My new book is called Capote's Women. It's the story of Truman's failed attempt to write his novel Answered Prayersand the rich, elegant women who were to have been the main subjects. Truman thought he had the makings of a masterpiece. I want to explore what went wrong and what these women he called his "swans" were like. Their starcrossed lives are fascinating. The women I'm writing about include Marella Agnelli, Lee Radziwill, C.Z. Guest, Babe Paley, Pamela Harriman, Gloria Guinness, Gloria Vanderbilt, Slim Keith and Joanne Carson. Each one has an extraordinary story to tell and Truman intended to tell them all in a ground breaking novel.
“Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace is a Palm Beacher’s sophisticated take on Trump in paradise… Leamer is an independent sort who refuses to become part of Trump’s world and needn’t make excuses.” - New York Daily News
“Shines a light on the craven culture he [Trump] exploited, where the media, the business community and the local government all went giddy and stupid at the thought of fame” - Washington Post
“Back in the mid-90s, Trump was a nearly bankrupt grifter who fell in love – with a beachfront resort. In order to save Mar-a-Lago, he took on Palm Beach, went to war with the National Enquirer, and race-baited. It was the fight of his life, according to the author of Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace, and it may have informed everything that came after.” - Vanity Fair
Where Trump Learned To Rule
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-- was published January 29 by Flatiron. The book was excerpted for eight pages in Vanity Fair and I was all over televsion promoting it.
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.
Rose, my play about Rose Kennedy, played off Broadway and in Chicago, Boca and other venues. The actress who played Rose in New York, Kathleen Chalfant, was nominated for all the top awards. The actress who played her in Chicago, Linda Reiter, won those awards in the Second City.
If you want to contact me, I'd love to talk to you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll get back to you.