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Let Me Finish

Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics
Narrated by: Chris Christie
Length: 10 hrs
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From the outspoken former governor, a no-holds-barred account of Chris Christie's rise to power through the bare-knuckle politics of New Jersey and his frank, startling insights about Donald Trump from inside the president's inner circle.

After dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, Chris Christie stunned the political world by becoming the first major official to endorse Donald Trump. A friend of Trump's for 15 years, the two-term New Jersey governor understood the future president as well as anyone in the political arena - and Christie quickly became one of Trump's most trusted advisers. Tapped with running Trump's transition team, Christie was nearly named his running mate. But within days of Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton, Christie was in for his own surprise: He was being booted out.

In Let Me Finish, Christie sets the record straight about his tenure as a corruption-fighting prosecutor and a Republican running a Democratic state, as well as what really happened on the 2016 campaign trail and inside Trump Tower. Christie takes listeners inside the ego-driven battles for Trump's attention among figures like Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowksi, Reince Priebus, Kellyanne Conway, Jeff Sessions, and Paul Manafort. He reveals how the literal trashing of Christie's transition plan put the new administration in the hands of self-serving amateurs, all but guaranteeing the Trump presidency's shaky start. Christie also addresses hot-button issues from his own years in power, including what really went down during Bridgegate. And, for the first time, Christie tells the full story of the Kushner saga: how, as a federal prosecutor, Christie put Jared Kushner's powerful father behind bars - a fact Trump's son-in-law makes Christie pay for later.

Packed with news-making revelations and told with the kind of bluntness few politicians can match, Christie's memoir is an essential guide to understanding the Trump presidency.

©2019 Chris Christie (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Hated it

I made it to the end of Chapter 2. It’s definitely being returned. Story is boring and Christies’ voice annoying.

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True Christie style

I thought that Chris gave the reader a deep insight into the candidate Trump and his (Trumps) political naivete and I don't think we've heard the last from him (Christie) politically.

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  • 2019-03-11

Let Me Justify The Treason And Backstabbing

I had the opportunity to be in a meeting once where Chris Christie was present. His mind was like lightning and he often answered questions before the asker was done asking them. He had a commanding yet warm and safe presence and he was definitely a world-class politician. He was more than in "the present". This man was somewhat parked in the future waiting for others to catch up. This book is very interesting in the way Theodore White's "The Making Of The President" books were. I do not believe, however, as the author asserts all through the book, Trump has simply been let down by others. His treason and backstabbing are very public. Yet this writer never seems dismayed by the continuous treason thrust upon himself by Trump himself. I do not believe he is deliberately blind either. This is very much a Republican loyalist throwing down his best for the sake of the party. The masters of industry get there because they have full regard for themselves and zero or sadistic disregard for others. And this does not describe Chris Christie. It does describe many politicians. I am interested in memoirs, not politics. Todays' political climate is an interactive theater with the masses. Chris Christie could have changed all that. He has always been a man with a purpose to serve others. The Republican party serves themselves. The Democratic party serves themselves. Our country's majority is always ruled by a minority. All of the social media now littered with political groupies. The worst has been brought out of people in this country. Not the best. And the last politician to take on Organized Crime (which is destroying our country) was Bobby Kennedy. Chris does his best to back his allies (and even some enemies) in his memoir. And if we as a country had the same moral standards as we had only two decades ago, this would have been a presidential memoir. Where Mr. Christie failed as a candidate, he won as a human being. His integrity is whole. Or at least, complete enough to remain a recognizable noble and honorable force. This memoir is a great book to read. Fascinating.

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  • Lee Ward
  • 2019-01-30

Anger and tears

I’m between anger and tears over ‘Let Me Finish’. It’s the first true Trump Administration tell-all, I believe. Christie gives the straight scoop. Some say Woodward’s book ‘Fear’ was first. But ‘Fear’ is based on Steve Bannon’s viewpoint, and ‘Let Me Finish’ contradicts it. I go with Christie on this. Christie’s New Jersey tough guy persona is entertaining and believable. I see him as a bone fide tough guy.

