The Donald...and How He Got That Way: "Trump and Me" by Mark Singer

Jul 13, 2016

On this edition of ST, we speak with Tulsa native and longtime New Yorker Magazine writer Mark Singer, whose latest book is called "Trump and Me." It's based in large part on a profile of the real estate mogul that Singer wrote for the magazine 20 years ago, and it's just out Tim Duggan Books / Penguin Random House. The book is thus described at the Penguin Random House website: "Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race -- in a press conference attended by paid actors, in which he slandered Mexican immigrants -- he has dominated headlines, becoming the unrestrained id at the center of one of the most bizarre and alarming elections in American history.... In 1996, longtime New Yorker writer Mark Singer was conscripted by his editor to profile Donald Trump. At that time Trump was a mere Manhattan-centric megalomaniac, a failing casino operator mired in his second divorce and (he claimed) recovering from the bankruptcy proceedings that prompted him to inventory the contents of his Trump Tower home. Conversing with Trump in his offices, apartments, cars, and private plane, Singer found himself fascinated with this man 'who had aspired to and achieved the ultimate luxury, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul'.... Singer [in this new book] revisits the profile and recounts how its publication lodged inside its subject's head as an enduring irritant -- and how Singer ("A TOTAL LOSER!" according to Trump) cheerfully continued to bait him. He reflects on Trump’s evolution from swaggering buffoon to potential threat to America's standing as a rational guardian of the world order." And further, from the UK newspaper known as The Telegraph: "'Trump and Me' offers clearer insight into the mind of the presumptive Republican nominee than any of the detailed biographies written over the years.... Singer is excellent at describing the disturbing strangeness of Trump's existence." Please note that Mr. Singer will be discussing this book tonight, Tuesday the 12th, at a Book Smart Tulsa event that begins at 7pm at Congregation B'nai Emunah (1719 South Owasso Avenue).