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Melania & Me Reviews

Melania & Me by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

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2 reviews

Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 1 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781398501218

A remarkable portrait of First Lady Melania Trump from one of her closest friends

3 stars out of 5
Harriet Alexander
2 Sep 2020

"a spectacular exercise in icy revenge"

Winston Wolkoff also savages Ivanka Trump, and writes gleefully about Operation Block Ivanka – her efforts to prevent the first daughter from muscling in on their affairs. It's an exhausting and angry book, which, amusing at first, dwells too long on the intricacies of her inauguration planning. It is furious and enraged, and doesn't make for pleasant reading. The book takes an axe – no, an ice pick – to Melania Trump as a smiling, serene, and kind person; a saintly figure within a war zone of a White House. “I know who I married,” she would frequently say. So, it seems, did he.   

Reviews

3 stars out of 5
29 Aug 2020

"It informs, but it lacks the bombshell revelations that can make this genre compelling or darkly entertaining"

Melania & Me amply conveys the tension between Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter with his first wife, and Melania, his third wife. It also provides a glimpse of Melania’s world in the aftermath of the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which Donald Trump boasted of grabbing women “by the pussy”. Between Melania and Ivanka, there is no love lost. Indeed, Wolkoff intimates that Ivanka helped sabotage Melania’s 2016 Republican convention speech, parts of which had been lifted from Michelle Obama.