Cover image for Mar-a-Lago : inside the gates of power at Donald Trump's presidential palace / Laurence Leamer.
Mar-a-Lago : inside the gates of power at Donald Trump's presidential palace / Laurence Leamer.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
Physical Description:
xi, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Trump's Palm Beach -- Fantasy Island -- Estate sale -- Tabloid prince -- "Is that all there is?" -- The forbidden city -- "A t-bone in a kennel" -- The promises of life -- The contest -- A proper president -- The apprentice -- Trumped again -- The candidate -- The Sun King -- Games of chaos -- "The president!!! The great president!!!"
The inside story of how President Donald Trump became king of Palm Beach, and how Palm Beach, and the resort Mar-a-Lago, continue to be his spiritual home even as president.


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973.933092 TRU LEA Book Adult General Collection

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Where Trump Learned to Rule

To know Donald J. Trump it is best to start in his natural habitat: Palm Beach, Florida. It is here he learned the techniques that took him all the way to the White House. Painstakingly, over decades, he has created a world in this exclusive tropical enclave and favorite haunt of billionaires where he is not just president but a king. The vehicle for his triumph is Mar-A-Lago, one of the greatest mansions ever built in the United States. The inside story of how he became King of Palm Beach--and how Palm Beach continues to be his spiritual home even as president--is rollicking, troubling, and told with unrivaled access and understanding by Laurence Leamer.

In Mar-A-Lago , the reader will learn:

* How Donald Trump bought a property now valued by some at as much as $500,000,000 for less than three thousand dollars of his own money.

* Why Trump was blackballed by the WASP grandees of the island and how he got his revenge.

* How Trump joined forces with the National Enquirer , which was headquartered nearby, and engineered his own divorce.

* How by turning Mar-A-Lago into a private club, Trump was the unlikely man to integrate Palm Beach's restricted country club scene, and what his real motives were.

* What transpires behind the gates of today's Mar-A-Lago during "the season," when President Trump and assorted D.C. power players fly down each weekend.

In addition to copious interviews and reporting from inside Mar-A-Lago, Laurence Leamer brings an acute and unparalleled understanding of the society of Palm Beach, where he has lived for twenty-five years. He has written an essential book for understanding Donald Trump's inner character.

Author Notes

Laurence Leamer was born in Chicago on Ocober 30, 1941. He is the author of thirteen books, including The Kennedy Women, and Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2015 his non-fiction book The Kennedy Men: 1901-1963, was listed on the Nrew York Times bestseller list.

Leamer is a former Ford Fellow in International Development at the University of Oregon and a former International Fellow at Columbia University. He is regarded as an expert on the Kennedy family. Leamer was on the staff at Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Playboy, and many other publications.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
1 Trump's Palm Beachp. 1
2 Fantasy Islandp. 8
3 Estate Salep. 25
4 Tabloid Princep. 45
5 "Is That All There Is?"p. 61
6 The Forbidden Cityp. 82
7 "A T-Bone in a Kennel"p. 100
8 The Promises of Lifep. 112
9 The Contestp. 127
10 A Proper Presidentp. 143
11 The Apprenticep. 153
12 Trumped Againp. 171
13 The Candidatep. 190
14 The Sun Kingp. 207
15 Games of Chaosp. 221
16 "The President!!! The Great President!!!"p. 238
Acknowledgmentsp. 253
Notesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 281