Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump

Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump

by Rick Reilly

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Reilly pokes more holes in Trump's claims than there are sand traps on all of his courses combined. It is by turns amusing and alarming." — The New Yorker


"Golf is the spine of this shocking, wildly humorous book, but humanity is its flesh and spirit." — Chicago Sun-Times



"Every one of Trump's most disgusting qualities surfaces in golf." — The Ringer

An outrageous indictment of Donald Trump's appalling behavior when it comes to golf — on and off the green — and what it reveals about his character.

Donald Trump loves golf. He loves to play it, buy it, build it, and operate it. He owns 14 courses around the world and runs another five, all of which he insists are the best on the planet. He also claims he's a 3 handicap, almost never loses, and has won an astonishing 18 club championships.

How much of all that is true? Almost none of it, acclaimed sportswriter Rick Reilly reveals in this unsparing look at Trump in the world of golf.

Based on Reilly's own experiences with Trump as well as interviews with over 100 golf pros, amateurs, developers, and caddies, Commander in Cheat is a startling and at times hilarious indictment of Trump and his golf game. You'll learn how Trump cheats (sometimes with the help of his caddies and Secret Service agents), lies about his scores (the "Trump Bump"), tells whoppers about the rank of his courses and their worth (declaring that every one of them is worth $50 million), and tramples the etiquette of the game (driving on greens doesn't help). Trump doesn't brag so much, though, about the golf contractors he stiffs, the course neighbors he intimidates, or the way his golf decisions wind up infecting his political ones.

For Trump, it's always about winning. To do it, he uses the tricks he picked up from the hustlers at the public course where he learned the game as a college kid, and then polished as one of the most bombastic businessmen of our time. As Reilly writes, "Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man." Commander in Cheat "paints a side-splitting portrait of a congenital cheater" (Esquire), revealing all kinds of unsightly truths Trump has been hiding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316528085
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 4,517
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Currently a screenwriter and author, Rick Reilly for years wrote for Sports Illustrated and appeared on and wrote for ESPN. In addition to being voted the NSMA National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times, he has also been recognized with the Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. USA Today called him, "the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star."

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Big Lie 1

Chapter 2 You Ain't No Ballerina 13

Chapter 3 The Kid with the Big Shekels 24

Chapter 4 Pele 36

Chapter 5 Buy, Lie, and Cry 54

Chapter 6 The Great Muckle Gype 76

Chapter 7 Tacky Is as Tacky Does 93

Chapter 8 Your Day in Trumpland 113

Chapter 9 Mo Trump Mo Problems 132

Chapter 10 One Good Punch 148

Chapter 11 Trump v. Obama 165

Chapter 12 Professional Pest 175

Chapter 13 Ewwwww 193

Chapter 14 Who's Your Caddies? 206

Chapter 15 Little Ball, Big Ball 216

Chapter 16 The Stain 237

Acknowledgments 243

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Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would a professional writer waste time compiling this ridiculous book? Must be for the revenue. Don't waste your time or money. Two stars instead of one for the comedic value.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
terrific%21
oldwarden More than 1 year ago
If it only it were not so frightening, this book would be hilarious! Reilly digs deep into the persona of Donald Trump, revealing his true character (or lack thereof). Trump's passion is golf. I think everyone knows that. But what kind of person would diminish his life's passion by constantly cheating, bragging, and lying? The author shows explicitly that that kind of person would be Trump. The man is completely incapable of telling the truth. He lies about his score. He kicks the golf balls into a better space (or has his lackey do it for him). He lies about the championships he's won. He lies about everything. You might think that the author is another member of the "fake news" group that Trump rails on, however he documents incident after incident, as told by upstanding members of society who have golfed with him. It's a running gag among golfers everywhere how bad Trump cheats and lies. And if you can't believe anything he says about his passion, how can you think he is going to tell the truth about anything else? You would have to be completely gullible. Someday, just like our parents warned us, the lies will catch up to you. And the day of reckoning will be painful. Evidently Trump's parents didn't impress that upon him. How he has made it this far is amazing (and frustrating). When that day comes, I just hope that he doesn't take us all down with him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. Great insight into what kind of less than human Trump really is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
how+can+our+country+tolerate+this+dishonorable+cretin+
Anonymous 3 months ago
Rick feels he's superior than everyone else. like his shi$t don't stink.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It's about business and taking advantage too, where Trump buys courses when the owners are down, and the members yield their solemnly-protected dues funds. Trump has done some good too, has made Turnberry and Bedminster better. That's 2/20, otherwise his courses are expensive and poorly attended. I am recreational, both in golf and politics/news. Enjoyed it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
excellent+quick+read+even+Trump+would+enjoy.+++his+name+seems+to+be+on+every+page%0A%0A%0Aif+you+believe+IN+MAGA+hats+this+book+is+not+for+you+++Sorry++Mr+Rielly
Anonymous 11 months ago
Not being a golfer, at times Reilly got a little golf-y. I appreciated the background stories and all the quotes from people who know trump. If you didn’t like him before, you will really loathe him after reading this book!
Anonymous 11 months ago
I thought it was a good read. Entertaining and some interesting stories. People who are all about Trump won’t like it. I thought it did a pretty good job of showing he could have somewhat of a human side as well.
Emet-Joseph More than 1 year ago
Thought it would be funny, but alas, simply another Trump hit-piece. Don’t waste your money.
Writingdog85 More than 1 year ago
To Guy Complicated- Rick Reilly has Told It Like It Is, and you and the sixty-seven million Trumper's FAIL miserably to to accept the FACT (Real News) about your Boy in the Oval Office.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When did the bar get so low?
Anonymous 5 months ago
The writer is obviously a liberal. Trump rocks, Vote Trump 2020! This book totally SUCKS, avoid it at all costs
ComplicatedGuy More than 1 year ago
Such a succinct and thoughtful response from the conservative right I see. Yes I’m talking about you spouting “Libtard”.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical "Hogwash". This book attempts to make light of Trumps Presidency by spewing the typical distorted rhetoric about the time he spends Golfing. All the while Trump continues to lead the USA and its people back to where it should be; the top. Record unemployment for African Americans, Hispanics and Women. Yes it's true. Look it up for your self. Highest GDP numbers in the past 40 years. record stock market gains, Best job creation in 50-60 years. It goes on and on. All these accomplishments while he actually takes time of to golf at times. 2 years and all of this. 6 more years of President Trump and America will be Greater than ever before!!!