American Oligarchs, The Kushners, The Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. This book is a multi generational saga of two families, who rose from immigrant roots to the pinnacle of the wealth and power, that tracks the unraveling of our democracy.
Story Of The Trumps And Kushners
In American Oligarchs, award-winning investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein tells the story of the Trump and Kushner families like never before. Their journey to the White House is a story of survival and loss, crime and betrayal, that stretches from the Klondike Gold Rush, through Nazi-Occupied Poland and across the American Century, to our new gilded age. In building and maintaining their dynastic wealth, these families came to embody the rising nationalism and inequality that has pushed the United States to the brink of oligarchy.
Andrea Bernstein’s Reporting
Building on her landmark reporting for the acclaimed podcast Trump, Inc. and The New Yorker, Bernstein’s painstaking detective work brings to light new information about the families’ arrival as immigrants to America, their paths to success, and the business and personal lives of the president and his closest family members.
Bernstein traces how the two families ruthlessly harnessed New York and New Jersey machine politics to gain valuable tax breaks and grew rich on federal programs that bolstered the middle class. She shows how the Trump Organization, denied credit by American Banks, turned to shady international capital. She reveals astonishing new details about Charles Kushner’s attempts to ensnare his brother-in-law with a prostitute and explores how Jared Kushner and his father used a venerable New York newspaper to bolster their business empire.
Trump Remains A Focal Point Of Conflict
With Impeachment inching ahead and Donald Trump remains a focal point of conflict. As for Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, he is more unpopular than his wife, Ivanka, her father or her gun-toting brother, Don Jr. Ivanka and Don Jr. are rated among the top Republicans for 2024.
Charlie Kushner’s son will be calling the shots in the Trump Re-election effort. For the elder Kushner it must be a highly satisfying moment. Little more than a decade ago, he was doing time in federal prison for “one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes,” a U.S. Attorney named Chris Christie had ever prosecuted.
Rebellion Against Monarchy
The U.S. was born as a rebellion against monarchy and developed a vibrant mythology of rugged individuals and self-made success. Yes voters have often handed power to leaders famous for their lineage and family wealth from the Adamses and Kennedys to the Rockefellers, Delays and Bushes.
So much has been written about (and tweeted by) Trump since he’d taken office that his administration’s flippant approach to ethical norms is by now widely known. By building American Oligarchs around the Kushner and Trump family narratives, Bernstein offers readers a fresh perspective on how that attitude evolved-and the implications for American Democracy. The Trumps and Kushners may have taken advantage of the system, but it was American Society and its political leaders who failed to defend it.
A wide-ranging expose’ of “the crashing of norms and laws and the mixing of family and business that is the Trump Administration.”
Bernstein has been digging into the Trump and Kushner family business for years, never hesitates to label Donald Trump a liar, a perjurer, and a felon who has escaped imprisonment for his numerous business crimes.
Andrea Bernstein documents how much of her scathing critique of the current president also appeals to Trump’s father, his two adult sons, and his daughter, Ivanka, who linked the Trump’s to the Kushner clan through her 2009 marriage to Jared Kushner. Jared was morphed from a mostly upright, non-political New Jersey real estate developer into a right-wing tyrant and congenital liar.
Bernstein sticks to the facts and avoids partisan politics. After all for most of their lives, members of the Trump and Kushner clans identified more as Democrats than Republicans, though they gave campaign contributions to politicians of all ideologies while trying to buy influence that would benefit their real estate empires.
The author, who conducted hundreds of interviews and read more than 100,000 documents to create the damming portrait of two clearly unscrupulous families, credits investigative journalists before her, especially Wayne Barrett, whose 1992 Trump biography exposed his decades of nefarious business and personal dealings. A painstaking documentation of a relentless culture of corruption.
Andrea Bernstein drawing on more than two hundred interviews and more than 100,000 pages of documents, many previously unseen or long forgotten, the author shows how the Trumps and Kushners repeatedly broke rules and then leveraged secrecy, intimidation, and prosecutorial and judicial power to avoid legal consequences.
The result is a compelling narrative that details how the Trump and Kushner dynasties encourage and profited from a system of corruption, dark money, and influence trading, and that reveals the historical turning points and decisions on taxation, regulation, white-collar crime, and campaign finance laws-that have brought us to where we are today.
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