Front Row at the Trump Show - Jonathan Karl

Front Row at the Trump Show

By Jonathan Karl

  • Release Date: 2020-03-31
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 194 Ratings


*The Instant New York Times Bestseller*

“A book historians will relish.”—Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

"Must read. I've read every book about the Trump presidency. This is the best."—Bill Press

An account like no other, from the White House reporter who has known President Donald Trump for more than 25 years.

We have never seen a president like this...norm-breaking, rule-busting, dangerously reckless to some and an overdue force for change to others. One thing is clear: We are witnessing the reshaping of the presidency.

Jonathan Karl brings us into the White House in a powerful book unlike any other on the Trump administration. He’s known and covered Donald Trump longer than any other White House reporter.  With extraordinary access to Trump during the campaign and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Karl delivers essential new reporting and surprising insights. 

These are the behind-the-scenes moments that define Trump’s presidency--an extraordinary look at the president, the person, and those closest to him. This is the real story of Trump’s unlikely rise; of the struggles and battles of those who work in the administration and those who report on it; of the plots and schemes of a senior staff enduring stunning and unprecedented unpredictability.

Karl takes us from a TV set turned campaign office to the strange quiet of Trump’s White House on Inauguration Day to a high-powered reelection campaign set to change the country’s course. He shows us an administration rewriting the role of the president on the fly and a press corps that has never been more vital. Above all, this book is only possible because of the surprisingly open relationship Donald Trump has had with Jonathan Karl, a reporter he has praised, fought, and branded an enemy of the people.

This is Front Row at the Trump Show.


  • Strongly Recommend!

    By The Jaycee Dugard story
    Appreciate Jon Karl’s candid and simple share of his experiences within the disastrous presidency term of Donald Trump. Well written. Appreciate the insight by a trusted veteran reporter in Karl.
  • Interesting backstories

    By Joel Cornfeld
    Karl views the Trump presidency with the fairness and objectivity of his trained journalistic eye. Also nice to see Trump called out on the facts, and interesting back stories of this bizarre few years. I hope it ends in November.
  • Front arrow Indeed!

    By Small town mover
    This is an insightful memoir of ABC News Whit House correspondent Jonathan Karl's years of interaction with Donald Trump in all his iterations. It's worth the read, especially in these days of almost constant exposure to the Trump Show in these COVID-19 days and run up to the November presidential election.
  • Eye opening true stories

    By CassLandy15
    As an avid viewer of ABC News, I’ve come to enjoy following what Jon Karl has to report. This book spoke to me, and assured me that as an average American: I am not crazy! This book and Jon’s experiences have validated how I feel about Trump and my perspective of how our country is currently. I love how Jon asks tough, blunt questions and has held his integrity intact. I highly recommend!
  • Great

    By hate rhat math
    Great great great
  • Incredible!

    By Artpeg
    Jon Karl’s behind the scenes view into the “world of Trump” is fascinating. Very helpful to have Karl’s historical perspective on people, places, and events as the Trump presidency unfolded. Thank god the American public has journalists with integrity asking tough questions of our elected officials!