To know Donald J. Trump - to understand what makes the 45th President of the United States tick - it is best to start in his natural habitat: Palm Beach, Florida. It is here he learned the techniques that took him all the way to the White House. Painstakingly, over decades, he has created a world in this exclusive tropical enclave and favorite haunt of billionaires where he is not just President but a King. The vehicle for his triumph is Mar-A-Lago, one of the great mansions ever built in the United States. The inside story of how he became King of Palm Beach - and how Palm Beach continues to be his spiritual home even as President - is rollicking, troubling and told with unrivaled access and understanding by Laurence Leamer.
Never before has an American President overseen a club where access to him can be bought. In Mar-A-Lago, the reader will learn:
*How Donald Trump bought a property now valued by some as much as $500,000,000 for less than three thousand dollars of his own money
*Why Trump was blackballed by the WASP grandees of the island and how he got his revenge
*How Trump joined forces with the National Enquirer, headquartered nearby, and engineered his own divorce
*How by turning Mar-A-Lago into a private club, Trump was the unlikely man to integrate Palm Beach's restricted country club scene, and what his real motives were
*What transpires behind the gates of today's Mar-A-Lago during "the season," when President Trump and assorted D.C. power players fly down each weekend
In addition to copious interviews and reporting from inside Mar-A-Lago, Laurence Leamer brings an acute and unparalleled understanding of the society of Palm Beach, where he has lived for twenty-five years. He has written an essential book for understanding Donald Trump's inner character, in the place where he can most be himself.
Sorry, friends, that I do such a lousy job of keeping up my website. I'm going to forget trying to make it look professional and do it more as a blog.
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My new book--Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace-- will be published January 29 by Flatiron, the folks who published Comey's memoir. Lots is happening. I'll list events as soon as they're set up.
The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle to Bring Down the Klan was a finalist for the Edgar Award as the best nonfiction true crime book of 2016.
Three of my books are in development in Hollywood--The Kennedy Women, The Price of Justice, and The Lynching.
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