Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Picking up where the New York Times best-selling Front Row at the Trump Show left off, this is the explosive look at the aftermath of the election - and the events that followed Donald Trump’s leaving the White House - from ABC News' chief Washington correspondent.
Nobody is in a better position to tell the story of the shocking final chapter of the Trump show than Jonathan Karl. As the reporter who has known Donald Trump longer than any other White House correspondent, Karl told the story of Trump’s rise in the New York Times best seller Front Row at the Trump Show. Now he tells the story of Trump’s downfall, complete with riveting behind-the-scenes accounts of some of the darkest days in the history of the American presidency and packed with original reporting and on-the-record interviews with central figures in this drama who are telling their stories for the first time.
This is a definitive account of what was really going on during the final weeks and months of the Trump presidency and what it means for the future of the Republican Party, by a reporter who was there for it all. He has been taunted, praised, and vilified by Donald Trump, and now Jonathan Karl finds himself in a singular position to deliver the truth.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 32 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 16, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #688 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8 in Political Corruption & Misconduct
#10 in Political Commentary & Opinion
#18 in Politics & Government (Audible Books & Originals)
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What sets this book apart is the commitment to accuracy rather than ideological philosophy. Every moment he writes about is, at a minimum, double-sourced and triple checked. There’s no “some people have said” claims anywhere. This is what really happened, as told by the people who made it happen.
Similarly, everyone who mattered in the Trump Administration is on-the-record – starting with Donald Trump himself. All the key players are interviewed, and readers get a refreshing chance to hear their exact words rather than a reporter’s summary. Equally important, he had unprecedented access to the President, and he gives Trump every opportunity to refute his critics point-by-point.
There are five stories, told moment by moment by the people involved, that make this book so essential:
First, the events of January 20th itself – exclusive to this book. As the President was departing the White House on Air Force One, for his final trip as president, Trump told the Chairman of the Republican Party that he was quitting the GOP and forming his own party. Karl details how the GOP leaders fought back, and why Trump reversed himself a week later.
Second, and again a Betrayal exclusive, the real reason Trump announced he wouldn’t attend joe Biden’s inauguration was that he’d learned Mitch McConnell intended to uninvite him. To avoid embarrassment of being the first ex-president ever disinvited, Trump sent his very last tweet, saying he had decided not to attend. Trump vehemently denies this – but Karl lays out the facts.
Third, and in some ways most important, Betrayal explores the relationship between Trump and Mike Pence in the days leading up to January 6th. For the first time in print, you get to hear both sides of the conflict from the people themselves – the public and private pressure Trump and his Administration put on his VP not to certify the election, and how Pence really felt about the events of January 6th. Warning: some of the language here is graphic.
Fourth, Trump lays out exactly what he thought about his staff, his cabinet, his “allies” on Capital Hill – everyone. You’ll get to hear him unplugged, unfiltered and unedited – in his own words. But you’ll also learn just how many people who served the President walked (or ran) away in fear or disgust – particularly after Election Day 2020.
And fifth, you don’t have to wait for the results of the Congressional Select Committee reviewing the events of January 6th. Every frightening moment of what actually happened in and around the Capitol is covered in Betrayal – including the untold stories and heroic efforts by Capitol security to keep Members safe.
When it comes to Donald Trump, no book will satisfy everyone. But if you want to know exactly what happened behind the scenes, behind the cameras, and behind closed doors – and what people making the decisions really thought – Betrayal comes closer than any other.
For a reporter that has followed Trump for so long and has been given so much access, I really expected something new and insightful. Karl’s regular incredulity comes off as false as it can hardly be naive. I found this entire read frustrating and annoying as yet another reporter succumbs to rhetoric.
No recommendation here; one giant sigh📚
This is an easy, breezy read, but the book also oozes gravitas. The content is so ample that historians just may be referring to Betrayal 100 years from now when studying this awful mess.