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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Trump’s Bestseller Exposed As A Fraud By His Co-Writer
Trump’s most famous book, the perennial best-seller, The Art of the Deal, was written and crafted not just by the
mogul-turned-presidential nominee but by Tony Schwartz. Now the writer is coming out, not only to say
that he believes a Trump presidency could be dangerous and bad, but that he
wrote a book of fame and fortune that was largely woven from falsehoods and
what responsibility does a writer in such a position have--- to his boss, to
readers, and the greater public?
when writing such a book, bias replaces any specter of being fair and balanced. I don’t know of any ghost writer or co-author
who was paid to say unflattering truths of the book’s subject. But how far does one go here? Does the co-author not only ignore relevant
and truthful facts/stories but also embellishes or willingly writes without
fact-checking or third-party confirmation for fear that an ugly truth would be
you make a deal with the devil for your writing soul, where do you draw the line
of what you will do or not do when it comes to completing this book? At what
point does your moral compass just get shut down?
book industry produces a lot of books.
Traditional publishers alone average the release of 1,000 new books
every single day of the year -- including holidays, weekends and bad-weather days.
Some of those books, especially when it involves someone important or famous,
are written not by the name on the cover, but by a ghost writer. Some books acknowledge the featured author’s name in huge letters and then in tiny print it attaches the
term “with so and so.” It doesn’t say
“and so and so” because the two people are neither equal in stature nor in the
role they played in actually writing the book.
the writer behind the scenes has certain, competing obligations, including these:
·To be accurate
·To be truthful
·To adhere to the wishes of the subject of
·To make the idea and experience of the
subject sound better than the writer may think them to be
the writer has another obligation, and that is to make a choice: Do you want to make money and give full
editorial control to someone you may not even like or believe in, or do you
want to write a book that may be accurate but less exciting and not so
commercial, thus limiting your earning power?
decades after the book made him and Trump millions of dollars, and after
creating a giant monster that now has its eyes gazing at the White House,
Schwartz feels compelled to speak up. Can we trust him now if we can’t trust
his writings? Is he to be applauded for
speaking up today or condemned for participating in a fraud back then?
put lipstick on a pig.” Schwartz told The New Yorker. “I feel a deep sense of
remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention
and made him more appealing than he is.”
the publisher of the book cease its publication now that the co-author says it
was not an accurate reflection of Trump?
Should bookstores drop it, not because of politics, but because they
would not want to sell a book its own author disavows?
should know the real Trump. He spent a
year and a half with him to piece together their book. He says Trump lacks focus, as if he was
afflicted with ADHD and that Trump has a tenuous commitment to the truth at
best. He said: “Trump has the ability to
convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true or sort
of true, or at least aught to be true.”
can’t take back what’s been put out there.
That book will continue to be sold and bought, but wouldn’t it be
appropriate for the book to come with a warning label what indicates the
co-author has disavowed his own work.
Don’t people have the right to know that such a book has been confirmed
to contain inaccuracies?
would like to say that consumers aren’t dumb, especially book buyers, but they
are gullible. They buy a book like Trump's because they want to buy into his myth
and then to feel inspired by such a story to create a wealthy lifestyle of
their own. Maybe these greedy readers
get what they deserve --empty words and fake stories from a false prophet.
was born into money. He grew that starter sum of millions into billions because
he is a cold, calculating, rude, little bastard. His companies have gone
bankrupt numerous times. Anyone can make money if they don’t have to pay back
obligations that they never really planned on paying. He’s not a dummy. He’s shrewd, but he’s also a manipulative
huckster or sells not a product or service but a brand and an image. He sells you confidence and imagery. He tells you what you feel, what you want to
hear. But if the country buys into his
get-rich-quick-scheme, we’re doomed. Let’s heed Schwartz’ remorse and stand warned.