It's Even Worse Than You Think
The Trump administration is remaking the government. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America tells readers exactly how it is making America worse again.Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more.No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here is just some of what you will learn:The Wall. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall—if it ever gets built.Climate Change. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don’t leak prematurely.Stocking the Swamp. Contrary to his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families.The Kleptocracy. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is passé. When Trump isn’t in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest—but not the reality.

It's Even Worse Than You Think Details

TitleIt's Even Worse Than You Think
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 16th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
ISBN-139781501174179
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GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History

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  • Jessaka
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, first off I haven't read all of this, just like I have yet to finish Fire and Fury and The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. At least I finished On Tyranny. I get half way through most non-fiction political books, and maybe most non-fiction before I become bored. But this is more than boredom.This book is actually more important than the others that I have read halfway through. It is the book we should be reading as one reviewer had said, and I had thought the same. But now that I am old, I Okay, first off I haven't read all of this, just like I have yet to finish Fire and Fury and The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. At least I finished On Tyranny. I get half way through most non-fiction political books, and maybe most non-fiction before I become bored. But this is more than boredom.This book is actually more important than the others that I have read halfway through. It is the book we should be reading as one reviewer had said, and I had thought the same. But now that I am old, I have no energy left, especially after a year of this. I am saturated, my shock has turned to battle fatigue of the mind. I seldom watch news except to say to my husband, Anything new? Colbert and Kimmel are not funny anymore, even Saturday Night Live. I get more comfort in reading a bloody Civil War novel or maybe reading how it was for children in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Even Nancy Drew.I even have thought like some of my older friends have, as one had said, "At least I am 94 now, and I won't live to see this." Well, I could have another 20 years." I even think, if I knew a bomb was coming I might go out and look.My emotions are almost flat when it comes to Trump, but that may not last, and I will pick up one of these books from time to time and see if I can finish them, but I can tell you, as fun as Fire and Fury was, this book is quite the opposite, and it is the book to read. Maybe it doesn't matter if Trump repeatable himself, but maybe it just does.P.S. If anyone knows of some good fun books about kids growing up in the olden days, please let me know.
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  • Peter Mcloughlin
    January 1, 1970
    The author strikes me as a worried good government centrist appalled at Donald Trump who is a corrupt incompetent narcissist racist sleaze who now occupies the White House. This is, of course, pretty damning stuff but unprecedented only in the magnitude of the disease. I suppose it might convince a few suburban moderate Republicans that Trump is a problem. The stuff presented in the book is well known and I think centrists who are against Trump are appreciated for having a little more discernmen The author strikes me as a worried good government centrist appalled at Donald Trump who is a corrupt incompetent narcissist racist sleaze who now occupies the White House. This is, of course, pretty damning stuff but unprecedented only in the magnitude of the disease. I suppose it might convince a few suburban moderate Republicans that Trump is a problem. The stuff presented in the book is well known and I think centrists who are against Trump are appreciated for having a little more discernment than the MAGA CHUDS. I think, however, a better book could be written by someone further to the left who understands the authoritarian right. Trump is the logical conclusion of the Republican southern strategy. He is the culmination of the Reagan revolution. He fits squarely at Republican ideology is racist, anti-democratic, authoritarian, plutocratic, sexist. He is the fulfillment, the very apogee of their worldview. He is Republican redux. The author treats Trump as some corrupt oligarch from outer space. Half the country has been marinating in Trumpism for forty years. To merely focus on his current misdeeds is the miss the forest for the trees.
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  • Melki
    January 1, 1970
    This seems to be the book we should be reading instead of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
  • Barry
    January 1, 1970
    Just when you thought you couldn't feel any worse about the direction the United States is taking, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston delivers a hard and deeply reported dose of reality. Looking beyond the daily sideshow of presidential tweets and racist dog whistles, Johnston takes us into the agencies where Donald Trump's army of "termites" is hollowing out the federal government, and quietly instituting policies that will make the vast majority of Americans poorer, sicker an Just when you thought you couldn't feel any worse about the direction the United States is taking, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston delivers a hard and deeply reported dose of reality. Looking beyond the daily sideshow of presidential tweets and racist dog whistles, Johnston takes us into the agencies where Donald Trump's army of "termites" is hollowing out the federal government, and quietly instituting policies that will make the vast majority of Americans poorer, sicker and less well educated, and leave the nation less influential and competitive internationally.Johnston lays bare the false promises Trump made in his campaign, and continues to make, while his administration systematically enriches billionaires -- including members of his cabinet -- and huge corporations and billionaires at the expense of Americans' health, careers, education and financial security.In public policy, details matter, and from the EPA to the VA, Johnston provides details of intentional mismanagement, blatant self-dealing, direct corporate welfare, and willful ignorance that will, and should, infuriate anyone who doesn't keep their assets in an overseas tax haven, or their children in an exclusive private school. If you ever found Donald Trump's volatility and outspokenness even a little bit refreshing or amusing, if you thought he might be just the uninhibited outsider to drain the swamp of Washington politics, reading "It's Even Worse Than You Think" will make you realize how destructive and terrifying this presidency really is.
