American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Audiobook, by Andrea Bernstein Play Audiobook Sample

American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Audiobook

American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Audiobook, by Andrea Bernstein Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Andrea Bernstein Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781984828064

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64:27 minutes

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09 seconds

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28:22 minutes

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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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"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. (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “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 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


  • New York Times bestseller

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About Andrea Bernstein

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.