Book: American Oligarchs

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 Oligarchy Riggingdemocracy.

Story Of The Trumps And Kushners

Trumps and Kushner
POTUS. Don Jr. and Jared Kushner

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.

Andrea Bernstein
Andrea Bernstein

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 and Jared Kushner
Charlie and Jared Kushner

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.

Kirkus Review

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.

Kushners and Trump
Jared, Ivanka and POTUS

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.

In Conclusion

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.

American Oligarchs
American Oligarchs

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18 thoughts on “Book: American Oligarchs”

  1. I’d like to say that I’m surprised by Trumps corruption and dark money, but I can’t say that I am really surprised. 

    Andrea Burnstein has certainly gone to extensive lengths to figure all of this out. Is there any reason as to why she has done this do you know? I’d certainly like to know more about her!

    1. Thank you Mike for your comment, Bernstein is an award winning journalist and has a podcast on Trump Inc., She is interested in covering the business information of the Trump Administration and how it came to be since he announced he was running for president in 2015.

  2. Sounds like a fascinating book. I find it so interesting when powerful families “merge” like that. I remember attending a wedding one time that felt more like a merger than a marriage. Lots of talk about “two families making each other even better” and weird stuff like that. Wondered if it had been arranged. 

    I digress! The book sounds great and I will be sure to check it out! Thanks! 


    1. Thank you Katie for your comment, I am not sure if it was a financial merge at the beginning, but today we have to say that they are building a monarchy in The United States and it just happens to be in the White House. Thanks again, great informative book, and a must have to understand the Trump-Kushner connection, and how it relates to politics not only today, but in the future.

  3. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article on the American oligarchs. The present conflicts in the white house has a lot to do with the discrepancy of the trump administration how this has taking a toll on this who supported him for a genuine reason. 

    1. Thank you Benny for your comment, I agree with you, this has been a very scary and turbulent three years and it will be 100 times worse if he is re-elected and does not have to answer to the voters again, he will not stop with the criminal acts and behaviors that, especially a president shouldn’t be involved with. To many coincidences to ignore, we have to start paying attention to what he is doing right now in plain sight.

  4. Wow! This is book is Rich! Thank you very much for reviewing this book has it carries in depth informations needed by researchers like me. I’ll just go to the bookshop or better still get it online before the end of the week. 

    Thanks for sharing the details about this book, it’s helpful!

    1. Thank you Evagreene for your comment, please do get this book, I have the link here if you want it,  Great read and very informative on the Trump and Kushner families and how they came into financial power? Or are they as well off as they claim?

  5. A one-stop shop for relevant political news of the day.  Great consolidated offering for those looking to peruse the different books of the day looking at the Trump administration.  It might make sens to add a RSS political feed that also adds to the topic or a news aggregation service like realclearpolitics.  Since they have up to the day polling, it would compliment your items nicely.

  6. Thank you for writing your article. I can see that you have put a great deal of time into researching president Trump, and how he became president. I honestly have to say though, that every modern day president’s success was a result of breaking rules, lies, and greed. The Clinton’s and Obama were some of the worst thus far, but for some reason, many people praise them, not realizing just how much they stole from the American people. Trump at least has drastically helped small businesses and the financial economy since becoming president, instead of draining it for everything he could like Obama had before his term was up. 

    To each their own though. 

    Much success to you!

    1. Thank you Brandy for your comment, I will just say that we will have to agree to disagree in regards to Trump and his family and the type of businesses they have run in the past, will come out, he is at this moment trying to block his tax and financial information and there is a new book that came out today about some of his dealings with Deutsche Bank and how it all ties in with Russian Oligarchs, please come back soon.

  7. Like many, I have followed the tawdry (in my opinion) doings of the Trump-Kusner political marriage.  Understanding better this relationship and history is important in evaluating the political and social relevance of this relationship.  This book is both informative and timely.  It fills in many of the blank spots in ways unavailable to the common citizen, such as me.  We all benefit from reading an investigative and analytical treatment of important political issues that affect all of us in important ways.  I don’t have to agree with all of the author’s conclusions to appreciate the details presented by the author’s investigation.  The effort of author’s such as this is integral to the viability of a strong democracy.  I enjoy reading this type of book for its intellectual honesty.  I encourage anyone interested in understanding better the back side of this relationship to read books like this.    

    1. Thank you for your comment, and I agree with you, whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent voter it is always good to read and be informed about the candidates, especially the one in the White House right now, with all the controversy around how he got elected and how he lived his life before he was elected. The true character will come out, it always does.

  8. This is a timely and helpful site.  The summary of the Oligarch book is particularly helpful bearing in mind the timing of the US election. I will send your link to friends I know who would be interested in these books. I´m also interested after reading your review (s), to be better informed about Trump. 

    Do you recommend a hard copy or electronic? I´m tempted to order the “commander in cheat”.  Generally, I prefer reading a paper version. Somehow it feels more relaxing and satisfying, whereas reading online always feels a bit rushed.

    I like your site as it gives an independent but considered view of some interesting books, that goes deeper than you find at online bookshops or the Oligarch of on-line book sales Amazon!

    1. Hi Trevor and thank you for your comment, these are truly hard times with the election coming soon, and I feel the more information we have about our current president, the better and more informed our vote will be. I am a true book lover, I like both hard copy and paperback, call it old school, but I like to mark pages or chapters and refer back to them when writing or investigating something I am working on. Thanks for the share with your friends, and have a great day.

  9. Thanks for sharing some information about this book. I’ve seen this book in my local bookstore but didn’t have time to see what it contains. Eventhough I’m not a US resident, Trump’s political journey is quite a hot and intriguing journey in my place. There are a lot of rumors and news surrounding him, but I can’t really differentiate between hoaxes from haters or facts. I’ll be sure to check again this book. Thanks

    1. Thank you for the comment, Trump has always said that everything is a hoax, but when the facts come out, that proves he is a hoax, he starts another news breaking rumor, or does something outlandish to take focus off of the truths. This has been going on for 4 years now and Americans are figuring him out, and his administration. Stay tuned for more wonderful books and information, thanks again for the comment.

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