Christie was Trump’s first major Republican Party endorser and was present through the entire campaign. He led the presidential transition team, and all the work it produced was literally trashed. As Christie tells it, we’re all in a big mess because of this - with no end in sight.

Stories of Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner have the ring of truth. Christie gives the run down on staffers. He shows how Kushner is the main powerbroker at the White House. Everybody who’s been anybody in this administration has enjoyed Kushner’s blessing, however brief it may have been. Trump does the talking; Kushner takes care of business.

My favorite section of the book is on the campaign debate preparations! “Donald was not a mock debate guy,” Christie says. But he came to his senses after the Billy Bush Access Hollywood tape was released. The drama was intense, easy binge listening.

Christie explains why he believes there was no criminal conspiracy with the Russians. Sure, that’s the part everybody's focused on, but it wasn’t climactic for me. No new info on that. The performance makes this a great book, in my opinion.

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  • Sidney Dowell
  • 2019-02-12

Refreshing and Honest Story

This is a good book, honest - all of the range of emotions that one can imagine are well expressed by Gov Christie. I got the book primarily to try and understand why someone like Christie -whom I respect although don't necessarily agree with politically, would ever support Donald Trump. This book was helpful in that regard. Absolutely worthwhile read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-30

A study in cognitive dissonance

Well performed by the author revealing an interesting history of his political career with the exception of his complete cognitive dissonance with respect to the Trump presidency.

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  • dolliann
  • san diego, ca, United States
  • 2019-02-12

kissing Trump butt

would have enjoyed more if Christie didnt blame everyone but Trump for every F up

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  • 2019-02-22

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I don't understand how a man of such confessed principals could write what is otherwise an excellent book, without fully addressing the elephant in the room, the Russian threat to our democracy, the election meddling, multiple indictments of people surrounding the president, presidential lies. NATO, MbS.... I like Christie and he has written a book that is hard to put down. However, I can't understand how he addresses so many other issues in such detail, while sticking his head in the ground on perhaps the nations most important issue. With all that being said, I still might vote for him if he's ... Not Finished Yet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-10

How can a smart man be so dumb?

Christie needs to read his own book. Throughout he describes a self-centered egomaniac how listens to the wrong people resulting in avoidable catastrophes. After all that he continues to praise Trump.

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  • Richard Sullivan
  • Bernardsville, NJ USA
  • 2019-03-24

Great look into a man's/politician's life

I thought it was a great book and completely Chris Christie - meaning if you hate him, you will probably hate the book, but if you like him or don't know him you should really enjoy it.

I had read some comments that it was self-serving, I didn't really see any of that. I suspect they hated Christie (to the point of why read the book, and they probably didn't read the book) and saw what they wanted to.

I read the Michelle Obama and Joe Biden books, and objectively liked them. If you hate republicans and/or hate him, skip the book. But if you like a good human story, you will really like it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-02-24

Interesting, Insightful and Inspiring

I read this book because I have been interested in Chris Christy since he became Governor of New Jersey and was somewhat perplexed when he endorsed Trump for President. I have followed Christy through his public ups and downs in the Trump camp and have listened to him closely on ABC News. So when this book came out I was eager to read Christy’s take on Trump. To that end, I respectfully got what I needed to help me understand Trump more. I respect The Governor and even though I voted for Hilary Clinton, hope and pray that IF Donald Trump is re-elected, that Chris Christy will be his Vice President in a Trump second term., and then The Presidency. The USA needs a man like The Governor.

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  • K. Bachelor
  • Keller TX
  • 2019-04-13

Sycophantic & self-serving tumble

The book started out well enough, and I thought that it would be an interesting take on what went on behind the scenes in the Trump camp in the 2016. Instead, the book turned into a Kiss-ass treatment of Trump, also a puffery tribute to how well Christie performed in the background.
I liked Christie's personal story of his family relationship. Made him seem human and likeable.
The last two parts of the book required personal fortitude on my part to get through. Ugh.

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