump, Haberman is especially insightful on how his combative instincts and transactional worldview were forged in the cauldron of New York City's racialized politics and cutthroat real estate market. She documents tussles and quid pro quos with city officials over the Commodore Hotel and the West Side rail yards, and cites a source's claim that Rudy Giuliani, then serving as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, dropped an investigation into money laundering at Trump Tower because he wanted Trump's support in the 1989 mayoral election. (After he lost, Giuliani made unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud: "They stole votes in the Black parts of Brooklyn, and in Washington Heights"). Haberman also shares findings from a 1988 poll commissioned by Roger Stone to sell Trump on "a future in national politics"; recounts White House rivalries ("Did you see I cut Bannon's balls off?" Jared Kushner asked one visitor); and reveals that administration health officials believed Trump would have died from Covid-19 if he hadn't received monoclonal antibodies. Deeply reported and immersively told, this is an essential contribution to the overloaded bookshelf on Trump.