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Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Donald Trump Review

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

I just recently read this book and thought it was well done; it showed Trump's passion for winning even at things with no stakes, such as the game of golf. I think it shows Trump's shady, superficial side, and I like the author's perspective of how golf should be, which is a contrast to Donald Trump's take on the sport.

This book highlights Trump's shady tactics by showing how he would do anything to help his businesses grow. He boasts about how his businesses are the greatest; however, he doesn't pay his employees how a great, reputable business would. For instance, the golf course designers who weren't born what they asked for are mentioned in the book. In addition to that, he only really cares more about appearances than actual function.

It also shows that Trump does not care at all about the environment/he only cares about anything up to the point that it will benefit him or affect his business, such as claiming his proposed wall idea for the Bedminster golf course would somehow slow down environmental damage. He's also just a bribe, like when he took his banker out on the course to discuss extending some of his debts.

This book also states that Trump seems not to respect world leaders who do not play golf; Trump is not a team player by nature, so theoretically, golf is the perfect game for him. Despite his lack of respect for other leaders, Trump is an almost natural politician. The only difference between him and an honest politician is that Trump will lie to make himself look good, whereas a politician sometimes knows where to draw the line between truth and lies.

I liked the author's passion for the game of golf and his disgust for Politicians who don't play golf treats the game. This book illustrates that golf was originally meant for everybody to be able to play and the loyalty that a caddy can have towards the people whom they carry clubs for. Going back to the history of golf, it's supposed to be about the camaraderie between the "average" and the "rich," but that has warped over time. I get the impression that the caddies are treated as lesser, but I don't think that should be the case since they play such an important role.

I found this book to provide a deeper understanding of Trump as an individual through the context of golf. I learned through this book that Trump will cheat at anything, which I guess I wasn't thinking about before. I liked the way the author wrote this in a kind of humorous way. I recommend this book if you want a deeper understanding of Donald Trump. If you've read it, let me know your thoughts down below.

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Jane Butler
Jane Butler
Dec 07, 2021

Bravo, John, now you really have my interest! Keep up the good work!


chris sullivan
chris sullivan
Dec 06, 2021

One hundred percent agreed, John. It seems to me that the citizens of the United States did not or could not educate themselves adequately. I think most saw Trump as a successful business person because of his television personality - where in reality, he destroyed communities and areas with his failed developments.

Take for instance the grotesque Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Many of the people - most of whom were from the area - that were involved with the construction of these facilities were never payed according to their contracts, from what I understand. Taj Mahal was closed 26 years after it opened - even after it was hyped as the "eighth wonder of the world".


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