Free, Melania : the unauthorized biography / Kate Bennett
Book | Flatiron Books | 2019 | First edition.
11 holds on first copy returned of 7 copies

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First edition.
x, 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
"...An insider's look at Melania Trump, from her childhood in Slovenia to her days in the White House, and everything in between." -- inside front jacket flap.
"Melania Trump is an enigma. A former model whose beauty in person leaves people breathless; a woman whose upbringing in a communist country spurred a relentless drive for stability, both for herself and for her family; a reluctant pillar in a controversial presidential administration who speaks five languages and runs the East Wing like none of her predecessors ever could--underestimate her at your own peril (as a former government official did and was summarily fired). But who is she really? In [this book] we get an insider look at Melania Trump, from her childhood in Slovenia to her days in the White House and everything in between. We see the Trump family dynamics that Melania has had to navigate, including her strained relationship with lvanka. We get a rare glimpse into what goes into her famous and sometimes infamous clothing choices, and how a publicly quiet Melania actually speaks very loudly--if you just know where, and how, to listen. And we get a behind-the-scenes look at her often eyebrow-raising relationship with Donald Trump, from their beginnings to becoming the most unusual first family in modern history. Looking at Melania in the pantheon of historic first ladies, Kate Bennett shows just how different Melania Trump is and why she matters. Bennett, an expert on first ladies, has unparalleled access to Melania's very small and loyal inner circle. As she shows in this page-turning book, the seemingly most reluctant first lady is, in many ways, the most compelling and complex first lady, ever."--Dust jacket.
The speech -- The reluctant campaigner -- The tape -- The girl from Slovenia -- The Donald -- The girlfriend -- The business of becoming Mrs. Donald Trump -- The wedding of the century -- Family first, first family -- Just Melania -- The White House -- A most independent First Lady -- Cordial, not close -- The firing squad -- The East Wing, the White House's tightest ship -- The marriage -- A room of her own -- A health crisis -- The fashion -- The Melania effect.
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