Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump: The brilliant New York Times bestseller
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. ‘An eye-watering account of the president’s abuse of the rules of golf’ The Sunday Times ‘Reilly pokes more holes in Trump’s claims than there are sand traps on all his courses combined. It is by turns amusing and alarming’
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.
‘An eye-watering account of the president’s abuse of the rules of golf’ The Sunday Times
‘Reilly pokes more holes in Trump’s claims than there are sand traps on all his courses combined. It is by turns amusing and alarming’ The New Yorker
‘This book is dedicated to the truth. It’s still a thing.’
Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is a fascinating on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes survey of Donald Trump’s ethics deficit on and off the golf course.Renowned sports writer Rick Reilly transports readers onto the greens with President Trump, revealing the absurd ways in which he lies about his feats, and what they can tell us about the way he leads off the course in the most important job in the world.
‘Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man.’
Reilly has been with Trump on the fairways, the greens and in the rough, he has seen how the President plays – and it’s not pretty. Based on his personal experiences, and interviews with dozens of golf pros, amateurs, developers, partners, opponents, and even caddies who have first-hand involvement with Trump out on the course, Reilly takes a deep and often hilarious look at how Trump shamelessly cheats at golf, lies about it, sues over it, bullies with it, and profits from it.
‘Somebody should point out that the way Trump does golf is sort of the way he does a presidency, which is to operate as though the rules are for other people.’
From Trump’s ridiculous claim to have won eighteen club championships, to his devious cheating tricks, to his tainted reputation as a golf course tycoon, Commander in Cheat tells you everything you need to know about the man.
‘You could write a book about what Trump’s golf reveals about him. Here it is.’
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Big orange cheat Most of this information was already in plain view, but Reilly puts it all together and comprehensively skewers someone he’s known for over 30 years. In doing so he successfully proves his central thesis, that Trump’s approach to golf (both playing it, and developing courses) is perhaps the most accurate predictor of his conduct generally and in office. The cheating when he plays is universally attested to, but is the least interesting bit of the book, because it’s unsurprising and merely…
If a quarter is true, forget golf and worry for the world A brilliant book. I’m not a golfer but do understand some of its conventions. The book becomes a thesaurus of grotesqueness; much reads like a comic novel except nothing is funny. You don’t need to understand golf to be blown away by the sheer awfulness of Trump’s behaviour. Three non-golfing friends have already read it and share the 5 star rating.
I bet he doesn’t shout “fore!” either I can honestly say that this book has opened my eyes. I doubt non-golfers will “get it”, but we golfers can come to only one conclusion after closing this book …. “What a despicable person we have as leader of the free world …. America, hang your head in shame.