Born Trump - Emily Jane Fox

Born Trump

By Emily Jane Fox

  • Release Date: 2018-06-19
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 3.5
From 40 Ratings

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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.


  • One of the better books about these dark days

    By SoCal PS
    I’ve read six books of various aspects of the Trump campaign as well as his presidency. This book stitched together and brought a fresh perspective to me regarding a nagging question. Why are these people doing this what’s their motivation? I’ve read in depth analysis regarding daily absurdities of the Trump family. Even though I met Mr. Trump and spoke with him for about a half hour in 2001, by the way he was with Jerry Brown. (I shared a detailed anecdote about meeting the governor of California twice ten years in the past. Trump said ‘See Jerry you better watch it because people remember you forever. You’re famous and you don’t remember them because you meet people every single day. They remember all the details of the situation, the time of day, the room and all that let alone what words you said!”) So, I had no perspective of the day to day motivation and actions of this family until I read “Born Trump”this has helped me to understand the origins of this oddly unabashed family unit. Thank you for your intricate and very informative book Ms. Fox!
  • Born Trump

    By Tobysdad
    Poorly written. Many spelling and grammar errors. Someone should have edited this rag. It reads like a tabloid. Waste of my time!
  • Growing up Trump?!

    By Rysmom2004
    The title of the book should’ve been Ivanka and the terrible man she is married too. The other kids plop in here and there but all in all it’s a book about Ivanka and her man!
  • Insight into Trump children

    By Gailisbackhome
    I liked getting some insight into the Trump children given that I knew little about them other than that they were raised in a world of privilege. I was surprised to learn about their strong work ethic and the more positive aspects of their personalities. My only criticism is that the book ended rather abruptly without really tying everything together.
  • Born trump

    By tara_omg
    I love this book. Very interesting read.
  • Don’t waste your money

    By britlover12345
    I wanted to review this book right away so people would not spend money on it! Besides the first chapter, all the stories she writes are stolen from other books / stories / articles about Trumps So hardly any story is new something you can’t read elsewhere. There are so many errors throughout the book, she uses Ivana when she means to say Ivanka making the read confusing for no reason also lots of little grammatical and spelling errors which is just sloppy and stupid. Also, the author herself repeats several of the same stories over and over again as I was reading I said to myself so many times “ugh she already told this story and these EXACT details why am I re-reading this!” Overall not a good book and I would fire your editors and anyone else that told you this book was completed and great you should release it. Refund please!