Book Review: The Fixers

The Book: The Fixers-The Bottomfeeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers and Pornstars Who Created The 45th President. The shocking, definitive account of the lawyers and media tycoons who enabled the rise of Donald Trump, featuring new revelations from the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Wall Street Journal Team of Joe Polazzolo and Michael Rothfeld.The Fixers

The First Fixer (Roy Cohn)

Donald Trump kept a photo of Roy Cohn on his office desk. If a business meeting wasn’t proceeding as planned, Trump might point to the photograph and say, in not so many words, You don’t want to mess with me, just look at this mug. That’s my lawyer.

This relationship between Cohn and Trump began in the early 1970s, with Trump a few years shy of his thirtieth birthday.

Cohn and TrumpCohn built a private practice that pivoted on his ruthless intelligence-he had a photographic memory-on the public perception of his ethical and moral flexibility. Juries had acquitted him in the criminal trials, clearing him of charges including jury tampering, bribery, blackmail, and making false statements. This triumph over the government had once served only enhanced Roy Cohn’s reputation as a rogue who did whatever it took to win. So in 1973, when Trump spotted him at LeClub, an East Fifty-fifth Street Restaurant frequented by New York’s glitterati, he wandered over to Cohn’s table for advice about a legal problem of his own.

Trump Hires Roy Cohn As His Lawyer (Fixer)

When Trump went over to Cohn’s table he explained that his father’s real estate company was under attack from the United States Department of Justice, for discrimination against minorities in its rental buildings. Trump told Cohn that another Wall Street law firm advise him to settle.

Trump asked: “What do you think we should do?”

Cohn answers: “My view is to tell them to go to hell and fight the thing in court and let them prove that you discriminated, which seems to me very difficult to do, in view of the fact that you have black tenants in the building.” He also states: “I don’t think you have any obligation to rent to tenants who would be undesirable, white or black, and the government doesn’t have a right to run your business.”

Boom, this was the clincher for Trump. Donald Trump just had himself a new personal lawyer or in Donald’s world, fixer. The Roy Cohn playbook demands a relentless show of strength. The tactics he deployed in a fight appealed to Trump, who had internalized some of them before he met Cohn: Attack mercilessly. Never admit you’re wrong. Declare complete victory, even when making concessions. Follow through only when pressed, and only as much as required.

Forced Fame And Myths Propagated About Himself

Trump youngerWith his blunt-force fame and the myth he’s propagated about himself, Donald Trump has always moved in a world of gossip barons, crooked lawyers, and porn stars. But when he became the Republican nominee for the presidency in 2016, all of these characters crawled out from the underbelly of Trump’s stardom and stumbled onto the global stage with him.

In Conclusion

In The Fixers, Joe Polazzolo and Michael Rothfeld have produced a deeply reported and exquisitely drawn portrait of that world, full of secret phone calls, hidden texts, and desperate deals, unearthing the practice of “catch and kill” by which Trump surrogates paid hush money to cover-up his affairs, and detailing Trump’s historic relationship with his fixers from his early influential relationship with Roy Cohn to his reliance on Michael Cohen, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, and from New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. It traces the arc of their interactions from the 1970s through the 2016 campaign and beyond. It is a distinctly American saga that navigates the world’s of reality TV, cash-for-trash tabloids, single-shingle law shops, celebrity bashes, high-end real estate, pornography, and politics. The characters and settings of this book are part of the vulgar circus that crisscrosses the country, from New York to L.A. to D.C.

Terrifying, darkly comic, and compulsively readable, The Fixers is an epic political adventure in which greed, corruption, lust, and ambition collide, and that leads ultimately, to the White House.

The FixersIf you have any questions or want to leave a comment, please do below and I will get back with you as soon as I can.   The Fixers

All The Best,

Bobbi

EMAIL:  bobbi@greatpoliticalbooks.com

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Fixers”

  1. This sounds like a very interesting book, I had no idea about Roy Cohn. I guess though you need a good lawyer, especially if you are rich and famous to make sure that you do not get in trouble when you get sued, since a personal lawyers entire job is to keep you out of trouble. I am going to have to pick up a copy of this book and check it out, I appreciate you sharing this!

    1. Thank you Travis for your comment, I agree to some extent but money shouldn’t be able to buy freedom from crimes and especially as our president, he should stand for fair and equal justice for all, not just the rich.

  2. “The Fixers is part profound quality story, part tick-tock, an essential read and a Baedeker to the Trumpian netherworld”
    In The Fixers, Joe Palazzolo of the Wall Street Journal and Michael Rothfeld of the New York Times develop their Pulitzer-winning examination of Trump’s pre-political decision quiet cash installments to porno star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. Trump, Pecker and Michael Cohen all become the overwhelming focus. Subtitled “The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President”, The Fixers is part profound quality story, part tick-tock, a paramount read and a Baedeker to the Trumpian netherworld. It is likewise a demonstration of the creators’ constancy.

    1. Thank you for your comment Jahangir, it is quite the quality read to get another look at how Trump became president. I feel that all politics in a way are very crooked, but I have never in my 56 years seen anything like the power over one party and how Trump rules by fear and dirty tactics. Scary to me, but just my opinion. Tghanks again for your comment.

  3. Hi

    Any book that involves Donald Trump  would be a good read and your review of this book does make you want to read it. With so much controversy about trump and his friends, it will be good to find out how he deals with them, especially  his lawyer.

    It would be interesting  to know if this book will tarnish Donald Trump  image or will it enhance it in the long run. We will have to wait and see?

    Thanks

    Antonio 

    1. Thank you Antonio for your comment, I agree with you, we will have to wait and see, it looks like anything that Congress does for any kind of oversight on Trump has been put to rest with the Senate Majority being Republican and that they are all sticking behind Trump no matter what.

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