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Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  4,356 ratings  ·  789 reviews
The former Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House provides an eye-opening look into the corruption and controversy of the current administration.

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned fifteen years—through four tele
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Audio CD, 320 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Simon Schuster Audio
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Fred Klein I'm reading the book now, and it's clear that she is not lying. At worst, she is telling what happened as she saw it. Perhaps others who were there wi…moreI'm reading the book now, and it's clear that she is not lying. At worst, she is telling what happened as she saw it. Perhaps others who were there will have seen it differently. I've disliked her for a long time, but, when I think about it, I can't remember her being dishonest. Nasty, yes. Unnecessarily provocative, yes. But I don't remember her actually lying.(less)

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Manny
Aug 14, 2018 marked it as not-to-read
Don't waste your money on this book. My own sensational tell-all memoir, Recycled: An Outsider's Account of Life with Trump, will offer twice as much dirt for half as many dollars! Here are just a few of the exclusive revelatory revelations I will exclusively reveal:

○ Donald Trump is not a very nice person.

○ Donald Trump has visited Russia. While he was in Russia he slept in a bed.

○ Donald Trump has been known to speak words. Certain of these words began with letters. Someone has a tape which pr
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Malia
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm in two minds about this book. On the one hand, it was compulsively readable; on the other it just felt unpleasant from start to finish. Omarosa Manigault-Newman is undoubtedly a narcissist and in that sense, well matched to the current president. On the other, she comes across as observant and far from stupid. In fact, I don't even think she is a liar (who needs to lie when the truth is stranger than fiction?!) I guess I just feel dissatisfied with the book mostly because I feel dissatisfied ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First I need to explain why I decided to read this book. I was in school when the Pope banned the Billy Joel song about Catholic girls start much to slow, which of course propelled all us young Catholics to run out and buy the record. So, the same thing here, so much fuss was being kicked up about this book, I thought there must be something explosive within. There wasn't.

There is nothing new here, nothing one hasn't heard before, if they read the papers or watch the news. If you are still a Tru
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Sarah
Let's be clear, Omarosa is not the hero of this story. She's self serving and was complicit in Trump's message and policies for a long time. But I was also struck while listening to this by how smart and shrewd she is and how much she has hustled to get to where she is in life. I was fascinated to hear about how she crafted her persona on The Apprentice and carefully observed Trump to emulate him and appeal to him. And I was touched by her story of rising out of poverty and the violence her fami ...more
Matt
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
At a time when political division and mud-slinging is at its height in America, I knew that pulling this book off the shelf may be an issue. Not only for me as a reader—forced to sit through more slanderous accounts of a man who lives for chaos—but also the blowback of some who will discover my current reading choice and eventual review. I left this book to steep for a while, though had a gap in my reading experience and chose to stick a toe out to test the waters of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s p ...more
Eddie S.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love or hate her, the book gives an 'honest' account. I like the book so far. I originally thought this book would be garbage, but it turned out to be really interesting. I think she plays oblivious about Trump's behavior and practices cognitive dissonance when she has to confront her complicity in hindsight. I'm not a Omarosa fan, but this book is filled with a lot of tea.

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Update: a few days later after completing the book.

I have to deduct her b
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Lois
This book is mostly about Omarosa's life. It's an easy and entertaining read.
I never watched The Apprentice though I did watch Celebrity Big Brother and liked Omarosa on there.
Honestly her coonery during the campaign bothered me. I'm not mad at her hu$tle but I don't like her talking badly about protestors.
The book doesn't fix that for me.
First she pretends that chump's campaign rallies weren't hot beds of racism where reporters and camera operators were treated to racist remarks. She tries to
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Daria Zeoli
This was surprisingly readable. Do I trust Omarosa? Not particularly. Do I understand how she can justify her fifteen years in Trumpworld? No. But, much as Fire & Fury did, this book compiled Trump’s “greatest hits” as a reminder that we must continue resisting and vote for change.
M
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omarosa has spilled the tea and stained the floor with it!

President Agent Orange has met his match in Omarosa Manigault Newman: an eye for an eye, a clown for a clown. When a reality tv host hires a reality tv star, this is what you get.

Only time will tell if her stories are credible, but some of the revolting and entertaining points of the book include:

-Omorosa admired Trump's business acumen and considered him a mentor. She blindly followed him and justified his racism, misogyny,homophobia (et
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Joe
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I think it's better sorted in the Autobiography section.
Weak writing, lots of 'straw man' arguments, 2nd/3rd hand accounts...
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David HK
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I never watched apprentice and knew practically nothing about Omarosa so I was able to approach this book with a clean slate so to speak. I don't really care about her reputation as I had always had an affinity toward the "villany" type of reality show contestant. My opinion of her after reading her book was although she strikes me as a cut throat drama queen with questionable scruples, (in my opinion, if she was truly outraged about the shanagans that were going on in the White House she would ...more
Elizabeth
Ok, so here's the thing: I've never liked Omarosa. I have to say that after I read the book, I have more compassion for the way that she rose out of poverty and worked hard to get where she is. She is vastly intelligent and the book is well-written.

