‘I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,’ the president tweeted in the early hours of this morning. ‘In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.’

For sure, Cockburn is a touch suspicious about the timing of the New York Times’s Bolton bombshell last night, despite the former national security adviser’s fervent denial that he’d coordinated with the paper. But perhaps more interesting is the president’s put-down that Bolton only claimed aid to Ukraine was predicated on investigations into the Bidens was ‘only to sell a book’.

As Cockburn has mentioned before, the president himself isn’t much of a book reader. That doesn’t keep him from his real literary passion though: publicizing them. Shouldn’t Bolton have known that the only respectable way to sell a book is to get Trump to tweet about it?


Want to join the president’s book club? Here’s a run-down of all his favorites from the last year. See if you can spot any common themes…

Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton’s Failed Campaign and Donald Trump’s Winning Strategy by Doug Wead

The Case for Trump by Victor Davis Hanson

Our Lost Declaration: America’s Fight Against Tyranny from King George to the Deep State by Sen. Mike Lee

Rebuilding Sergeant Peck: How I Put Body and Soul Back Together After Afghanistan, by John Peck, Dava Guerin and Terry Bivens

Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery by Sen. Tom Cotton

Unfreedom of the Press by Mark Levin

The Real Deal: My Decade Fighting Battles and Winning Wars with Trump by George A. Sorial and Damian Bates

Power Grab: The Liberal Scheme to Undermine Trump, the GOP, and Our Republic by Jason Chaffetz

Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino

Taken for Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed by Gianno Caldwell

Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump by George Papadopoulos

Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency by Andrew C. McCarthy

Still Winning: Why America Went All In on Donald Trump-And Why We Must Do It Again by Charles Hurt

Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left’s Plot to Remake America by Judge Jeanine Pirro

Paloma Wants to be Lady Freedom by Rachel Campos-Duffy

Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America by Kimberly Strassel

Witch Hunt: The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History by Gregg Jarrett

The Case Against Socialism by Sen. Rand Paul

The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History by Lee Smith

Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us by Donald Trump Jr.

Exonerated: The Failed Takedown of President Donald Trump by the Swamp by Dan Bongino

What Really Happened: How Donald J. Trump Saved America From Hillary Clinton by Howie Carr

The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free by Rich Lowry

With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace by Nikki Haley

The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get: An Entrepreneur’s Memoir by Joe Ricketts

Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story of His Presidency by Doug Wead

The Long Game: A Memoir by Sen. Mitch McConnell

Restoring Our Republic: The Making of the Republic and How We Reclaim It Before It’s Too Late by Ned Ryun

There are also a few tomes which unreservedly aren’t on Trump’s list. They include…

Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House by Cliff Sims


Michael Cohen’s book (which is yet to be published)

TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald by Timothy L. O’Brien

Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manginault Newman

A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker