Who is Donald J. Trump? To truly understand America’s forty-fifth president, argues Vanity Fair journalist Emily Jane Fox, you must know his children, whose own stories provide the key to unlocking what makes him tick. Born Trump is Fox’s dishy, deeply reported, and richly detailed look at Trump’s five children (and equally powerful son-in-law, Jared Kushner), exploring their lives, their roles in the campaign and administration, and their dramatic and often fraught relationships with their father and with one another.
Reexamining the tabloid-soaked events that shaped their lives in startling new detail, Born Trump is full of surprising insights, previously untold stories, and delicious tidbits about their childhoods (ridiculously privileged and painful, in equal measure) and the extraordinary power they now wield. As a version of this new kind of American royalty they wish to be, they are ensconced not in palaces but in Trump Tower and the White House.
Even before Trump’s oldest child, Don Jr., was born, Donald told friends that he wanted at least five kids—to make sure there was a greater probability one would turn out just like him. His vision didn’t pan out exactly as he’d imagined, but Trump’s children each inherited some of his essential traits—as one source says, “collectively, they make the whole.”
Ivanka is a media-savvy, hyperskilled messenger with her father’s self-promotional ease but without the brash.
Don Jr. has the most contentious relationship with his father yet seems prone to endlessly repeat his mistakes.
Eric embraced the family’s real estate business but has, in surprising ways, charted a more independent course than his siblings.
While Tiffany grew up mostly separate from her father, she inherited Trump’s perspective as an outsider—his unique combination of assurance and insecurity.
And there is Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, whose own family drama and personal ambition is a crucial thread in this saga.
Come for the vision of Trump as a father—a portrait of the president at his kindest and cruelest. Stay for the revelatory gossip, including the truth about the firings of Christie and Manafort, the inside scoop on Donald’s three marriages, why Ivanka and Jared are “bashert,” and how this family of real estate tycoons have become the most powerful people in the world.
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About the Author
Emily Jane Fox is a senior reporter at Vanity Fair. A former White House intern, she is also a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Inauguration 1
Chapter 2 Campaign/Transition 28
Chapter 3 Election Day 63
Chapter 4 Born/Married/Divorced/Married/Divorced/Married/Raised Trump 125
Chapter 5 Meet the Mini-Voltrons 269
Chapter 6 Ivanka-Voltron Number One: The Media Mastermind 273
Chapter 7 "Bashert" 317
Chapter 8 You Are Who You Marry 360
Chapter 9 Don Jr.-Voltron Number Two: The Attack Dog 377
Chapter 10 Eric-Voltron Number Three: The Builder 434
Chapter 11 Tiffany-The Voltron from Another Universe 476
Author's Note 517
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Read a friend's book. Glad I didn't buy it. Shallow and despicable family. The author is just as shallow. Saw her on MSNBC. She was promoting her book. The media and the author self promoting.
Fascinating and revealing. Author tries to be fair and paint an even-handed portrait but the Trumps remain deplorable.
I wasn't going to buy this book. I had enough of this family! However, I am glad that I did! This book gives you an inside look how it was to grow up with parents such as these. It wasn't 100 % glorious.
This was a good summer read. The author didn't bog down the story with a lot of politics. I agree with another reviewer about the typos. There were a lot which was distracting. There wasn't much information that hadn't been in the tabloids over the years but I would still recommend it if you are looking for a book that you could read in a week-end.
Def a puff piece, not a lot that we did not already know about the family with a few exceptions. However, I am most disappointed with the author (highly educated) who must not have read the book before it was released! So many typos and using "Ivana" instead of "Ivanka" numerous times and things like "they were out of time" when it should be "they were out of town". Very disappointed that the publisher let this slide by. Must have been a rush to release.
A good read about our first family. Very enjoyable!
The first chapters are fun and gossipy. After that, it devolves into a puff piece with transparent sourcing
Always good to learn about this wonderful family