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David Cay Johnston

IT'S EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America

Monday, January 15th at 7:00pm
Simon and Schuster is proud to publish IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (Simon & Schuster; 1/16/18; $28.00) by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Cay Johnston. Timed to the one year anniversary of Trump’s presidency, Johnston examines the Trump Administration “termites” that are being appointed to destroy existing government policy and agencies from within – and what that means for the lives of all Americans.

No working journalist knows Donald Trump better than Johnston, who first met the forty-fifth president in 1988 and has tracked him ever since. He chronicled much of Trump’s conduct in two books: Temples of Chance and the bestselling The Making of Donald Trump. He was also an uncredited source of documents and insight for major campaign reports by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and network television. When Trump announced his campaign in June 2015, Johnston was the first national journalist to write that Trump might get the GOP nomination and win the presidency. More recently, Johnston was the journalist who received a copy of Trump’s tax return in the mail, as revealed on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Now Johnston takes readers inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined, tackling such subjects as:

The Wall. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall—if it ever gets built.

Climate Change. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don’t leak prematurely.


Stocking the Swamp. Contrary to his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families.

The Kleptocracy. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is passé. When Trump isn’t in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest—but not the reality.

The Trump administration is remaking the government, and IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK tells readers exactly how it is making America worse again. This book should be essential reading for all Americans.

David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author of The Making of Donald Trump. He has lectured on economics, journalism and tax policy on every continent except Antarctica and is a former president of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE). Johnston teaches at Syracuse University College of Law. He has been a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC, Democracy Now and NPR’s Morning Edition, among other shows, and was a consultant for the Netflix series “House of Cards.”
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