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A very interesting biography. It goes a long way to explaining Melania Trump's unblinking rise to become The First Lady. She falls into the troughs of almost porn modelling, being filmed with another naked female model in suggestive and frankly sexual poses. She also comes across as an introverted, repressed female, quite correct in her behaviour, not going out to 'kick up the traces' very often, very aware of her beauty, appearance and bearing. An enigma: associating and marrying a man who, quite frankly, treats females as pieces of candy for the taking, while attending to her parents and Barron with elegant aplomb. She gives her country broad smiles, and pleasant looks when she wants to, and at other times, standing beside the President with scowls and what seems like anger, even refusing to take his hand. (I must say the President and the First Lady do look silly holding hands all the time: she is nearly 50 and he is 75, and they are no Darby and Joan! I am glad I read this book - it's a winner!
Melania Trump, as First Lady, is something of a throwback to an earlier era. According to this book, she's also a loner who is fiercely devoted to her son and parents; a woman who exaggerates her accomplishments; a buttoned-up, close-mouthed person who drops people when she moves on to each new phase in her life; and someone who enjoys working with children and values her independence. The book is copiously footnoted, balanced, and well-written -- the author does a good job of researching her subject. But ultimately, it's just not that interesting, which is fitting because honestly, Melania isn't that interesting either.
The book was written well enough, but added nothing new to the conversation. Everything was already known and reported on already. I was hoping for some actual insight into the person, motivations, et al. I didn’t get it.
What was interesting to me was how Melania is a willing partner, not the sad person of the "Free Melania" memes. But the book itself is quite short. My Kindle says only about 60% is the actual story, the rest is reference notes. So it's not really worth the cost.