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Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  33 reviews

The first behind-the-scenes look at the life of the most enigmatic First Lady in U.S. history

Melania Trump is an enigma. Regardless of your political leanings, she is fascinating—a First Lady who, in many ways, is the most modern and groundbreaking in recent history. A former model whose beauty in person leaves people breathless, a woman whose upbringing in a communist

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Flatiron Books
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Dec 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really don't care, do u?
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting look at this enigmatic woman. Her relationship with Trump is almost impossible to comprehend and while she has some admirable qualities, he almost epitomizes the seven deadly sins, so perhaps her one obvious vice is greed. It seems the only explanation.
Jill Meyer
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think most people have a confused view of First Lady Melania Trump. Is she a shy immigrant woman, married to Donald Trump, who stays in the background, living with her parents and son? Or is she her husband’s partner in his campaigning and her position as FLOTUS? Not much actually has been written on Melania Trump, until this biography of her, “Free, Melania”, by journalist Kate Bennett. I’m not sure why the comma has been inserted in the title, but it was obviously done at Kate Bennett’s ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite fascinating. Melania comes off better than you’d expect despite having married a monster.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A fair biographical take on a first lady. I left the book not feeling any different about Melania than I did prior to reading it. I don't have any feelings good or bad about her. I sincerely doubt, however, that she will go down in history as having any impact whatsoever as a first lady. I find her marriage, such as it is, to the president as one of convenience, benefiting them both for various reasons. I don't see this union as one of love and respect at all, but, as I said conveniently ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A fair and impartial treatment of the First Lady. Unfortunately, she is not that interesting a personna. And worse, I kept having nightmares about her husband while reading this acccount.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
For a book that frequently points out how the First Lady is misunderstood and a complex, calculating woman, the facts in the book portray her as she is most commonly viewed, with little to no complexity and pretty much the same as any millionaire’s third wife. It just seems a little ridiculous to talk about how complex a person she is and then designate a third of the book to describing what she wore to certain events.
Donna Hines
Trust actions not words and never be fooled! As you may or may not know : Even fool's gold shines!
Or in other words, “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?”- is not something you should wear when trying to make a statement on being 'best'.
Truth be told if you've not read my profile in its entirety please do and come back and we'll chat.
Ok, for starters I have experience in dealing with toxicity concerning those on the DSM manual dealing and personality trait disordered individuals.
While I wish we can all
Daniella Young
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Well-written and entertaining, and not overtly biased or political, even though the author is clearly not a Donald Trump fan. In fact, the concept of the whole books is about showing who the first lady is, independent of her mogul husband--something that actually sets Melania quite apart from many other past first ladies.

Melania is a woman whose ultimate life goals were always to be a trophy, sexpot wife and a mother, check and check. As such, she will always remain in some ways impossible to
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, anyone rating this book based on their feelings about the current residents of the White House instead of on the book is being pretty unfair.
I am not a fan of the current residents of the White House (vote, people!). However, I've often been curious about the First Lady, wondering if she is a victim of circumstance, a prisoner of sorts. This book shed a lot of light on Melania, who has lived her life very privately while in the public eye. There are things I learned about Melania
Budd Margolis
Kate Bennett's best line: And with each swat, poke, nudge, and pout, she becomes more and more a memorable and independent first lady.

But this falls short in depth except when fashion and its vital importance to the Nation are discussed. In fact, Kate should skip the White House assignment and head into the world of fashionistas. Some detail about previous first lady impact on fashion and trends, she buys from Net-a-Porter and was a QVC designer and supplier, has several fav designers but also
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book in two sittings and decided that this book would be my first where I take the time to write a review simply because some reviewers are so obviously biased that their takeaways and comments I’d rate quite poorly.

