Saturday, January 20, 2018

Book Review: 'The Making of the President 2016' by Roger Stone

The most apt subtitle ever –how Donald Trump orchestrated a revolution

Roger Stone was on the inside from the beginning. He has been an integral part of Trump's operation for four decades. He has written a great deal about politics, among them Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family: The Inside Story of an American Dynasty and The Clintons' War on Women. He knows the players, he knows what happened, and he knows where the bodies are buried.

Politics draws some unattractive characters and Roger Stone does a great job of describing them with exquisite detail. Trump is famous for giving memorable sobriquets to his opponents – crooked Hillary, Lying Ted, and so on. Stone relishes telling how those came to be and how appropriate they are.

For historical perspective I recommend 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her by Brian McClanahan. Corruption in American politics has a long and sordid history. All one can say is that this era is certainly just as dirty as any preceding.

I have never seen a more well structured summary of a great historical event.

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Graham H. Seibert. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.