w, ghostwriter for Donald Trump’s 1987 best-selling autobiography, ‘The Art of the Deal,’ has come out saying that the book is all but a work of fiction.
In a new interview with The New Yorker magazine, Schwartz spoke out for the first time about the truth behind the book, which documents Trump’s success in the New York real estate industry in the 80s.
The book experienced a great reception when it first got published, spending 48 weeks on the Times best-seller list, 13 of which at No. 1, reports TNY. More than a million copies have reportedly been sold.
But now Schwartz could only speak of regret over how he had falsely painted the Republican presidential nominee in the most positive light.
‘I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is,’ Schwartz said in his interview.
The writer started interviewing and shadowing Trump in late 1985 and spent a total of 18 months documenting every detail of his life.
Schwartz shared that if he were to be writing ‘The Art of the Deal’ today, it would be a very different book with a very different title.
And hat he would call it? ‘The Sociopath,’ he said.
Schwartz also shared that in private, Trump is fidgety and ‘has no attention span.’
During their interviews for the writing of the book, Trump would become impatient and irritable after a short period of time, ‘like a kindergartner who can’t sit still in a classroom,’ Schwartz described.
Schwartz warned that Trump’s inability to concentrate would make him a disastrous President: ‘If he had to be briefed on a crisis in the Situation Room, it’s impossible to imagine him paying attention over a long period of time.’
He added that he believes Trump’s short attention span has left him with ‘a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance.’
‘That’s why he so prefers TV as his first news source—information comes in easily digestible sound bites,’ Schwartz explained. ‘I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life.’
Schwartz also called Trump out for being a habitual liar who has ‘a complete lack of conscience’ and whose need for attention is ‘completely compulsive.’
You can read the entire interview here.
Schwartz also appeared on Good Morning America to talk about the controversy.
H/t: The New York Times
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