cover image All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator

All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator

Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy. Hachette, $29 (360p) ISBN 978-0-316-49266-9

Investigative journalists Levine and El-Faizy (God and Country) deliver a thorough and disturbing rundown of President Trump’s attitudes toward and interactions with women in this sobering account. The authors claim that 67 women have accused Trump of “inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment or sexual assault,” and state plainly that “Donald Trump is, and has been for some time, a full-blown sexual predator.” Levine and El-Faizy note multiple infidelities in each of Trump’s three marriages; numerous claims that he has groped and forcibly kissed women on airplanes, during business meetings, and at parties; instances in which, as owner of Trump Model Management and the Miss Universe pageant, he barged backstage when women, many of them underage, were undressed; and rumors that he regularly offered adult film actresses $10,000 for sex. The book’s most salacious, if poorly sourced, charge is that Trump was filmed having sex with a porn star and an underage girl at a private brothel in Times Square in the early 1980s. By and large, however, Levine and El-Faizy succeed in laying out a credible pattern of misogynistic and predatory behavior, much of it supported by Trump’s own words on the infamous Access Hollywood tape and in interviews with Howard Stern. Though it rehashes much previously reported information, this somber narrative makes a strong case that Trump’s history of sexual misconduct goes far beyond “locker room talk.”(Oct.)