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Books About the Trump Administration

Posted 01/29/21 by Eric P

Publishers love putting out books about whoever the current president is, but public interest in those titles tends to plummet as soon as the White House changes hands. Which makes sense: people love reading stuff that’s ripped from the headlines, not so much stuff rummaged from history’s dustbin – or, more accurately, history’s remainder table. Reading about the minutiae of the Clinton administration in the twenty-first century sounds about as appetizing as eating a frozen dinner from 1996.

But some publishers are hoping that with this, as with so many other things, Donald Trump will defy the norms. His administration has already proven to be an unusually fecund subject: the New York Times reports that more than 1,200 books about Trump have been released during his single term, compared with only about 500 books about Barack Obama during his first four years in office. And even as Trump settles into Florida retirement, the books will just keep coming.

The library doesn’t have those future books yet, but in the meantime there’s no shortage of reading material available if you’re looking to relive the past four years.

There are so many books about Trump, in fact, that one of the books is just about the author trying to read all the other books about Trump:

Cover of What Were We Thinking

What Were We Thinking

Ebook audio
Cover of Fear


eBook   |   eAudio   |   Large print   |   BOCD   |   Spanish
Cover of Rage


eBook   |   eAudiobook

And then there are the accounts by the former president’s relatives, friends, and employees. Because in a world where Billy Carter can publish a book, it would seem almost silly not to write one of your own.

Cover of Too Much and Never Enough

Too Much and Never Enough

eBook   |   eAudio   |   Spanish
Cover of The Room Where it Happened

The Room Where it Happened

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Disloyal


eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of The Briefing

The Briefing

Cover of Unhinged


eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Team of Vipers

Team of Vipers

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Melania and me

Melania and me

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   BOCD
Cover of Speaking for Myself

Speaking for Myself

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Leading America

Leading America

Cover of Triggered


Cover of Let Me Finish

Let Me Finish

eBook   |   Large print
Cover of A Warning

A Warning

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of The New American Revolution

The New American Revolution

Cover of Why We Fight

Why We Fight

Cover of A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   BOCD

And then there are all the rest.

A few caveats about this list – first of all, it’s incomplete. This is only a portion of the most recent books this library owns about the Trump presidency, and the books we own are only a fraction of the books that have been published, which if laid end-to-end could reach from Toledo to Mar-a-Lago and back seventeen times.

Second caveat: most of these books are highly opinionated, not to say inflammatory. If you hold any opinions of any kind, however mild, about the Trump administration, at least some of these titles are likely to infuriate you and should be perused only under a doctor’s supervision.

Third caveat: that Mar-a-Lago thing above was a fake fact.

Cover of A Very Stable Genius

A Very Stable Genius

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Sinking in the Swamp

Sinking in the Swamp

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Unmaking the Presidency

Unmaking the Presidency

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of The MAGA Doctrine

The MAGA Doctrine

Cover of American Crusade

American Crusade

Cover of Obsession


Cover of Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

Cover of Liar’s Circus

Liar’s Circus

Cover of Front Row at the Trump Show

Front Row at the Trump Show

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Blitz


eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of The Cost

The Cost

Cover of Follow the Money

Follow the Money

And then there are the satirists and the parodists. Every presidency attracts the slings and arrows of outrageous humorists – the teddy bear takes its name from cartoons needling President Roosevelt for refusing to shoot a bear while hunting. Cartoons and novelty songs ensued after President Carter reported that his rowboat was attacked by a swimming rabbit. And newspapers mocked President Lincoln for having to travel secretly to his inauguration because of death threats. If they’d had Etsy back then, you could have bought merchandise with slogans like “I Snuck Abe Lincoln Through Baltimore by Night and All I Got Was This Anachronistic T-Shirt.”

Basically, if nobody’s making fun of you, then you’re probably not president.

Cover of Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown

Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla
Cover of The Unquotable Trump

The Unquotable Trump

Cover of A Child’s First Book of Trump

A Child’s First Book of Trump

hoopla audio
Cover of Whose Boat is This Boat?

Whose Boat is This Boat?

Cover of A Very Stable Genius!

A Very Stable Genius!

Cover of Yuge!


Cover of #Sad!


Cover of How the Hell Did This Happen?

How the Hell Did This Happen?

Cover of Mad About Trump!

Mad About Trump!

Cover of Trump’s ABC Trump’s ABC
Cover of Lewser! Lewser!
Cover of Mad About the Trump Era! Mad About the Trump Era!

Maybe, by the time you read this, the public’s attention will have moved on to other things and books about the Trump administration will have started gathering dust alongside books about George W. Bush and fidget spinners. Or maybe these books will have claimed their own section of the library. Maybe Anthony Scaramucci will have his own shelf. Time will tell.