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Publisher Description

An absorbing, novelistic, and powerfully affecting work of history and investigative journalism that tracks the unraveling of American democracy.

In American Oligarchs, award-winning investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein tells the story of the Trump and Kushner families like never before. Building on her landmark reporting for the acclaimed podcast Trump, Inc. and The New Yorker, Bernstein brings to light new information about the families’ arrival as immigrants to America, their paths to success, and the business and personal lives of the president and his closest family members. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and more than one hundred thousand pages of documents, American Oligarchs details how the Trump and Kushner dynasties encouraged and profited from a system of corruption, dark money, and influence trading, and reveals the historical turning points and decisions?on taxation, regulation, white-collar crime, and campaign finance laws?that have brought us to where we are today. A new afterword examines how the two families’ transactional politics left America particularly vulnerable to the crises of 2020.

Politics & Current Events
January 14
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

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The book is well researched and full of facts, but had two issues for me. First is that the Kushner part was very interesting because it is not as well known, but much of the Trump parts were repetitive because they have been covered extensively elsewhere. This made it drag for me and I found myself skimming through yet another description of the Mueller report as an example. Secondly, the tone is negative and exposes a bias on the part of the author. I am no fan of Trump (as I’m sure that anyone that reads the book is not) but the actions make the case for themselves and the extra spin is over the top and actually hurts the book in my opinion. It’s an interesting read, especially for the Kushner and early Trump sections, but I’m not sure that it will appeal to anyone but the true believers and that is a missed opportunity to me.

nolan301 ,


Heard the author interviewed on radio.
Her writing presents historical facts that are well documented. Reading the history of these families make their actions more understandable. Their future together on an international stage make the book’s title a possible outcome