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New York Times Best Seller

With unparalleled reporting, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter chronicles the clash between a president and the officials of his own government who tried to stop him.

"A meticulously reported volume that clearly benefits from the author’s extraordinary access...[a] startling dissection of the Trump presidency." (The New York Times)

Drawing on secret FBI and White House documents and confidential sources inside federal law enforcement and the West Wing, Donald Trump v. The United States tells the dramatic, high-stakes story of those who felt compelled to confront and try to contain the 45th president of the United States as he shredded norms and sought to expand his power, bringing American democracy to the brink.

Michael S. Schmidt broke many of the major stories of the Trump era, from the news of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account to the report on the memos of former FBI director James Comey’s conversations with Trump that led directly to the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. In Donald Trump v. The United States, Schmidt takes us inside the defining events of a presidency, chronicling the clash between an increasingly emboldened president and the officials of his own government who found themselves trying to thwart the president they had once pledged to serve. Through their eyes and ears, we observe an epic struggle to stop a rogue agent in our nation’s highest office. A vital work of journalism, Donald Trump v. The United States is a riveting contemporary history and a lasting account of just how fragile and vulnerable American democracy really is.

©2020 Michael Schmidt (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Masterpiece

Most illustrative recounting if events yet. I look forward to the follow-up next year, hopefully with a better ending

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I was hopeful. 😔

This book is descent but nothing I haven’t heard before. The narrator is rather monotone and at times frustrating.

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Great content. Needs great narrator.

Michael Schmidt is a gifted journalist. I love his contributions on cable news. But for me, his reading performance for a whole book was a tough go. It was his great content and integrity that kept me hanging in to the end.

I recommend re-releasing the book with Jeff Daniels (or Mark Ruffalo) as the narrator. I'd buy it again!!

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Riveting!

Since the Meuller report came out there had been missing pieces of the Trump saga. This book explains the details and ties it all together. Great book !

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Very Good

This should be read b every voter to et a perspective o what was and is going on

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  • megan
  • 2020-09-03

OMG THE NARRATOR

I haven’t finished this book, and although I want to, I don’t know if I will because I DO NOT like the way he reads this book. I have nothing bad to say about the content of the book, but OMG I wish somebody else had narrated.

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  • Dr D
  • 2020-09-01

Insightful read

This offers us the public a small peak inside the truth of our democracy which is being eroded and hidden from us.

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  • In the Mountains
  • 2020-09-03

Should have hired a narrator.

This is probably an awesome book. I’m going to have to buy the print version, though. The author’s narration is simultaneously overly-emphatic and monotone, which is exhausting to listen to. I couldn’t even make it through the first chapter and I doubt I retained any of it due to aural fatigue.

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  • Charlie Austen
  • 2020-09-03

Interesting Times

A first draft of history as written by the winners. Because truth and justice always win in our country, Mr. Barr.

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  • Robert
  • 2020-09-06

Clarification

In this book Michael Schmidt was able to fill in the blanks of the story of President Trump’s time in the White House. It is without question the finest first draft of history in recent times and I believe an example of the journalistic integrity of the reporters at the New York Times.

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  • Dianne
  • 2020-09-06

Excellent Book!!!

I listened to this book while sewing masks for hey connector. I learned things I never knew and it changed my view on so many people and what actually happened behind the stories. Knowledge is Power and this book is POWERFUL.

Dianne

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  • jody Sheridan
  • 2020-09-05

This is a "must read" for every American,

Every American needs to read this book before they cast their ballot this year. Michael Schultz's investigation is exhausting and his narrative is remarkable. The narration is skillful and passionate, he needs to narrate another. The ending was the hardest part to digest.

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  • Frankss
  • 2020-09-04

Amazing

So much information that I didn’t know, as a political junkie this is a must have for a behind the scenes look at how stories develop.

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  • L. Maranto
  • 2020-09-07

Every American should read this.

Every American should read this before the 2020 presidential election. Most of this has been revealed elsewhere, except for the fact that Trump’s ties to the Russian government have not been investigated at all. Yet, it is presented in a well organized, chronological fashion that has not been done, to my knowledge.

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  • S. Leppard
  • 2020-09-04

Nothing we didn’t already know

While the book lines up the more events in order it doesn’t touch on the current events. There’s nothing about Nunes clandestine visit to the White House. And nothing about 45’s fomenting division throughout the USA. I was disappointed that the book didn’t cover events beyond Barr wanting to release Stone.

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