The Making of the President 2016

  • by Roger Stone
  • Narrated by BJ Pottsworth
  • 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Theodore White's landmark books, the definitive look at how Donald J. Trump shocked the world to become president.
From Roger Stone, a New York Times best-selling author, longtime political adviser, and friend to Donald Trump, and consummate Republican strategist, comes the first in-depth examination of how Trump's campaign tapped into the national mood to deliver a stunning victory that almost no one saw coming.
In the early hours of November 9, 2016, one of the most contentious, polarizing, and vicious presidential races came to an abrupt and unexpected end when heavily favored presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called Donald J. Trump to concede, shocking a nation that had, only hours before, given little credence to his chances. Donald Trump pulled the greatest upset in American political history despite a torrent of invective and dismissal of the mainstream media. Here is the first definitive explanation about how the "silent majority" shifted the election to Donald Trump in reliable Democratic Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, thus handing him the presidency.
Stone, a long time Trump retainer and confidant, gives us the inside story of how Donald Trump almost single-handedly harnessed discontent among "Forgotten Americans" despite running a guerrilla-style grass roots campaign to compete with the smooth running and free-spending Clinton political machine.
From the start, Trump's campaign was unlike any seen on the national stage - combative, maverick, and fearless. Trump's nomination was the hostile takeover of the Republican party and a resounding repudiation of the failed leadership of both parties whose policies have brought America to the brink of financial collapse as well as endangering our national security.
Here Stone outlines how Donald Trump skillfully ran as the anti-Open Borders candidate as well as a supporter of American sovereignty, and how he used the Globalist trade deals like NAFTA to win over three of 10 Bernie Sanders supporters. The veteran adviser to Nixon, Reagan, and Trump charts the rise of the alt-conservative media and the end of the mainstream media monopoly on voter-impacting information dissemination. This is an insider's view that includes studying opposition research into Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton's crimes, and the struggle by the Republican establishment to stop Trump and how they underestimated him. Stone chronicles Trump's triumph in three debates where he skillfully lowered expectation levels but skewered Mrs. Clinton for the corruption of the Clinton Foundation, her mishandling of government email, and her incompetence as Secretary of State.
Stone gives us the inside word on Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner, Carlos Danger, Doug Band, Jeffery Epstein, and the efforts to hide the former first lady's infirmities and health problems. Stone dissects the phony narrative that Trump was in cahoots with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin or that the emails released by Wikileaks came from the Russians.
The grizzled political veteran of 10 Republican presidential campaigns from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump explains how Trump's election has averted near certain war with Russia over Syria and the rejection of the neocon policies of the Obama/Clinton Administration.
The Making of the President 2016 reveals how Trump brilliantly picked at Hillary Clinton's weaknesses, particularly her reputation as a crooked insider, and ignited the passions of out-of-work white men and women from the rust belt and beyond, at a time when millions of Americans desperately wanted change. Stone also reveals how and why the mainstream media got it wrong, including how the polls were loaded and completely misunderstood who would vote.
Stone's analysis is akin to Theodore H. White's seminal book The Making of the President 1960. It is both a sweeping analysis of the trends that elected Trump as well as the war stories of a hard-bitten political survivor whom Donald Trump called "one tough cookie".

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A Recap with a few interesting passages

The bulk of this is just a blow for blow recap of the 2016 US election, there are however a few very interesting bits. The lies of Ted Cruz, Huma's background and possible spy link, the investigation into Stone, and the background of the criminals and ringers brought in by the DNC in a failed attempt to bring down Trump's campaign. Probably worth about £10.99 at best, but not full RRP. will be an excellent historical resource in years to come though.
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Interesting perspective, but a bit fawning

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would strive for a more objective view of the Trump campaign and election.Stone seems to think that Trump walks on water and any criticism of him is fearmongering by a 'far-left elite' (his term). His view is made very clear when discussing the other GOP candidates; he makes it clear that at least three (Trump included) had no previous electoral experience but then says that Trump was the 'only true outsider' with little explanation of what he means by this. I wanted a fair assessment, and it is interesting to hear a pro-Trump view, but is so clearly a devotee of Trump that his view very quickly becomes tiresome. At one point, he even suggests that Trump was sent by God to fix America's economy!


Would you recommend The Making of the President 2016 to your friends? Why or why not?

I would. It is interesting as a 'first draft' of history written by an insider but it's claims need to be taken with a large pile of salt.


Have you listened to any of BJ Pottsworth’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't but he does a very good job here, he's an engaging reader.


Do you think The Making of the President 2016 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, either an insider view of the Clinton campaign or a more holistic and objective view of the election as a whole.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios