Commander in Cheat by Rick Reilly audiobook

Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump

By Rick Reilly
Read by Rick Reilly

Hachette Books 9780316528085


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549148811

  • ISBN: 9781549179310

Runtime: 7.05 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Audience: Adult
Language: English



Finalist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award

New York Times bestseller

A London Times Pick of Best Books of the Year

An Esquire Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

The Week Magazine Pick of Books to Read in 2019


"Reilly pokes more holes in Trump's claims than there are sand traps on all of his courses combined. It is by turns amusing and alarming." -- The New Yorker

"Golf is the spine of this shocking, wildly humorous book, but humanity is its flesh and spirit." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Every one of Trump's most disgusting qualities surfaces in golf." -- The Ringer

An outrageous indictment of Donald Trump's appalling behavior when it comes to golf -- on and off the green -- and what it reveals about his character.

Donald Trump loves golf. He loves to play it, buy it, build it, and operate it. He owns 14 courses around the world and runs another five, all of which he insists are the best on the planet. He also claims he's a 3 handicap, almost never loses, and has won an astonishing 18 club championships.

How much of all that is true? Almost none of it, acclaimed sportswriter Rick Reilly reveals in this unsparing look at Trump in the world of golf.

Based on Reilly's own experiences with Trump as well as interviews with over 100 golf pros, amateurs, developers, and caddies, Commander in Cheat is a startling and at times hilarious indictment of Trump and his golf game. You'll learn how Trump cheats (sometimes with the help of his caddies and Secret Service agents), lies about his scores (the "Trump Bump"), tells whoppers about the rank of his courses and their worth (declaring that every one of them is worth $50 million), and tramples the etiquette of the game (driving on greens doesn't help). Trump doesn't brag so much, though, about the golf contractors he stiffs, the course neighbors he intimidates, or the way his golf decisions wind up infecting his political ones.

For Trump, it's always about winning. To do it, he uses the tricks he picked up from the hustlers at the public course where he learned the game as a college kid, and then polished as one of the most bombastic businessmen of our time. As Reilly writes, "Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man." Commander in Cheat "paints a side-splitting portrait of a congenital cheater" (Esquire), revealing all kinds of unsightly truths Trump has been hiding.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

An eye-watering account of the president's abuse of the rules of golf....[an] unrelenting hatchet job. The Times (London)
“Eye-popping.” Los Angeles Times
“Filled with vivid allegations about Trump’s cheating.” Washington Post
Building on his firsthand experience by interviewing scores of golf pros, caddies, and opponents, Reilly paints a side-splitting portrait of a congenital cheater. Esquire
“Assails Trump’s ‘ethics deficit.’" Associated Press
Stunning -- and damning. Golf Digest
"An incredibly creative book, regardless what you think of President Trump, regardless of where you are on the political spectrum. It takes us places behind the press conferences and the staged interviews….It take us into Trump’s past, places where there were no cameras, no speech writers, no handlers, no aides." Providence Journal
Reilly uses golf to reveal larger truths. Or, in this case, lies. Arizona Republic
Great writing...If you really don't like Trump, this is your perfect book. Chris Matthews, MSNBC’s Hardball
“How golf explains life and reveals character, particularly when the golfer under consideration is Donald Trump…Since Reilly takes golf more seriously than politics, making ‘golf terrible again’ is the worst sin of all, but it’s one that explains so many others.” Kirkus Reviews
Sportswriting can be a lens into any part of our culture, and [Commander in Cheat] proves my point... a clever way to make sense of White House chaos. The Week
There's a new tell-all book about the president...The specific anecdotes are where Commander in Cheat really takes off. The Late Show
Commander in Cheat is one of the most surprising pieces of muckraking of the Trump era....Reilly's right to say Trump sees a golf course like he does the Oval Office...Every one of Trump's most disgusting qualities surfaces in golf. The Ringer
The latest anti-Trump exposé isn't about Russia collusion, his taxes or his tweets. It's about his favorite pastime....Delve[s] into allegations the president isn't always honest out on the course. Fox News
Brilliant...Very, very funny when it comes to the details of what Donald Trump does....[Commander in Cheat is] the great Father's Day Book. Laurence O'Donnell, MSNBC's The Last Word




Author Bio: Rick Reilly

Author Bio: Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly, screenwriter and author, worked for years for Sports Illustrated and ESPN. In addition to being voted the NSMA National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times, he has also been recognized with the Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. USA Today called him, “the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star.”

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 7.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English