To Comprehend Trump

Three books and two magazine articles shed a lot of light on the president's baffling behavior.

July 5, 2017


It’s happening more and more: The phone rings and there’s an old acquaintance on the line, often a mainstream Republican, asking, “What’s wrong with Donald Trump?”

Instead of ranting in response, as I’d been doing for months, I’m now offering up a reading list. Here it is:

  • “Citizen Cohn,” Nicholas Von Hoffman’s biography of Roy Cohn.
  • “Don’t Mess With Roy Cohn,” a brilliant Ken Auletta piece in Esquire magazine written almost four decades ago.
  • “TrumpNation,” an investigative biography by my Bloomberg View colleague Timothy L. O’Brien.
  • “The Art of the Deal,” Trump’s first book.
  • Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article last year about the remorse felt today by Trump’s ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz.

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