• Betrayal

  • The Final Act of the Trump Show
  • By: Jonathan Karl
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Karl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,690 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Picking up where the New York Times best-selling Front Row at the Trump Show left off, this is the explosive look at the aftermath of the election - and the events that followed Donald Trump’s leaving the White House - from ABC News' chief Washington correspondent.

Nobody is in a better position to tell the story of the shocking final chapter of the Trump show than Jonathan Karl. As the reporter who has known Donald Trump longer than any other White House correspondent, Karl told the story of Trump’s rise in the New York Times best seller Front Row at the Trump Show. Now he tells the story of Trump’s downfall, complete with riveting behind-the-scenes accounts of some of the darkest days in the history of the American presidency and packed with original reporting and on-the-record interviews with central figures in this drama who are telling their stories for the first time.

This is a definitive account of what was really going on during the final weeks and months of the Trump presidency and what it means for the future of the Republican Party, by a reporter who was there for it all. He has been taunted, praised, and vilified by Donald Trump, and now Jonathan Karl finds himself in a singular position to deliver the truth.

©2021 Jonathan Karl (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A movie plot you know but still manages to impress

Having listened to only 2 books about Trump, (both focused on a particular time period) I am hardly what you would call an expert on Trump books. However I will note that it took me a single day to finish Betrayal vs. Peril which took me weeks to slog through..

Betrayal is essentially a concise & succinct blueprint for the House January 6th Insurrection committee to use in explaining to the American people in plain language the insanity of the Donald Trump administration. Literally they could just follow this book point by point. Let’s be real; there was so much insanity & chaos in the Trump administration it takes someone truly gifted to take all that & design us a simple picture. Simple is the hardest thing to make AND do well.

As someone who follows politics FAR more than the average American, Betrayal filled in gaps for me the details of things I did not understand or just did not know about. Sure I’d heard of Sydney Powell & Lin Wood, but other than the general sense they were crazy, I didn’t know the exact reasons why. The replacement of Esper w/Chris Miller & his genius handling of DJT, the WH HR managed by a nobody frat boy… there’s so much it makes the head spin. I knew Kayleigh McEnany was horrible, but Betrayal points out specifics.

Details matter. Betrayal shows exactly how much minutiae matters. This book is filled with oh so many details! Tbh this book was EVERYTHING I was hoping Peril would be. The writing is superb; detailed but not superfluous & perspective fantastic.

Every American who is eligible to vote should listen to this book. Tbh everyone regardless of voting eligibility should listen to this book! I listen to books out of practicality so I can work at the same time, but I would argue this one should be listened to vs. read as there are many audio clips from original sources that somehow makes it even more engaging.

Typically I don’t listen to books twice, but if I do, I know it’s a really excellent book. This is one of those. I’m not sure if it was the constant sense of panic for 10 hours straight, but had a super productive day working while listening to it. Thank you Jonathan Karl for writing & dictating this excellent piece!

PS. If you like this book I HIGHLY recommend The Cult of Trump by Dr. Steven Hassan. If will take more than a day to get through, but worth it.

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well done and written

I listened to the entire book in a day and while it had some new information it was another reporters view whatt I already had read as it happened during the last year of the Trump Whitehouse. Well written and read by the author. God Bless our country as we barrel towards uncertain and a fairly unstable future in politics

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Detailed documentation of Trump’s near overthrow of Democracy

There is starling new details of Trump’s near overthrow of a free and fair election. The effort was very nearly successful. The author is a Whitehouse Correspondent with a close and personal eyewitness to the Trump Presidency. He knows the key Trump staffers, Cabinet appointees, lawyers, and Congressional leaders. He provides supporting documentation. I particularly liked pertinent audio recordings inserted in the Audible version.
Betrayal is an engrossing and important book.

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Brilliant.

Karl’s honest and nonpartisan reporting goes in depth to the key sources behind the lead up to the 2020 election, the real-time horror of 1/6, and the political aftermath they country is still enduring. He speaks with congressional leaders who were (and are) the decision makers during the most critical period in political history. At times heartbreaking but never losing an optimistic tone for the future of the United States.
Must listen. Won’t regret it.

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Alarming In Detail

As a rule, I enjoy hearing the author as narrator. I want their genuine inflections and thoughts to breathe through the words. Jonathan Karl is no exception, his job as a reporter makes him more than qualified.
This book exposes a deep flaw in the psyche of a great number of Americans – They scream from the highest mountain tops about freedom and democracy and the Constitution, when in the end they don't want that at all - they crave a monarch.
When HB0 decides to do a 10 part docu-drama about Trump's Presidency and the attepted overthrow of democacy, I truly hope they will turn to this book as reference.

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Very Well Done

Jonathan Karl does a great job telling exactly what was happening at the end of the Trump administration. I wish every American would read or listen to this book. I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually becomes required reading in college history classes, as well as, college journalism classes. Great job on reporting a difficult time in our American History.

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Required Reading (or Listening)

Jonathan Karl not only had an inside track to Trump’s presidency, he names his sources most of the time and explains why not when sources are omitted. His chilling acount of Trump in 2020 is exceptionally well documented, written, and narrated. To any person who values accurate reporting and is also considering a future vote for Trump: Read (or listen to) this book first!

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Pure Honesty. Thank you

Whatever happened to pure honesty, American truth and justice. This truth needs to be spoken about again, again and again. History is written by the victors. Documenting the incidents as they occur will never let real people and our children forget the truth. Thanks for staying vigilant. Great writing and well narrated.

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Disloyalty to trump is fatal

excellent front row seat to the last year of the trump attempt at autocracy.

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Very Interesting

I really enjoyed this book because it had a lot of information not reported anywhere else

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