Commander in Cheat

Commander in Cheat

How Golf Explains Trump

Book - 2019
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A sportswriter's indictment of how Trump's golf habits reflect his off-the-course ethics draws on personal experience and witness interviews to reveal how Trump lies, intimidates, and files lawsuits to get away with rampant cheating.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316528085
Characteristics: vii, 244 pages ; 24 cm.

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cknightkc
Jan 12, 2020

"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.” - p.12

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cknightkc
Jan 12, 2020

“If you’ll cheat to win at golf, is it that much further to cheat to win an election? To turn a Congressional vote? To stop an investigation?”

“If you’ll lie about every aspect of the game, is it that much further to lie about your taxes, your relationship with Russians, your groping of women?”

“If you’re adamant that the poor don’t deserve golf, is it that much further to think they don’t deserve health care, clean air, safe schools?” - p. 241

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cknightkc
Jan 12, 2020

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
— Unknown
Acknowledgments - p. 244

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SEBoiko
Oct 10, 2019

There is only one star at any Trump event and it's the Donald.

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SEBoiko
Oct 10, 2019

Yes, Trump is a very big deal maker, but he's an even bigger deal breaker.

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SEBoiko
Oct 10, 2019

Trump had been part of more than 3,500 lawsuits in his life.

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SEBoiko
Oct 10, 2019

Golf is a game with a conscience.

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SEBoiko
Oct 10, 2019

Trump can dish out the insults by the steam shovel but he can't take a teaspoonful back.

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SEBoiko
Oct 10, 2019

Sounding better is Trump's M.O.

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jimg2000
Aug 06, 2019

IN THE 30 YEARS I’ve known Donald Trump, I never believed anything he said, but the wink-wink of it was that I never thought he believed any of it either. He was like your crazy uncle at Thanksgiving who sits in the living room telling the kids whoppers about punching Sinatra while the parents all roll their eyes in the kitchen. He was a fun, full-of-it fabulist.
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“Donald, why are you lying about me?” “Sounds better,” he said. Sounding better is Trump’s m.o. It colors everything he says and does. The truth doesn’t break an egg with Trump. It’s all about how it sounds, how it looks, and the fact checkers can go run a 100-yard dash in a 50-yard gym.
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Trump seethed about it. Trump can dish out the insults by the steam shovel but he can’t take a teaspoonful back. His rule is: “When I’m attacked, I fight back 10 times harder.”
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Final score on the “18 club championships”: Lies 16, Incompletes 2, Confirms 0. By this time, Trump’s nose has grown so long he could putt with it.

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cknightkc
Jan 12, 2020

COMMANDER IN CHEAT takes a look at POTUS from the perspective of his favorite pastime besides tweeting, and that is golf. Breezy and amusing but often infuriating and alarming, the title says it all.

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MikeHanafin
Oct 10, 2019

A quick read (242 non-dense pages). Reilly does a nice job to detail (in detail) how much cheating trump does in everything involved with golf--playing, buying courses, plus bullying and ripping off members, contractors/workers, communities, governments, everyone...just so he can declare he "won", and he's the "best". One example: his caddies stay up ahead to "improve" his tee-shots (i.e. kick his ball out of the woods/rough/trap and onto the fairway/green) before anyone else arrives at the ball. And how he sometimes takes "gimmies" from a sand trap.
Most of the stories are not new, and few are denied by anyone unfortunate enough to have golfed with him, or been anywhere near him on a golf course. The best anyone can say is that "He's a lot of fun to be around on a golf course".
I'm sure Reilly felt he needed a bucket of Purell to write a book about a scumbag of epic proportions.

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crimsonpetal
Sep 26, 2019

I did not think there was any more that information that could possibly lower my opinion of President Trump. I was wrong. The book reveals numerous examples, trivial and major, of behavior that is manipulative and abhorrent. It contains a lot of golf terms that nongolfers might not understand. I recommend the book with the caveat that you will not feel better about the future of our country when you finish.

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dirtbag
Sep 20, 2019

Both horrifying and funny in equal measure....an entertaining read.

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betsymarzoni
Sep 19, 2019

Well written, well researched, the author does a very good job of explaining the absurd behavior of donald trump.

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TechWriter1
Sep 13, 2019

Lie. Cheat. Bully. Steal. Sue. This book paints a convincing picture of the ultimate ugly American. The book's subtitle could be "It isn't winning if you have to cheat."

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jimg2000
Aug 06, 2019

Updated with quotes today:

Originally commented on Aug 03, 2019.

Warning --- a painful read --- and unbelievable if not with the named sources, unchallenged documentations and logically drawn inferences about the king of cheaters. Written by the golf editor of Sports Illustrated, outlining the ways that Trump cheats at in golf, business and life. He concludes:

“What does golf have to do with being president? What does it matter that he cheats at it? What’s it got to do with leading the country?”

Everything. If you’ll cheat to win at golf, is it that much further to cheat to win an election? To turn a Congressional vote? To stop an investigation?

If you’ll lie about every aspect of the game, is it that much further to lie about your taxes, your relationship with Russians, your groping of women?

If you’re adamant that the poor don’t deserve golf, is it that much further to think they don’t deserve health care, clean air, safe schools?

I’m glad my dad didn’t live to see a Commander in Cheat like Trump. It would’ve turned his stomach.

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DOCTHOR
Jun 21, 2019

The subtitle misled me. There is no "explanation" of JDT -- merely further revelation of some of his behavior (maybe I haven't gotten to examples of overt misogyny, yet -- I'm not quite finished with the book yet). I had hoped to gain some insight into the origin/development of the personality and behavior of JDT. Instead the book is a well documented litany (I would estimate a hundred or more) of examples of his bullying, denial of truth, disregard of common decency, absence of any moral compass, self-aggrandizement, and the seeming congenital nature of him as an inveterate cheat & liar. If you're searching for any answers for a "Why?", none is to be found here; if you're searching for golf-related anecdotes manifestly illuminating Donald Trump's sociopathy and narcissism, the book is a treasure trove.

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Memawrayne
May 29, 2019

Not being a golfer, I did not realize how much the game can reveal about a person. Very interesting what it shows about our president.

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midori_hon
Apr 09, 2019

well-researched and well-written. this book is centered around golf, but is a microcosm that explains the orange/origin trilobite about whom it's much more expedient to list his better qualities. 1.

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