The making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

By David Cay Johnston

"Covering the lengthy arc of Trump's occupation, Johnston tells the total tale of ways a boy from a quiet portion of Queens, new york could develop into a completely new, and complicated, breed of public determine. Trump is a guy of significant media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. but his profession has been laid low with criminal issues and mounting controversy. From the origins of his family's actual property fortune, to his own  Read more...

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Long before he learned to manufacture news, Fred Trump had become a main target of federal investigators looking into profiteering with the tax dollars intended to help World War II veterans. The subsequent Senate hearings about those investigations were not about diversionary tactics like young women in bikinis with bricks, but the fortunes Trump and other builders made by gaming Federal Housing Administration rules on mortgage guarantees. Once the FHA understood the scheme, it was explained to President Dwight D.

When Trump was in financial trouble in the early 1990s, “I asked her to make a phone call to an extremely close friend of hers who held a powerful position at a big bank and who would have done what she asked. ’ ” Instead of accepting that the woman felt such a call would be improper, Trump fired her. She started her own business. Trump writes that her business failed. “I was really happy when I found that out,” he says. In Trump’s telling, the story of an employee declining to do something unseemly is really the story of a rebellion to be crushed.

Guthrie had moved into an apartment at Beach Haven, Fred Trump’s first major housing project, in 1950, soon after the six-building, 1,800-unit apartment project was completed. Guthrie noticed that everyone around him was white, and started writing about the rental policies at what he called “bitch havens”: I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate He stirred up in that bloodpot of human hearts When he drawed that color line Here at his Beach Haven family project. Guthrie is best known for “This Land Is Your Land,” his ballad about the Dust Bowl, which gave farmers in his native Oklahoma an extra kick in the pants during the Great Depression.

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