Monday, July 18, 2016

The Art of the Squeal


The big story today so far, coinciding with the opening of the GOP convention in Cleveland, is this piece from The New Yorker's Jane Mayer profiling ghostwriter Tony Schwartz, a man who regrets to the nth degree he ever got involved with the Talking Yam, aka Donald Trump.

The Art of the Deal, which Schwartz ghostwrote for Trump, was a huge bestseller in the late 1980s, and it helped put Donald Trump into national prominence, unfortunately. Prior to that, he was just another rich guy developer who was born with a silver spoon up his ass. Without the book, we would have been spared the abomination we have now.

So what does Schwartz say about "The Donald"?

Schwartz thought about publishing an article describing his reservations about Trump, but he hesitated, knowing that, since he’d cashed in on the flattering “Art of the Deal,” his credibility and his motives would be seen as suspect. Yet watching the campaign was excruciating. Schwartz decided that if he kept mum and Trump was elected he’d never forgive himself. In June, he agreed to break his silence and give his first candid interview about the Trump he got to know while acting as his Boswell.

“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”

Stay tuned.


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