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Commander in Cheat - Rick Reilly

Commander in Cheat

By Rick Reilly

  • Release Date: 2019-04-02
  • Genre: Golf
Score: 4
From 355 Ratings


"Reilly pokes more holes in Trump's claims than there are sand traps on all of his courses combined. It is by turns amusing and alarming."-- The New Yorker
"Golf is the spine of this shocking, wildly humorous book, but humanity is its flesh and spirit." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Every one of Trump's most disgusting qualities surfaces in golf." -- The Ringer

An outrageous indictment of Donald Trump's appalling behavior when it comes to golf -- on and off the green -- and what it reveals about his character.
Donald Trump loves golf. He loves to play it, buy it, build it, and operate it. He owns 14 courses around the world and runs another five, all of which he insists are the best on the planet. He also claims he's a 3 handicap, almost never loses, and has won an astonishing 18 club championships.

How much of all that is true? Almost none of it, acclaimed sportswriter Rick Reilly reveals in this unsparing look at Trump in the world of golf.

Based on Reilly's own experiences with Trump as well as interviews with over 100 golf pros, amateurs, developers, and caddies, Commander in Cheat is a startling and at times hilarious indictment of Trump and his golf game. You'll learn how Trump cheats (sometimes with the help of his caddies and Secret Service agents), lies about his scores (the "Trump Bump"), tells whoppers about the rank of his courses and their worth (declaring that every one of them is worth $50 million), and tramples the etiquette of the game (driving on greens doesn't help). Trump doesn't brag so much, though, about the golf contractors he stiffs, the course neighbors he intimidates, or the way his golf decisions wind up infecting his political ones.

For Trump, it's always about winning. To do it, he uses the tricks he picked up from the hustlers at the public course where he learned the game as a college kid, and then polished as one of the most bombastic businessmen of our time. As Reilly writes, "Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man." Commander in Cheat "paints a side-splitting portrait of a congenital cheater" (Esquire), revealing all kinds of unsightly truths Trump has been hiding.


  • Commander in Cheat

    By Hi Handicap
    Golf reveals a lot about the people who play it. Donald Trump doesn’t just cheat at golf (not a crisis) but he cheats at life, he cheats people, he cheats business partners, and the common denominator is everyone he cheats is someone he can bully. The book is funny, insightful, and confirms what you know about Trump if you’ve watched the news in the last 20 years. He is a terrible person in general and the way he plays golf combined with his golf dealings put his worst characteristics on full display - as if to assume he has any good characteristics.
  • When nobody’s looking

    By Dad'sTv
    My Dad was a scratch golfer (0) handicap. Fondest memories playing with him. Even when nobody was watching he was always honest and adhered to golf etiquette. He taught me it was a gentleman’s game. Miss you pop.
  • Commander in Cheat

    By Bethany Panda
    Very revealing and a fun read
  • The best

    By 📵📵📵📵Apple📵📵📵📵Sux
    Love it
  • Tony

    By t parr
    A very easy read. Throughly enjoyed it. Explains Trump to a tee ! Thanks Rick
  • Outstanding Book!

    By Marty's Genius
    My husband and I love this book!!! The author writes so that it is very fun and easy to read. He provides many excellent quotes along with some good humor. Outstanding read!!!
  • C’mon man, lighten up

    By John Lawless
    Rick is personally affected by the Trump Presidency and used his immense talent to write a book that is petty and angry. I’ve enjoyed his writing and books for years. This one is pithy and as shallow as a Trump divot which would hold the integrity he utilized authoring this book. I want my money back Rick!
  • Terrible book

    By Aaronisadub
    This book is written by another desperate person who cannot get over the election of 2016.
  • Seriously?

    By BOC me262
    This book is a waste of paper.
  • All you need to know

    Unless you’re one of the MAGAs, you will no doubt read this and know for certain Donald Trump is exactly what you knew all along. A lying, deceitful, narcissistic moron. I’ve read all of Reilly’s stuff and this one doesn’t take a back seat to any of the others. Well done Rick and thank you for this insightful, though not terribly surprising read.