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New Yorker, Donald Trumps Ghostwriter Tells All

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When Donald Trump announced his candidacy last year, one of the qualifications he listed was his best-selling book, “The Art of the Deal.” Part memoir, part business-advice book, it presents Trump as the savviest of negotiators. But there’s a problem: Trump didn’t actually write the book—at least not according toTony Schwartz, the co-author and ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal.” Schwartz spent more than a year with Trump back in 1986. He hasn’t ever talked publicly about the experience of working with him—until now:

By Jane Mayer

Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz’s sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up with the day’s big news: Donald J. Trump had declared his candidacy for President. As Schwartz watched a video of the speech, he began to feel personally implicated.

Trump, facing a crowd that had gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue, laid out his qualifications, saying, “We need a leader that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ” If that was so, Schwartz thought, then he, not Trump, should be running. Schwartz dashed off a tweet: “Many thanks Donald Trump for suggesting I run for President, based on the fact that I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ”

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  1. ““The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth — and regrets it.”

    Now, I’m certainly no fan of Trump (or any of the other hand-selected Kabuki puppets presented to us as “candidates”), but I can’t help but detect a bit of hypocrisy here, regarding his “regret” in creating this “myth”. After all, Schwartz’ tribal brethren are World-renowned for their unparalleled abilities at creating myths and tall-tales. Throughout the ages they have been widely regarded as masters of the craft. Shouldn’t he be proud?

    Tony, if you have such feelings of regret for writing the book, and it’s so “rife with falsehoods”, as you state, then perhaps you should NOT have written it… It was YOU that conjured up, and then put, those “falsehoods” to paper, was it not?

    Sociopaths, calling sociopaths, sociopaths. And, to think — it’s just going to get worse in the coming months. Swell.

    • My thoughts as well rev jon. The New Yorker, it doesn’t get much more kosher than that. The ghost writer has probably also been advised that his ghost writing days are over unless he starts squawking about Trump. Although I don’t get a vote in this matter, being Canadian, the results of this race are of immense importance to us. Our government may as well be in Washington and Tel Aviv. There is zero way for the public at large to get a clear picture of the charactor of these candidates, so the next best thing for me to ponder is who are their enemies?

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