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***THE INSTANT New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and IndieBound BESTSELLER***

An NPR Book of the Day

Picking up where the New York Times bestselling Front Row at the Trump Show left off, this is the explosive look at the aftermath of the election—and the events that followed Donald Trump’s leaving the White House—from ABC News' chief Washington correspondent.

Nobody is in a better position to tell the story of the shocking final chapter of the Trump show than Jonathan Karl.  As the reporter who has known Donald Trump longer than any other White House correspondent, Karl told the story of Trump’s rise in the New York Times bestseller Front Row at the Trump Show. Now he tells the story of Trump’s downfall, complete with riveting behind-the-scenes accounts of some of the darkest days in the history of the American presidency and packed with original reporting and on-the-record interviews with central figures in this drama who are telling their stories for the first time.
This is a definitive account of what was really going on during the final weeks and months of the Trump presidency and what it means for the future of the Republican Party, by a reporter who was there for it all. He has been taunted, praised, and vilified by Donald Trump, and now Jonathan Karl finds himself in a singular position to deliver the truth.

Jonathan Karl
hr min
November 16
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

Artful-D ,


Good book/narrative. I no longer have to read or listen to anything trump.

AspenWillow ,

Top Notch

Excellent work covering the nitty gritty details of the disastrous last weeks of the Trump presidency. Highly recommend.

Don Rockwell ,

The Most Important Trump Book Writte

I am intimately familiar with “Betrayal,” having spent many, many hours with it.

I recently reread Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley,” where he coincidentally became witness to the deplorable Ruby Bridges affair.

Just as Steinbeck’s book has become standard reference material for historians, Jonathan Karl’s “Betrayal” will be used 50 years from now. Nobody, and I mean nobody, was closer to this mess, except those who were part of the mess itself.

Forget the “breaking news” nuggets you’ve heard in this past week - that’s all very nice, but will pass into history. “Betrayal” is an evergreen historical document that also happens to be an entertaining, informative page-turner, putting the reader directly into the vortex of action.

Jon Karl will be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction for “Betrayal” - a book which will not only win awards in 2021, but will also be relied upon by researchers in 2521.

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