It is not too cynical to suggest that non-fiction writers write for money and publicity. The first reason is obvious, and the second is vital to one’s career and future book sales. If one has the ability to produce a book quickly covering a subject of topical interest, then success is almost assured. This particular work is on a Best Seller list. Currently there are two literary streams in great demand, Love Trump and Hate Trump. This work suggests the latter.
I am not familiar with Ms Ward or her work, but her writing style suggests journalism. The prose is clipped and reads as if it has been proof read by a lawyer. Obviously if you are doing a hatchet job on people as wealthy as the Kushner’s, you had better be careful what you say.
Taking the book at face value, I hoped to fill in the background of Trump/Kushner et al headlines, and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, the book could also be a work of fiction. Every time a disparaging remark was quoted to confirm an allegation, the source was anonymous cloaked in the expression “….said a source close to …” etc. I did in fact record all the instances of this subterfuge I encountered. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest that they could be found every 10 lines.
If one removed all the disparaging comments that were not supported by a named individual, there would be nothing left.
The animosity towards the Kushner family is palpable, it hints at jealousy. Even how many times Ivanka Kushner has her hair done is criticized, but then these things seem to resonate with middle aged women writers.
If you are familiar with Ms Ward and accept her uncorroborated statements as fact, then you will enjoy her latest work. It is fast-paced, easy to read and throws an unforgiving light on the activities of the Trump White House.