In 2018, political tell-all books are publishing faster than most readers can keep up. Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury roared out of the gate in January, inciting a flurry of missives about President Trump and his associates. Next on the docket is Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family, a dishy inside look at the COPOTUS (that is, the children of POTUS).
The book comes from Emily Jane Fox, a reporter for Vanity Fair’s The Hive, who spent the better part of a year following Ivanka Trump and her siblings before signing a highly anticipated book deal. Fox spoke to more than 150 of the elder Trump children’s friends, business associates, and former classmates to put together an intimate portrait of the people America thought they knew.
The result is both entertaining and eye-opening, serving up never-before-heard stories on everything from the Trump kids’ college fraternity hijinks to a massive blowout fight on the top of Aspen Mountain that could only be described as Housewives-ian. You can purchase a copy here, and study up on everything you should know below.
None of the family expected Trump to win the election
This is a narrative that has been told countless times, but Born Trump reiterates it from the point of view of the Trump children and everything they had planned for Nov. 9, 2016 — which of course had to be thrown out the window. Ivanka Trump had planned on getting back to work at her fashion brand the next day. Her husband, Jared Kushner, had his eyes set on a reputation-recovery tour, convincing current and potential business partners that they should disassociate themselves from the campaign. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump were brai