Donald Trump’s political ascendancy has generated a number of books by a range of authors—journalists, commentators, even comic-strip creators—all seeking to explain, in one way or another, the rise of this most unusual of U.S. presidential candidates. Here are some of our recent favorites:

Mark Singer, a longtime staff writer with The New Yorker, has a handwritten note from Trump calling him “a total loser.” Singer counts this among his proudest possessions. He profiled Trump 19 years ago in a piece that still stands as one of the most insightful portraits written about the man. In Trump and Me, Singer repackages the article with more recent material. He spoke at Politics & Prose in early July, in conversation with fellow magazine staff writer Jane Mayer. A video of the event can be seen here.

David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist, has put together an in-depth account of the mogul’s life in The Making of Donald Trump. Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, Johnston, who has covered Trump for years, recounts The Donald’s successes, troubles, and controversies. Johnston appears at P&P on August 25 at 7 p.m.

Another extensively researched biography also has just been produced by a team of Washington Post reporters, editors, and researchers, led by investigative political reporter Michal Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher. Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power delves into many aspects of Trump’s life. Kranish and Fisher are scheduled for an event at Politics & Prose on November 5 at 6 p.m., just a few days before the presidential vote.

As a bombastic, larger-than-life figure, Trump in many ways has been a gift to humorists. Yet few can claim to have spotted his comedic potential earlier than Doonesbury comic-strip creator Garry Trudeau, who started lampooning Trump in 1987. Trudeau’s new book, Yuge!, collects 30 years of subsequent coverage. The celebrated cartoonist will be signing copies of his book at Politics & Prose on August 29 at 4 p.m.

As for the campaign itself, we’ll be reviving a P&P tradition of holding a viewing in the store of the televised presidential debates, starting with the first debate on September 26 at 9 p.m. Please come join us.

— Brad and Lissa

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Monday, August 29, 4 p.m.


Trump first announced that he was available to run for president back in 1987. While most people may have not have taken the news seriously, Trudeau sensed the significance of the moment. He also knew a character with comedic potential when he saw one, and he incorporated Trump into the Doonesbury dramatis personae. Showcasing Trump’s unwitting comic-strip career, this collection of Doonesbury strips from the late 1980s to 2016 shows us how little Trump has changed over the years.



The Sharing Economy

Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.

Arun Sundararajan

Examining a wide range of peer-to-peer enterprises, Sundararajan shows how information-based ways of organizing services are causing a paradigm shift not just in individual markets but in our very notion of work. A professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and a frequent commentator on the sharing economy, Sundararajan assesses the strengths and weaknesses of existing models including Airbnb, Lyft, TaskRabbit, France’s BlaBlaCar, China’s Didi Kuaidi, and India’s Ola, and speculates about whether crowd-based capitalism will make everyone a potential entrepreneur, independent and flexible, or if it will merely replicate the disenfranchisement of contract work.



Don't Miss

Tuesday, August 30, 7 p.m.

Neely Tucker

A staff writer at The Washington Post Sunday Magazine and author of the memoir, Love in the Driest Season, Tucker is also the creator of Sully Carter, a former war correspondent now covering the local D.C. news—and solving some tough mysteries while he’s at it. Following The Ways of the Dead and Murder, D.C., Carter’s third case starts with a shooting in the Capitol. With the shooter still at large, Carter, an eye-witness, files a detailed story—and becomes the suspect’s next target, even as he traces the assailant back to Oklahoma and discovers a number of details that explain, and complicate, the man’s actions. Tucker will be in conversation with Tayla Burney, a producer on The Kojo Nnamdi Show


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Short Stories in Translation: Only about three percent of books published in the United States are translated. Join us to discuss three stories in translation and the questions surrounding the art of translation and the international literary community.

Unpacking the Personal Essay: We carry around a lifetime of memories—suitcases that are waiting to be unpacked on the page. Join this workshop to learn how to create compelling narratives and learn the new innovations in the contemporary personal essay.

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Sunday, October 16, 8 a.m.


We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy spring blossoms and explore the house known worldwide as a feat of architectural achievement.


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Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.

Jay McInerney at Bucks Fishing and Camping



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Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m.

jeffrey yoskowitz and liz alpern at Sixth & I



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ian mcewan at Sixth & I



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alan cumming at Sixth & I


Children & Teens

Wednesday, September 7, 7 p.m.

Ahdieh and Tahir

In Tahir’s sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, Laia and Elias escape the devastating rebellion being staged by the Scholars. Branded as traitors and on the run, the two must also find a way to elude Elias’s mother and Emperor Marcus while attempting to rescue Laia’s brother. The Rose and the Dagger continues Ahdieh’s retelling of The Arabian Nights and details Shahrzad’s quest to break the curse that holds her husband, Khalid, in thrall. Reunited with her family but held captive by her fears for the future, she must outwit a former flame, who now leads a movement to overthrow Caliph Khalid, and discover powers within herself that she never thought could exist. For ages 14 and up.



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