Donald Trump: 45th US President Reviews

Donald Trump: 45th US President: ISBN 978-1-68282-295-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-296-8
School Library Connection, April 15, 2017

This author has attempted to provide a balanced look into the life of Donald Trump. Citing facts from a host of websites and Trump’s own written words, Reston presents a timeline of Trump’s life, his childhood, his early successes, and his failures. This book focuses on events leading up to the election but does not contain any of the controversial events after Trump took office. The book contains color and b&w photos, side bars for additional information, and chapter notes. Additional Resources. Index. Timeline.
Richard Fanning Library Media Specialist, Spring Forest Middle School, Houston, Texas

Donald Trump: 45th US President: ISBN 978-1-68282-295-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-296-8
Booklist, April 15, 2017

The tide of youth books about Trump has started to creep in, and Reston’s balanced take is the most serious and comprehensive yet. It focuses on Trump's favorite subject—Donald Trump—at the minimization of periphery characters. (You won’t see much of old favorites Lyin’ Ted, Little Marco, Low Energy Jeb, or Crooked Hillary.) But it works, flashing an observer's bulb directly into Trump’s face: his “surly” student days, his wayward youth spent buying dangerous knives (?!) in Times Square, and mostly, his real estate deals, which largely succeeded based on Trump's bizarre, but weirdly effective, reliance on putting his name on everything—no matter what people or important pieces of art he had to steamroll. Reston doesn’t blink at the lawsuits Trump settles out of court, his messy divorces, his crude comments about women (unfortunately, the damning Access Hollywood tape is ignored), and his career-long flipflopping on countless issues. Most important, Reston highlights the underestimated national rage Trump tapped into. Layout is middling, but the photos are fine, and let's face it—your library needs this, and now.
Daniel Kraus