Readers who haven’t yet reached Trump burnout status will enjoy this spoof, which expertly skewers a disastrous presidency...




A quick-witted stand-up comedian parodies the ringleader of the presidential three-ring circus.

As a fitting companion piece to actor/comedian Atamanuik’s weekly Comedy Central Trump-lampooning The President Show, this snarky sendup caricatures the president’s precarious and outrageous antics before, during, and after his election. The book is divided into sections easily digested individually or altogether but preferably before a rapt crowd of politically savvy dinner guests. Our narrator is fictitious veteran columnist Kelsey Nelson, a former editor at Golf & Stream magazine. While on the green at Mar-a-Lago, Nelson befriended Trump and inspired him to commission the creation of a first-ever Presidential Pocket Library while still serving his first term in office. They hoped to pre-emptively crash-publish this “living document,” particularly before Obama was able to open his library (after all, “his time is done”). The resulting series of egocentric, self-congratulatory interviews, lurid telephone transcriptions, damning indictments, life snippets from childhood to military service to his “first love,” Mar-a-Lago, and the unpatriotic histrionics at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are uniformly appalling and rollicking. While the author’s material is (just mildly) exaggerated, it is a depressingly accurate reflection of the president’s clumsy legacy. Highlights include an imagined Trump Tower rental application (“name of daughter, mistress, or awful son who will technically own property”), scandalous Miss Universe Moscow and North Korea Summit itineraries, official calls to Area 51 (“what if an alien picks up?”), a 2020 re-election plan, a debate prep session with Roger Ailes (Trump: “Let’s bring a black baby to the debate! He can sit in the front row and then we’ll kick him out”), and riffs on Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Trumpisms and buffoonery abound throughout the well-executed, whip-smart narrative, and it’s all fun and games until readers realize just how unerringly close to the bone Atamanuik’s material cuts.

Readers who haven’t yet reached Trump burnout status will enjoy this spoof, which expertly skewers a disastrous presidency in action.

Pub Date: Oct. 23, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-06-285188-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Sept. 2, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2018

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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