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Pulitzer Prize­-winning reporter and dean of Trumpologists David Cay Johnston reveals years of eye-popping financial misdeeds by Donald Trump and his family.

While the world watched Donald Trump’s presidency in horror or delight, few noticed that his lifelong grifting quietly continued. Less than 40 minutes after taking the oath of office, Trump began turning the White House into a money machine for himself, his family, and his courtiers.

More than $1.7 billion flowed into Donald Trump’s bank accounts during his four years as president. Foreign governments rented out whole floors of his hotel five blocks from the White House while lobbyists conducted business in the hotel’s restaurants. Payday lenders and other trade groups moved their annual conventions to Trump golf resorts. And individual favor seekers joined his private Mar-a-Lago club with its $200,000 admission fee in hopes of getting a few minutes with the president. Despite earning more than one million dollars every day he was in office, Trump left the White House as he arrived - hard up for cash. More than $400 million in debt comes due by 2024, and Trump still lacks the resources to pay it back.

“Few people are as well positioned to write an exposé of the former president as Johnston” (The Washington Post), and The Big Cheat offers a guided tour of how money flowed in and out of Trump’s hundreds of enterprises, showing in simple terms how a corrupt president used our government for his benefit, even putting national security at risk. Johnston details the four most recent years of the corruption that has defined the Trump family since 1885 and reveals the costs of Trump’s extravagant lifestyle for American taxpayers.

©2021 David Cay Johnston. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Good info bad narrator

Mr Johnston on your next audio book please do the narration yourself! When you started of the book I was all in...as soon as the narrator started it made the listen hard. This is the 2nd book of yours where the narrator was almost unlistenable. The information was great just narrate the book yourself next time

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Very Informative

The information was comprehensive and well presented. Hats off to the research team you’ve left no stone unturned.

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Truth HURTS!

I recommend this book to anyone who dares seek the TRUTH about Trump’s Presidency! A detailed look into his corrupt and criminal practices! If anyone dares to deny this should move out of the Country! Great read!👍🙌🏻

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I have been waiting for this book

We have been flooded with books about Trump’s political misdeeds, but I have read none about the financial corruption. Johnston writes powerfully and clearly about really blatant violations of legal and constitutional constraints on presidential money-grubbing. While the content is outstanding, the reader’s voice is awful, and I hope his throat recovers from that inflammation.

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Great content but narration was disappointing

The storyline with its many revelations did not disappoint and would have merited an honest 5-star rating on all counts if I had ordered the book instead of opting for the audio version. Although the narrator had the intonations of a professional, his voice came across as weak and thready all throughout the reading. I found it wearisome to listen for long periods. I also found that I had to rewind quite often due to what I can only describe as a hypnotic-like effect of the vocalization.

Added comment 12/20/21:
After reading other Audible reviews of "The Big Cheat", I now see that I am not the only person who complained about the narration of this otherwise fine book. I also know why I was so disappointed when at home I first heard the actual book content begin. When I previewed the Audible snippet on the webpage, it was author David Cay Johnston who was reading his prologue portion of the book. But when I received the audiobook, after the prologue the recording switched over to another person, a supposed "professional" narrator who made listening to the entire book nearly intolerable for me. I have many, many fine audiobooks in my collection and this is the first time that this has occurred. As another commenter stated: Mr. Johnston should narrate his books and not hire someone else to do so.

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Yup... he was as bad as you heard!

In-depth presentation of Trump and Kushner misdeeds over 4+ years. Listen and weep, and learn the devastating truth of Donald, family, and friends!

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The Financial Fraud

This is the book I have waited for, pined for, and sought.
Finally, a book about the trump finances, detailing the laws broken as trump defrauded practically everybody.
Even children with cancer were ripped off by trump's greed.
Like Al Capone, I believe financial transgressions will be what imprisons trump.
I'd love to see him pay for the damage he did to our country while he was President. I believe the shredding of our beloved Constitution to be criminal to the point of capital, and in desperate need of correction so that no future President will ever repeat this horrible crime against us.
But I'll settle for whatever puts this sick and evil man behind bars.
What's contained within this book just might do it.

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More Confirmation!

The rich continue to do what they’ve always done, look out for their own interests at the peril of working people. The question is how do we get Trump supporters to get passed their other-ism and hate long enough to understand that they were duped by this grifter and his grifter friends and family. Reform is not just needed it’s crucial to our mere existence. Thanks for the facts that support what we all know and sometimes feel powerless to fight against but we can never give in! Know the candidates and choose wisely and PLEASE VOTE!!!

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Great book, lousy narration

I’m a big fan of the author and this book is very informative. The audio started out great with the author reading the introduction. But the main part of the book is read by someone else with a very unprofessional voice. It was really disappointing to listen to that all the way through. I would recommend if you really want to read this book just get the Kindle version. Don’t bother with the audio.

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so much to learn...

Pure evidence that American education is sorely lacking. I learned so much and learned how much there is to consider. Eye opening.