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The Divider

By: Peter Baker, Susan Glasser
Narrated by: Michael Quinlan
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Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"The most comprehensive and detailed account of the Trump presidency yet published."—The Washington Post

A Best Book of the Year: The New Yorker and Financial Times

"The book everyone is talking about."—Politico

The inside story of the four years when Donald Trump went to war with Washington, from the chaotic beginning to the violent finale, told by revered journalists Peter Baker of
The New York Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker—an ambitious and lasting history of the full Trump presidency that also contains dozens of exclusive scoops and stories from behind the scenes in the White House, from the absurd to the deadly serious.

"A sumptuous feast of astonishing tales...The more one reads, the more one wishes to read."—NPR.com
"A beautifully written, utterly dispiriting history of the man who attacked democracy." —The Guardian

The bestselling authors of The Man Who Ran Washington argue that Trump was not just lurching from one controversy to another; he was learning to be more like the foreign autocrats he admired.

The Divider brings us into the Oval Office for countless scenes both tense and comical, revealing how close we got to nuclear war with North Korea, which cabinet members had a resignation pact, whether Trump asked Japan’s prime minister to nominate him for a Nobel Prize and much more. The book also explores the moral choices confronting those around Trump—how they justified working for a man they considered unfit for office, and where they drew their lines.

The Divider is based on unprecedented access to key players, from President Trump himself to cabinet officers, military generals, close advisers, Trump family members, congressional leaders, foreign officials and others, some of whom have never told their story until now.

©2022 Peter Baker, Susan Glasser (P)2022 Random House Audio

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"Well-paced and engagingly written...the most comprehensive and detailed account of the Trump presidency yet published."The Washington Post

"[A] detail-rich history of the Trump administration...Comprehensively researched and briskly told...Squeezing the tumultuous events of the long national fever dream that was the Donald Trump presidency between two covers...would tax the skills of the nimblest journalist. Yet the husband-and-wife team of Baker and Glasser pull it off with assurance."—The New York Times Book Review

"As a sumptuous feast of astonishing tales, it may hold wonderments indeed for those first contemplating the enormity of the Trump phenomenon...But even a reader steeped in years of Trump coverage and well-versed in the precedent literature may be surprised at how compelling this narrative proves to be. The more one reads, the more one wishes to read."NPR.com

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outstanding

I have read quite a few books on Trump and this is by far the best. Gripping, infuriating account of his four years of borderline insanity.

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Unbelievable!!!

Completely riveting inside view of the chaos of the Trump presidency. Simply first rate read. Couldn't put it down.

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A MUST READ! RIP USA

This book does confirm what the world knows. Americans are not what they think. Trump can lie, sexually assault, racist and narcissistic. He thinks it great and unbelievably so you stand there and let him.

This book finally outs the people who tried to stop him or at least try to contain him.

America has fallen a long way and Trump and GOP are the cause. What happened to “Stand up for what’s right”?

Look what we did to our “Trump” The blonde idiot, Boris. We stood up finally and made sure he is not returning.

You should read this book then do something.

This is embarrassing for The great USA.



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Historically important

When future generations want to know what the lunatic President Trump was like this will be one of the resource materials to study. Gobsmackingly brilliant.

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Enlightening and shocking

Very informative and frightening how close the US and the world came to the brink with a vindictive, childish, narcassist in a position of great power. Hopefully the future finds Trump in jail.

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Gripping first take of History

The late editor of the Washington Post Ben Bradley used to say 'journalism is the first take of history' and this audiobook falls into that category. Written by husband and wife team Peter Baker and Susan Glasser,who also wrote a wonderful book on James A. Baker III, this is the first work which covers the entirety of the Trump Presidency rather than the 2020 election or specific aspects i.e russian connections.

I will admit to being unsure when purchasing this audiobook if I could endure a recounting of such a recently ended presidency and one which may yet have a sequel. But I really enjoyed the authors book on James Baker so I decided to try and was amazed by the sheer amount I had forgotten had occured, and was stunned by the level of chaos behind the scenes. This is not a screed which ignores the things Trump accomplished such as remaking the judiciary and supreme court along with tax cuts. But it is the almost cartoonish level of backbiting and scheming alongside Trump and his seemingly constant eruptions of anger at his staff which dominates this audiobook.

The narration is very well done and does not resort to cliche of Trump impressions, it is a serious work and has clearly benifited from access to many of the main members of the Trump administration including interviews with the former president himself, As a chronicle of one of the most unique and eventful presidential administrations ever this is a very good way to start.

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More journalism than history.

A good book, with a lot of detail and presented in a readily digestible way. Lacking perhaps in deeper commentary and discussion on the modus operandi of the regime and the character of trump. Not so much a history as a very long newspaper article. I thoroughly enjoyed it in spite of this fact.

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Riveting

Once I started this book, couldn’t put it down.
The writing and the narration so good, it’s hard to not binge 👏🏻

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Terrifying compendium

Although much of the startling reportage has appeared previously in various forms, this is a horrifying reminder of what that country endured, and may again

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Great so far

Only two chapters in but alarmed by their continual assertion that Trump was and is a billionaire. Surely by time of press they were aware of his highly inflated wealth. I would expect better from the tr wp best placed writers.

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