So firstly I’d start off with stating that my political opinion is that instead of people focusing on such a visible short term occupant to “blame” or “thank” for American policies, they should instead open their eyes to the lifers acting behind the curtain that move
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Free, Melania by Kate Bennet – 5 STARS, a totally enjoyable read and interesting look into the woman, Melania Trump. Melania was born in Slovenia, the former Yugoslavia, during the Soviet era. I remember those days well. Everything was GRAY and depressing, in Moscow, never mind Slovenia. Melania’s mom was a pattern maker in a children’s clothing factory. And she enjoyed making clothes for little Melania and her older sister, Ines. Melania discovered from a young age, that a little flower, pretty ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
Bennett is a professional reporter who was assigned to cover Melania Trump for years and I, foolishly, expected objective reporting. This is a love letter to Melania - poor lady, no one helped her on the convention speech, but she did not want help because she is so smart and can do it herself. No one checked it because she, like her husband, is strong and knows everything. She INADVERTLY used some words from another speech. And she felt awful about it afterward. [reviewer note: NEVER A WORD OF ...more
Phyllis Fredericksen
I had to admit I was curious so borrowed this from the library. The author is a CNN reporter who covers the First Lady. It appears to be an even account of the third Mrs Trump. A woman who knows what she wants and gets it. No stunning secrets revealed, except that the author firmly believes Melania gives voice to how she’s feeling through her choices in clothes. The author states that FLOUTUS has a devoted staff that is very well organized with no significant changes since they came to the White ...more
Karen Adkins
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Given that Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets a full paragraph of warm praise in the acknowledgements, I'm not really sure this book is all that unauthorized. Its central thesis--that Melania is "wickedly smart" and "totally authentic"--seems like the intentional fallacy in action, proven by endlessly reading her actions in the most charitable fashion possible, and ignoring all actions or events, no matter how public, that suggest a complication. (For instance, would someone who's totally ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was concerned at first that this would turn out to be a huge hateful narrative about our FLOTUS. I am thrilled that it wasn't. The author pulled no punches about some of the POTUS bone headed shenanigans but she dealt gracefully with the life that Melania Trump has. She actually had many things to say that I had been saying myself about how the FLOTUS is treated by others, as if they are going to punish her because he said or did something that hurt their little egos or feelings or was just ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I fear being judged for even picking up this book, but I was riveted the entire time. Bennett has followed Melania Trump exclusively since day one and I have the impression it’s a thankless job because whatever the president does overshadows it. Bennett doesn’t necessarily paint a positive portrait of Melania, but a thought provoking one. As a book it’s well written and structured. I appreciate the number plus references to how other First Ladies did things and contextual comparisons. There’s ...more
Kathie Kuehl
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Fast read. Interesting but superficial. I do think the book gave a balanced view. Melania is a very private and aloof individual...not much for a biographer to go on. What a strange marriage! I think Melania must be a lonely person. Even with her wealth, beauty and privilege, I feel sorry for her. I don’t think she has a lot of happiness in her life. Despite all of her comments and actions through which she conveys that criticism and snubs do not bother her, I am sure that they sometimes do... ...more
Mary Beth
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
I wanted to like this book, and the author’s admiration of her subject comes through. Ultimately, though, I learned little ... and what I did learn didn’t help me understand the author’s admiration for her subject. The subject comes across as a rather calculating woman who is fully supportive of her husband. So?
Kathleen Rak
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This book provided some insight into the First Lady; however, in some cases the book seemed repetitive with the author occasionally almost gushing over the subject. I was hoping for a more nuanced and informative read. I certainly discovered more about Melania, but not enough more to recommend this title unless specifically asked about it
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mom-books
Read this and it made me think about the Presidency and the First Lady from a more personal standpoint. I am glad I am not under the spotlight of the media for every little interaction. The author had little respect for the president, but supports his wife.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Should have known. Very superficial, author more obsessed with fashion than the subject, possibly. No real insights here.
Peggy McCoy
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
I kept waiting for something interesting, something engaging, some evidence that Melanie was somehow worth reading about... sadly, I waited in vain.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well researched and a fun read on a truly unique First Lady. Recommend!
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised I liked it as well as I did Author is not too impressed with Ivanka.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
She keeps her own counsel.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book was not what I expected. I wondered why Kate Bennett wrote a book about Melania Trump when she seemed to compare Melania to Michelle Obama throughout the book?
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Jean Brown
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars...
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