April 9, 2020
Get ready for some hot new literature to enliven your shelter-in-place experience. An unauthorized biography of America’s First Lady, entitled “The Art of Her Deal”—which draws upon more than 100 interviews with people who claim to know “the inside dirt”–will be released on June 16 by Simon & Schuster.
The real Melania Trump is far more interesting than the image that many people have of her,” says Mary Jordan, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and national political correspondent for The Washington Post, who just finished the life story of the relatively tight-lipped FLOTUS. .
According to an interview with Jordan posted by USA Today and The Associated Press, the author says the president’s wife is all-in on our husband’s re-election and future legacy. “[Melania] is already gearing up for 2020, and she wants to win as much as her husband does .”
“The picture is one of a woman who is savvy, steely, ambitious, deliberate, and who plays the long game,” according to an announcement on April 8 from the publisher. “With the help of key people who speak publicly for the first time and never-before-seen documents and tapes, ‘The Art of Her Deal’ paints a surprising portrait of a determined immigrant and the life she had before she met Donald Trump.”
Interestingly enough, Jordan began working on the book in 2015, USA Today reports—well before Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election. She investigated everything from Melania Knauss’ childhood in Slovenia to her years as a model to her relationship with her husband. Jordan said in a statement that she found Melania Trump, often portrayed as a reluctant first lady, far more ambitious politically than commonly believed.
A Simon & Schuster spokesperson told the news outlet that, while Jordan has interviewed Melania Trump in her capacity as a Post reporter, the White House declined her request to speak with her for the book or to respond to written questions.
Research contact: @USATODAY