Is everyone in politics writing a tell-all book? Judging by the sheer volume of books pouring forth from publishers, one would have to say, YES. It seems that everyone – political insiders and analysts, former staff and colleagues, friends and foes – wants a say on this presidency. The fact that President Trump has been in office less than two years makes the number of books quite extraordinary. From political perspectives on the left, right and somewhere in between, writers are promising the “definitive”, the “inside” or “untold” story on this president and his presidency.
Tell-all books are a staple of celebrity culture, and politicians, especially those who attain a certain celebrity status, have had their fair share. Library shelves are full of Kennedy biographies and Kennedy era commentaries; the Clintons take up a few shelves as well. However, nothing is going to compare to the number of books generated by the Trump presidency, including those published to date, and the rumors of ones yet to come. You won’t want to read them all, but in case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s a short list of what’s been published. The title is descriptive of the content.
Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, by Kathy Tur, Let Trump Be Trump, by Corey R. Lewandowski, Trump Revealed: The Definitive Biography of the 45th President, by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff, Understanding Trump, by Newt Gingrich, The Briefing, by Sean Spicer, Everything Trump Touches Dies: a Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever, by Rick Wilson, The Making of the President 2016 : How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution, by Roger Stone, It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America, by David Cay Johnston, The Case Against Impeaching Trump, by Alan Dershowitz, House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia, by Craig Unger, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, by Omarosa Manifault Newman, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, by Brandy Lee, The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump, by Gregg Jarr, Trump’s War: His Battle for America, by Michael Savage, Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family, by Emily Jane Fox, Liars, Leakers and Liberals, by Jeanine Pirro. The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author, Bob Woodward, releases his first book on the Trump administration, entitled Fear, in September. Major Garrett follows soon after with the publication of Mr. Trump’s Wide Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency.
Given the controversies surrounding this administration and turnover rate within the White House, there will likely be many more to come. Check the library’s catalog for a comprehensive list.