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The presidency of Donald Trump marks a profound change in the trajectory of American government, politics, and culture. Like his administration, the movement that put him in office represents a phenomenon that is worth studying.

Donald Trump is unlike any president we've ever had. He is the only person ever elected to be commander in chief who has not first held public office or served as a general in the military. His principles grow out of five decades of business and celebrity success - not politics - so he behaves differently from traditional politicians.

In Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich shares what he learned from more than two years helping Trump and his team throughout the campaign, the election, and during the first months of the presidency. Mr. Gingrich provides unique insight into how the new president's past experiences have shaped his life and style of governing. This book also includes Mr. Gingrich's thorough analysis of how President Trump thinks and makes decisions as well as the president's philosophy, doctrine, and political agenda going forward.

The audiobook edition features the following recordings of live speeches:

Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 2017

Joint Address to Congress, Feb. 28, 2017

The New Deal for Black Americans, Charlotte, Oct. 26, 2016

The Contract with the American Voter, Gettysburg, Oct. 22, 2016

©2017 Newt Gingrich (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Newt's Brilliant But It's Not The Title

What made the experience of listening to Understanding Trump the most enjoyable?

Newt is brilliant and probably understands the world better than most anyone on the planet. However, the book would be better served to be called "Understanding What Trump Needs to Do."

I bought the book as I wanted to gain insight to what makes the man tick. Only about 30% of the book deals with this. The rest of the book talks about what is going on in the world, what Obama did wrong, what the Dems have done worng and how Trump should handle it. In fact, many times I would think that Newt wrote this hoping President Trump would read it so he would understand how to handle the world. Just my take. I'm not saying it's a bad book (I actually supported Newt while he was running). I love the way he thinks. I just think the title is misleading.

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disappointed

the book started out strong and gave a lot of insights into President Trump, how he thinks, operates, listens, makes decisions. but the majority of the rest of the book Newt starts giving his opinion of what needs to be done and his ideas on how it should be accomplished. definitely not what I was expecting. on the plus side he did provide a lot of history of our country.

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Channelling Trump

A clear description of the Trump agenda through the tenured voice of an accomplished legislator. An uplifting explanation of how we still have time to take back the power of Washinton elites. Not through revolution, but individual voices connected to the legislative process by the use of technology. Establishing the priorities for the elected officials that no longer report to their constituents. A must read for any body looking to understand the phenomenon known as Trump.

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Continue dealing with the mess leftists made...

...and the anti-US mainstream media and leftist federal bureaucracy, President Trump. You are off to a great start against incredible odds! You demonstrated already that you could be elected when running against the Democrat's bunch of special interest groups.

I was a member of the Never Trump group until the last minute when I voted for him. After Donald Trump's actions first six months in office I'm ecstatic that he is president. He has half the people in our country including a large number of violent ones against him, the federal bureaucracy is solidly opposed to him and is working hard to defeat him, the main stream media is unalterably opposed to him and lie about him relentlessly in what appears to be either efforts to build up enough hate to have him impeached and removed or or, and many of the Republicans in Congress are either opposed to him or are lukewarm in their support. Yet with his drive and determination he will get more done than any other potential candidate to reverse the downward spiral away from the sacred cornerstones of our democratic republic. We are with you, Mr. President.

This book is very good as it focuses too much on Newt Gingrich's opinions on what Trump should do, but the first half and the speeches at the end do deliver as the title's promises.


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True and scary

Gingrich paints the picture that Trump knows exactly what he is doing, and while meant to reassure his readers, actually scares me. What this has proven is that he takes one small piece of information and makes large, overarching decisions about he world from that small piece of info. Scary.
The writing itself is mostly unwarranted advertising and publicity for the Trump family and a better title would be 'Understanding Why I Love Trump and You Should Too. There are blatant lies about numerous topics, people, and situations. The only thing you'll begin to understand about Donald Trump is that he is egotistical and oblivious to the world around him.

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Such a FABULOUS documentary

Absolutely phenomenal! As a scholar and historian, Gingrich lays out the details of why we are witnessing a monumenous time in America!

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Misleading Title

I'm a fan of Newt and always impressed with his command of the subject. However, I'm disappointed in this book as it is more about history and Newt's guidance to President Trump than it is about President Trump. If you want an excellent lecture on history and government policy, this book is for you.

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Light on Trump, Heavy on the Gingrich Manifrsto

Disappointed, as a fan of Trump I was looking for more behind the scenes stories about his childhood, career, and the actual working of the campaign. Instead we get a gloss over of all of that, and the last two thirds of the book on what Gingrich would do. He has some great ideas he but did Trump a disservice by sneaking them into a book that was supposed to be about Trump. Will be hard for me to view Gingrich the same again, now that I know what he's really about. Self serving. I'm glad Trump had sense enough not to bring him into the administration.

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Misleading Title- should be Understanding What Newt Thinks Trump Should Do

The first two chapters are about Trump but that's about it. The rest of the book is about what he should do or what Newt wants him to do. Don't get me wrong, he's got some good points, but it's not about Trump, his agenda, or his cabinet.

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Very interesting views of Trump positions

I enjoyed listening to Newt and feel that I know more about President Trump, his hopes for America, and his world views. I have always felt that Gingrich was very wise about the world of politics and this book reinforces that viewpoint. I also enjoyed listening to President Trump's speeches at the end of the audio book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is trying to keep up with the wild world of DC politics.

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Loved it from start to finish, moving on to next Trump book and loving all of the books coming out about Trump that are fact checked and true especially Newt Gingrich book understanding Trump 👍✅✅✅✅✅