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Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race - in a press conference attended by paid actors, in which he slandered Mexican immigrants - he has dominated headlines, becoming the unrestrained id at the center of one of the most bizarre and alarming elections in American history.

It was not always so. In 1996, longtime New Yorker writer Mark Singer was conscripted by his editor to profile Donald Trump. At that time Trump was a mere Manhattan-centric megalomaniac, a failing casino operator mired in his second divorce and (he claimed) recovering from the bankruptcy proceedings that prompted him to inventory the contents of his Trump Tower home. Conversing with Trump in his offices, apartments, cars, and private plane, Singer found himself fascinated with this man "who had aspired to and achieved the ultimate luxury, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul."

In Trump and Me, Singer revisits the profile and recounts how its publication lodged inside its subject's head as an enduring irritant - and how Singer ("A TOTAL LOSER!" according to Trump) cheerfully continued to bait him. He reflects on Trump's evolution from swaggering buffoon to potential threat to America's standing as a rational guardian of the world order. Heedlessly combative, equally adept at spewing insults and manipulating crowds at his campaign rallies, the self-proclaimed billionaire has emerged as an unlikely tribune of populist rage. All politics is artifice, and Singer marvels at how Trump has transfixed an electorate with his ultimate feat of performance art - a mass political movement only loosely tethered to reality.

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Mark Singer

Mark Singer is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and the author of "The Changing Landscape of Retirement - What You Don't Know Could Hurt You". He has been The Retirement Guide to thousands of investors for close to 25 years and is the creator of the Retirement Roadmap and the Financial Organizer System, both of which contribute to a solution to investors' greatest concerns - properly coordinating their financial affairs. These systems have become a primary resource for the people who have worked with Mark over the years. Mark is a frequent speaker at events in and around Boston, teaches for the non-profit Heartland Institute as a Certified Financial Educator (CFEd®) , and is the founder of the Greater Boston Corporate Wellness Forum. He was the host of television's long running program "Your Money Matters," as well as hosting "Retirement Corner" on WBOQ 104. 9 FM and "Retirement Strategies" on WESX 1230 AM radio. Mark also hosted "Your Financial Future" on Blogtalk Radio through the Diva Toolbox, where he shared his specific expertise in working with women on financial matters. Mark is a former columnist for the Money section of , a Boston area newspaper, and is a frequent contributor to various newspapers and other periodicals. He has shared his expertise nationally in interviews and appearances with , ABCNews. com, FoxNews. com, and Bloomberg Radio, as well as locally on NECN and WRKO. Mark is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Certified Financial Planning and of the International Society of Retirement Planning. Find Mark on Facebook at: and LinkedIn at:

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