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  • Lis Carey
    January 1, 1970
    David Cay Johnston is a working journalist who has covered Donald Trump for decades, and has written two previous books about him. In this book, he looks not at Trump's personal life and all the possible, ah, colorful details, which at this writing are much in the news, but strictly at his actions as President, and his business dealings that explain and illuminate those actions.This is very much a fact-based book, examining what Trump has actually done, and the practical effects, as well as the David Cay Johnston is a working journalist who has covered Donald Trump for decades, and has written two previous books about him. In this book, he looks not at Trump's personal life and all the possible, ah, colorful details, which at this writing are much in the news, but strictly at his actions as President, and his business dealings that explain and illuminate those actions.This is very much a fact-based book, examining what Trump has actually done, and the practical effects, as well as the direct contrast between Trump's specific and oft-repeated campaign promises to help, for instance, students struggling under student loans or workers who aren't finding jobs because companies have moved those jobs overseas, or to help small businesses, and what his policies really are. Trump has appointed Betsy DeVos to head the Dept. of Education. She has no real education experience, but is deeply involved in for-profit education companies. Under Trump and DeVos, President Obama's progress toward protecting students from predatory loan practices by for-profit schools are being reversed, not improved. This is just one easily summarized example. To fully understand this example and others, Johnston's careful detailing of the actions, their background, and their effects are necessary.He lays out Trump's many conflicts of interest, and the extent to which Trump's approach to the Presidency is truly different not just from our most respected Presidents, but even from the ones we've considered incompetent or corrupt. We see how tangled, contradictory, and profoundly unhelpful his immigration actions and policies are to the American workers he has promised he will help with those immigration policies are. Again, another example, one better understood with Johnston's detail and context than in a short review.This is an important book. It is fact-based, not ideology-driven. You will learn by reading or listening to it.Highly recommended.I bought this audiobook.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very well written catalog of the damage that the current administration is doing to our country. I consider myself reasonable well informed; I read the Washington Post and New York Times daily, as well as following links from Twitter posts to the Atlantic, the New Yorker and other on-line news aggregators. Even after all that reading Johnston has uncovered things that I didn't know about before reading this book. It's well worth the time I spent on it, and I'll be reading more of Johns This is a very well written catalog of the damage that the current administration is doing to our country. I consider myself reasonable well informed; I read the Washington Post and New York Times daily, as well as following links from Twitter posts to the Atlantic, the New Yorker and other on-line news aggregators. Even after all that reading Johnston has uncovered things that I didn't know about before reading this book. It's well worth the time I spent on it, and I'll be reading more of Johnston's work.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    I almost returned this book to the library without reading it once I realized the author also wrote "The Making of Donald Trump," which was a short book that turned into a long haul of a read due to the author's unwillingness to stay out of the narrative, inability to appear unbiased (I get it, Trump threatened to sue him), and the oddness of the book's structure and narrative. I decided to give this book a chance because it looked meatier than the other David Cay Johnston book I had read and th I almost returned this book to the library without reading it once I realized the author also wrote "The Making of Donald Trump," which was a short book that turned into a long haul of a read due to the author's unwillingness to stay out of the narrative, inability to appear unbiased (I get it, Trump threatened to sue him), and the oddness of the book's structure and narrative. I decided to give this book a chance because it looked meatier than the other David Cay Johnston book I had read and there were almost 30 pages of "Notes" or citations of sources. I'm glad that I did. The author thoroughly covered most of the highlights (or lowlights. depending on your views) of Donald Trump's first year in the White House. David Cay Johnston methodically broke down Trump's campaign promises to reveal how he did or did not live up to the words he used to garner the votes of the "Forgotten Americans." I appreciated his efforts to make complex topics (e.g., economics, trade, diplomacy) easily accessible to the average person without advanced studies in these areas of government administration. I was surprised by the writing itself though. I expected better sentence structure and copy/line edits in a book written by a Pulitzer Prize winner and published by such a reputable publisher as Simon & Schuster. Spell check only catches words that are misspelled - not when you correctly spell "murders" but meant to write "murderers," which happened two or three times that I can easily recall. There were extra words in sentences that made them awkward to read or downright incomprehensible. The author's insistence on injecting himself into the narrative (although not nearly as often as in "The Making of Donald Trump") was jarring from the narrative and didn't help the author's credibility.
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  • Steve Hager
    January 1, 1970
    If you want fair and balanced, look elsewhere.The two most entertaining criticisms of Mr. Trump were 1) he can’t tell the difference between a Sunni and Shiite and 2) he is a “capitalist”.At least the content of the book wasn’t gossip but policy-oriented. I must have overlooked the chapter discussing the significant increase in value of the U.S. stock market.
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  • Jane Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    Trump Story This is a good book that shows a citizen must pay attention. It tells what he is doing to the EPA, worker safety regulations, education and our foreign relations. I did not realize before that our system was helpless before such s man. I can't stand it.
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