GHOSTWRITING: Schwartz TELLS IT ALL, ABOUT TRUMP, AN ILLITERATE IDIOT

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Today (July 18, for its issue dated July 25), the New Yorker published a full length piece by Tony Schwartz, who conceived and ghostwrote the entirety of Trump’s 1987 best-selling book TRUMP: The Art of the Deal.

This is an important piece of writing, released at just the right time. There are many things about Donald Trump that Tony Schwartz has long wanted to tell the world, 29 years later. They can be summarized by a moment in this piece where Schwartz replies to a question. Asked what he would title the book if he wrote it today, he answers: “The Sociopath.”

Some excerpts:

“Trump has been written about a thousand ways from Sunday, but this fundamental aspect of who he is doesn’t seem to be fully understood,” Schwartz told me. “It’s implicit in a lot of what people write, but it’s never explicit—or, at least, I haven’t seen it. And that is that it’s impossible to keep him focussed on any topic, other than his own self-aggrandizement, for more than a few minutes, and even then . . . ” Schwartz trailed off, shaking his head in amazement. He regards Trump’s inability to concentrate as alarming in a Presidential candidate. “If he had to be briefed on a crisis in the Situation Room, it’s impossible to imagine him paying attention over a long period of time,” he said.

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After hearing Trump’s discussions about business on the phone, Schwartz asked him brief follow-up questions. He then tried to amplify the material he got from Trump by calling others involved in the deals. But their accounts often directly conflicted with Trump’s. “Lying is second nature to him,” Schwartz said. “More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.” (cont’d)

Schwartz says of Trump, “He lied strategically. He had a complete lack of conscience about it.” Since most people are “constrained by the truth,” Trump’s indifference to it “gave him a strange advantage.”

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The other key myth perpetuated by “The Art of the Deal” was that Trump’s intuitions about business were almost flawless. “The book helped fuel the notion that he couldn’t fail,” Barrett said. But, unbeknown to Schwartz and the public, by late 1987, when the book came out, Trump was heading toward what Barrett calls “simultaneous personal and professional self-destruction.” O’Brien agrees that during the next several years Trump’s life unravelled. The divorce from Ivana reportedly cost him twenty-five million dollars. Meanwhile, he was in the midst of what O’Brien calls “a crazy shopping spree that resulted in unmanageable debt.” He was buying the Plaza Hotel and also planning to erect “the tallest building in the world,” on the former rail yards that he had bought on the West Side. (…….) “He was on a total run of complete and utter self-absorption,” Barrett says, adding, “It’s kind of like now.”

There’s so much more in here. It is sobering, it is chilling, and it’s well worth reading in full.

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