Mar-A-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trumps Presidential Palace by Laurence LeamerWhere Trump Learned to Rule
To know Donald J. Trump it is best to start in his natural habitat: Palm Beach, Florida. It is here he learned the techniques that took him all the way to the White House. Painstakingly, over decades, he has created a world in this exclusive tropical enclave and favorite haunt of billionaires where he is not just president but a king. The vehicle for his triumph is Mar-A-Lago, one of the greatest mansions ever built in the United States. The inside story of how he became King of Palm Beach--and how Palm Beach continues to be his spiritual home even as president--is rollicking, troubling, and told with unrivaled access and understanding by Laurence Leamer.
In Mar-A-Lago, the reader will learn:
* How Donald Trump bought a property now valued by some at as much as $500,000,000 for less than three thousand dollars of his own money.
* Why Trump was blackballed by the WASP grandees of the island and how he got his revenge.
* How Trump joined forces with the National Enquirer, which was headquartered nearby, and engineered his own divorce.
* How by turning Mar-A-Lago into a private club, Trump was the unlikely man to integrate Palm Beachs restricted country club scene, and what his real motives were.
* What transpires behind the gates of todays Mar-A-Lago during the season, when President Trump and assorted D.C. power players fly down each weekend.
In addition to copious interviews and reporting from inside Mar-A-Lago, Laurence Leamer brings an acute and unparalleled understanding of the society of Palm Beach, where he has lived for twenty-five years. He has written an essential book for understanding Donald Trumps inner character.
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The president likes to call the Florida club and catering facility the "winter White House," and while that's just his nickname for the estate, there is some precedent for the moniker. Wyeth also designed the Florida governor's mansion in Tallahassee. Post willed her home to the American government upon her death with the intention that it be used as a warm-weather retreat for the president. Enter Donald Trump. But he persisted and the market slumped. Post's Washington, D.
The private quarters are just that -- private -- and reserved for just her, her husband and their son. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos This is how many Mar-a-Lago trips could pay for budget cuts The family compound of the Trump orbit at the approximately acre estate-turned-private club nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach, Florida, are relatively modest, as far as their homes go, according to a member familiar with the layout. The suites of rooms aren't vastly expansive in terms of square-footage -- tiny compared to the three floors of the Trump Tower family penthouse in Manhattan and a fraction of the four floors of the Executive Residence of the White House.
The woman who built Mar-a-Lago in the s and presided over it for almost half a century, Marjorie Merriweather Post, had gone to great lengths to turn the mansion into an official wintertime presidential retreat. But even extreme wealth has its limitations, as my visit to the Post Family Papers suggests. Her four husbands, her bountiful philanthropy, her megayacht, her grand balls, her jaw-dropping jewels—all are documented in the archives. Post herself explored the site of her future home, on 17 acres of scrub between Lake Worth and the Atlantic. This is a beautifully illustrated account of the three main homes of Marjorie Merriweather Post — , through the s to s. Even by Palm Beach standards, Mar-a-Lago was grandiose: 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms with gold-plated fixtures easier to clean, Post believed , an 1,square-foot living room with foot ceilings. Its , square feet glinted with gold leaf, Spanish tiles, Italian marble and Venetian silks.
During his time at the New York Military Academy , he lived on campus; he later rented row houses in college. In , Trump moved to a studio on 75th Street in Manhattan. Trump owns a six-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, California , which Trump had rarely used and had put on the market and rented out at different times. The mansion has an indoor pool of white marble on its first floor and sixty rooms, including thirteen bedrooms and twelve baths. Also on the property is a formal garden pavilion, a fountain in the front lawn, a greenhouse and root cellar, stone water tower, and a Tudor Revival house and courtyard known by the name of "Nonesuch". It was formerly the home of Eugene Meyer and his family, including Katharine Graham. In , Meyer had artist and architect Charles A.