Making of Donald Trump
David Cay Johnston

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Narrated By: Joe Barrett

Duration: 5 hours and 47 minutes

What to expect

The culmination of nearly thirty years of reporting on Donald Trump, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul’s rise to power and prominence.

Covering the long arc of Trump’s career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, New York, 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.


Elections and referenda, Political campaigning and advertising, Biography: historical, political and military, Political leaders and leadership

Listen to a sample

“Johnston devastatingly covers ground he broke open as a reporter…The best of investigative reporting is brought to bear on a man who could potentially lead the free world.”

USA Today

“Mr. Johnston, who has followed the real estate impresario for nearly three decades, offers a searing indictment of his business practices and creative accounting.”

New York Times

“Johnston has done voters a service…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 (London)

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

Independent (London)

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

Tampa Bay Times

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


”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.”