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Author: Andrea Bernstein Narrator: Andrea Bernstein Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781984828064

Publisher Description

A multigenerational saga of two families who rose from immigrant roots to the pinnacle of U.S. power that tracks the unraveling of American democracy.

In American Oligarchs, award-winning investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein creates a vivid portrait of two emblematic American families. Their journey to the White House is a story of survival and loss, crime and betrayal, which stretches from the Gilded Age through Nazi-occupied Poland to the rising nationalism and inequality of the twenty-first century.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews and over 100,000 pages of documents, many previously unseen or long forgotten, Bernstein traces how the families grew rich on federal programs that bolstered the middle class, and then sheltered their wealth from tax collectors. Wielding half-truths, secrecy, and media manipulation, they blurred the lines between public and private interests, then leveraged political, prosecutorial, and judicial power to avoid legal consequences. At once intimate and sweeping, American Oligarchs reveals how these dynasties encouraged and profited from a system of political dark money that has pushed America to the precipice of oligarchy.

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  • “A meticulous deep dive into all things Trump and Kushner. A veteran investigative reporter with WNYC radio, NPR’s New York affiliate, Bernstein brings a keen eye for financial flimflam and the tectonics that buffet American politics.”

    - The Guardian (London)
  • A sweeping story of two American families, which shows that both the Trumps and the Kushners made their fortunes—often with government money. How did these ‘self-made men’ really get made? With donations, favors, intimidation and other people’s money. Nobody really beats city hall. The winners buy it, as Bernstein shows.—David Fahrenthold, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist at the Washington Post

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  • Riveting! Andrea Bernstein deftly tracks the history of the Trump and Kushner families from their roots through their immigration to the United States and their progression up through the socioeconomic ranks. American Oligarchs is comprehensive, brilliantly written, filled with detail and suspense—it reads like a financial thriller. —A. M. Homes, prize-winning author of Days of Awe and This Book Will Save Your Life

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  • Andrea Bernstein masterfully chronicles the sordid narrative that is the American reality. What elevates her book isn't just her gobsmacking tale of these two families; it's that she illuminates the contours of the system that brought us their corrupt reign.—Franklin Foer, staff writer at the Atlantic and author of World Without Mind

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  • Bernstein…offers a precise and damning dissection of the systems of power that have gotten us where we are now…[American Oligarchs] is a work of great reporting. —Tayla Zax, Forward

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  • A rich and highly readable compendium…Bernstein is an intrepid reporter.—William Cohan, New York Times Book Review

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  • By building American Oligarchs around the Kushner and Trump family narratives, Bernstein offers readers a fresh perspective.... Readers who follow the news more casually will also find the epic family tales a compelling way to understand the myriad deals and ambitions that define the Kushners and Trumps. —David Kocieniewski, Bloomberg.com

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  • A meticulous deep dive.—Lloyd Green, Guardian

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  • Anyone concerned about American democracy should read Andrea Bernstein’s devastating exposé of the Trump and Kushner families. With meticulous precision, she documents the pernicious effects of dynastic wealth and power, now threatening to turn the highest rungs of the US government into a corrupt oligarchy.—Jane Mayer, The New Yorker staff writer and New York Times best-selling author of Dark Money

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  • “A fine-grained dual biography chronicling the parallel trajectories of the Kushner and Trump families and the concurrent social and political trends that made their rise to power possible.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A wide-ranging exposé…Bernstein provides useful added detail regarding the Kushners’ many misdeeds. She also sticks to the facts and avoids partisan politics…The author, who conducted hundreds of interviews and read more than 100,000 documents to create this damning portrait of two clearly unscrupulous families, credits investigative journalists before her…A painstaking documentation of a relentless culture of corruption.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

Awards

  • New York Times bestseller

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Grate read it shows both family’s how they made there money, once you are rich, political influence plays a large part in your life,therefore no one can touch you. "

    - Steve M., 1/28/2020

About the Author

Andrea Bernstein is the Peabody Award-winning cohost of the acclaimed WNYC/ProPublica podcast Trump, Inc., which won the prestigious 2019 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. In addition to broadcast appearances on outlets including PBS NewsHour, CNN, and Fresh Air, her work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, New York, and on NPR.