That being said, the whole thing feels very "rats jumping off a sinking ship" to me. She openly acknowledged that she brushed off racist and misogynist things that he said around her, because he was her mentor. So you mean to tell me that she wants to
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Bettie
Randy Rainbow's Omarosa

You made me read you
I didn't want to do it
I didn't want to do it
You made me read you
And all the time you knew it
I guess you always knew it


Nope, cannot take it any more, not least because it is herself reading. This is the girl who cried wolf ratting on the boy who cried wolf - let 'em both be eaten, and please let it be soon. She furthers neither women nor people of colour, and she is devoid of ethics, morals, manners or decency and further dwindles any faith in politi
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Grady
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘He loved conflict, chaos, and confusion: he loved seeing people argue or fight.’

Omarosa Manigault Newman is the former Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in Donald Trump’s White House, and was an aide in the Office of Presidential Personnel and the Office of the Vice President in the Clinton White House. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Howard University School of Business. Prior to joining the Trump administration, Omarosa served as a chaplain in the Calif
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Owlseyes
Aug 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: you-are-fired
"She used to be a democrat....she's a liar, she's evil"
April Ryan, White House correspondent, since 1997
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Emma
Sep 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
The worst, but I am addicted to train wrecks.

Summary:
-Nothing was my fault
-I didn't do good work, but that is because others wouldn't let me
-I can't believe people didn't want to work with me, and how rude of them even though I knew I was working for a disaster of an administration
-I'm excited to put these personal attacks in parenthesis and share "insider information" because it makes everyone else look horrible and I can say I was above the fray

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Jean
This is a memoir. I am not sure what to make of this book. The author is articulate, well educated and has proof of her claims. In fact, she is the first opponent Trump has had that is fighting by his rules of engagement. The book reads like a novel but is published as a non-fiction. The author was the most powerful African American in the Trump White House. Newman describes the various obstacles she faced in her life because she is black and how she overcame them. She does point out her mistake ...more
Krystal
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omarosa brags that she is the female Donald Trump more than once in her book. I have mixed feelings about her, she is definitely a strong tough take no b.s kind of woman to look up to in that sense, I just hope she has more respect for people than Trump, I want to believe she does, but I can't help wonder if someone crosses her in the wrong way she will turn from a friend to foe who takes revenge.

Revenge seems like this is what Omarosa has done with Unhinged. She was a loyal supporter of Trump's
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Misfit
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glad I read this, but glad the library got it and I didn't have to line her pockets. IMHO, Omarosa white washes her own past in the administration, but at the same time she reveals the nasty underbelly as well. ...more
Marie
Aug 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Worst book of lying dribble ever written! Should have been named Ungrateful Omarosa is completely Unhinged!
Rick Slane
If you follow current events there are not sensational revelations here, but she tells her personal history and her history with Mr. Trump.
Erica Clou
This is mostly Omarosa’s memoir with a focus on her business and personal relationship with Donald Trump over the years.

The first half the book was well-written and compelling. The second half was basically a laundry list of the things that we all know Trump did. In general, it didn’t contain a lot of new information, but it seemed as neutral as anyone could possibly be on the topic of the 2016 Election and subsequent Trump administration. Omarosa was also on the Ready for Hilary campaign- and
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Fred Klein
I have disliked Omarosa since she first appeared on the original "Apprentice" and even more so when she appeared on "The Celebrity Apprentice" (loosely defining what a "celebrity" is to include her). She was Trumpian in the way she conducted herself, seeking attention by being aggressive and offensive. However, despite my disagreement with her conduct, I don't recall her out-and-out lying.

Early in this book, she explains why she acted that way. She knew she would not win the first season of "The
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Lorna Henson
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it!

Surprisingly engaging and well written. I was loving the gossipy nature of the story at first, but became increasingly sad as I read on. Omarosa was just another victim of DJT. Along with millions of others. Problem was, he couldn't play this playa! Give him hell, girl!
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SmarterLilac
Really quite awful. I'm no Trump supporter, but this book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, or couldn't figure out by myself. It felt very opportunistic, and isn't something I would recommend to anyone.

ETA: Trump fans? Don't 'like' my review, please. My comments aren't meant to praise or validate anything he is doing.
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melissa
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
I would want her on my team as opposed to my opponent’s team. At the same time, she quoted Project Veritas as a legitimate source, which makes me question her credulity.
Cristobal
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
True or fake, it was at least entertaining.
T.L. Hill
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Full of whining and excuses. Omarosa uses 334 pages to try and justify her reasons for kissing Donald Trump's ass for over 15 years. This book shows her for what she really is. A self-serving opportunist that vainly attempted to sell out her people for her own purposes. With every page, I dislike her more and more. ...more
Scott Rhee
I will preface this review by saying that I have never seen an episode of The Apprentice or Survival. Reality shows aren’t my thing (with the exception of Jersey Shore), but I certainly don’t judge people who watch them. (Well, okay, maybe a little...)

My reason for saying this is that I had no pre-conceived notions of Omarosa Manigault Newman prior to reading her tell-all anti-Trump book “Unhinged”. I knew close to nothing about her, other than the fact that she had been on the two afore-mention
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Barb
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Look, I don't know if a word of this is true or not. But it's well written and pretty damned entertaining, meaning it would be great TV if it weren't (possibly) the actual presidential administration of the actual United States of America. I give Omorosa great big props for being the one and only person to leave this White House and say, "I regret my role in this. I had a blind spot." I don't know if she's sincere but it's never easy to express regret. I do think that her stories about everyone, ...more
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Omarosa Manigault Newman is the former Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in Donald Trump’s White House, and was an aide in the Office of Presidential Personnel and the Office of the Vice President in the Clinton White House. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Howard University School of Business. Prior to joining the Trump administration, Omarosa served as a ch ...more

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