Apprentice in Wonderland: How Donald Trump and Mark Burnett Took America Through the Looking Glass (Hardcover)

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From the editor in chief of Variety and author of the New York Times bestseller Ladies Who Punch, the never-fully-told, behind-the-scenes story of Donald Trump and The Apprentice, the long-running reality series that catapulted him to the White House.

Here for the first time is the definitive untold story of Donald Trump’s years as a reality TV star. Trump himself admits he might not have been president without The Apprentice. Now, just as he uncovered the chaos inside the daytime favorite The View in his bestselling Ladies Who Punch, Ramin Setoodeh chronicles Trump’s dramatic tenure as New York’s ultimate boss in the boardroom, a mirage created by Survivor producer Mark Burnett and NBC boss Jeff Zucker. With unprecedented access, including hours of interviews with Trump, his boardroom advisers George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher, Eric Trump, and some of the most memorable contestants, and writing with flair and authority, Setoodeh shares all the untold tales from this legendary show that has left its mark on popular culture, shaped the legend of its star, and ultimately changed American history.

About the Author

Ramin Setoodeh is Variety's co-editor in chief and the author of the New York Times bestselling book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View." In 2018, Setoodeh was named entertainment journalist of the year by the Los Angeles Press Club. He previously worked as a senior writer for Newsweek and the Daily Beast. He lives in New York. 

Praise For…

“[A] witty, dogged and often sobering analysis of the “Apprentice” franchise and Trump . . . . What’s fascinating here is how effectively Setoodeh demonstrates that Trump is still drunk on celebrity nostalgia . . . . In the end, Apprentice in Wonderland does the impossible: It makes me pity Donald Trump.” — Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“For his deeply reported and revealing look at the pivotal moment in the former President’s career, Setoodeh interviewed Trump six times between 2021 and 2023 and talked to a wide swathe of the industry professionals and celebrities all circling the show’s orbit.” — Rolling Stone

“The journalist who has interviewed Donald Trump more than any other since Trump left office isn’t Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, or that guy who’s dating Marjorie Taylor Greene. It’s Ramin Setoodeh . . . . What Setoodeh instantly found most remarkable was how obsessive Trump himself was about the show and how eager he was to talk about it: Setoodeh would end up doing six interviews with Trump about The Apprentice, interviews that typically went for hours with Trump watching and narrating old clips deep into the night.” — Will Leitch, New York Magazine

“[Ramin Setoodeh’s] new book explores the twisted alliances, nutty gambles, and reality TV distortions that—for better or much, much worse—brought Donald Trump roaring back into the public eye.” — Vanity Fair

“A new book about The Apprentice reveals how the 45th president was shaped by tawdry reality-TV culture.” — McKay Coppins, The Atlantic

Apprentice in Wonderland, examines the reality TV rise of the man who went on to be 45th president and the cultural impact of the show—with plenty of celebrity anecdotes along the way.” — New York Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063139909
ISBN-10: 0063139901
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 18th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English