The Making of Donald Trump


Covering the long arc of Trump’s career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY would become an entirely new, and complex, breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy.

From the origins of his family’s real estate fortune, to his own too-big-to-fail business empire; from his education and early career, to his whirlwind presidential bid, The Making of Donald Trump provides the fullest picture yet of Trump’s extraordinary ascendency. Love him or hate him, Trump’s massive influence is undeniable, and figures as diverse as Woody Guthrie (who wrote a scathing song about Trump’s father) and Red Scare prosecutor Roy Cohn, mob bosses and high rollers, as well as the average American voter, have all been pulled into his orbit.

Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump more closely than any other journalist working today, gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who would be president.

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON is an investigative journalist and winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for journalism. A long-time reporter for the New York Times and the former president of the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), he is also the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch. He has won the IRE Medal and a George Polk Award for his investigative reporting, and is a columnist for the Daily BeastNational Memo, and USA Today. Johnston teaches at Syracuse University College of Law and lives in Rochester, New York.

“Provides useful, vigorously reported overviews of Mr. Trump’s life and career … Mr. Johnston, who has followed the real estate impresario for nearly three decades, offers a searing indictment of his business practices and creative accounting.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“David Cay Johnston has given us this year’s must-read Trump book.” —Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s The Last Word

“Johnston devastatingly covers ground he broke open as a reporter on the Trump beat in Philadelphia and at The New York Times…The best of investigative reporting is brought to bear on a man who could potentially lead the free world.” —USA Today

“A devastating attack on the Republican presidential nominee….[Johnston] carefully disentangles the knot of lies that has so far characterised Trump’s presidential campaign.” The Independent

“David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times investigative reporter, gives Trump the thorough scrubbing he deserves…Johnston has done voters a service with this unblinking portrait. He makes a compelling case that Trump has the attributes of both ’dictator’ and ’deceiver’ and would be a disaster in the Oval Office.” —Financial Times

“Carefully fleshes out the details of Trump’s known biography…with solid documentation.” Tampa Bay Times

“If you follow the news at all, you’ll know that a number of allegations have recently been raised against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump…It’s due in good measure to veteran investigative reporter Johnston…that these charges have seen the light of day. Here, without undue breathlessness and certainly without any coyness, he elaborates on those newsworthy sound bites…connecting dots and establishing patterns.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Johnston…maintains a crisply matter-of-fact approach throughout this scrupulously detailed and documented chronicle.”—Booklist

Praise for the author’s previous books:

“Everyone who wants to understand what’s happening with the tax system should read Perfectly Legal.” —Paul Krugman, The New York Times

“Eye-opening.” —John Landry, Harvard Business Review

“This book is vital, an infuriating call to action.” —Jim Hightower, author of Thieves in High Places

“Truly shocking.” —James K. Galbraith, The New York Times Book Review

“Superb.” —Steve Weinberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer