Commander in Cheat - Rick Reilly

Commander in Cheat

By Rick Reilly

  • Release Date: 2019-04-02
  • Genre: Golf
4 Score: 4 (From 208 Ratings)


"Reilly pokes more holes in Trump's claims than there are sand traps on all of his courses combined. It is by turns amusing and alarming." -- The New Yorker
"Golf is the spine of this shocking, wildly humorous book, but humanity is its flesh and spirit." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Every one of Trump's most disgusting qualities surfaces in golf." -- The Ringer

An outrageous indictment of Donald Trump's appalling behavior when it comes to golf -- on and off the green -- and what it reveals about his character.
Donald Trump loves golf. He loves to play it, buy it, build it, and operate it. He owns 14 courses around the world and runs another five, all of which he insists are the best on the planet. He also claims he's a 3 handicap, almost never loses, and has won an astonishing 18 club championships.

How much of all that is true? Almost none of it, acclaimed sportswriter Rick Reilly reveals in this unsparing look at Trump in the world of golf.

Based on Reilly's own experiences with Trump as well as interviews with over 100 golf pros, amateurs, developers, and caddies, Commander in Cheat is a startling and at times hilarious indictment of Trump and his golf game. You'll learn how Trump cheats (sometimes with the help of his caddies and Secret Service agents), lies about his scores (the "Trump Bump"), tells whoppers about the rank of his courses and their worth (declaring that every one of them is worth $50 million), and tramples the etiquette of the game (driving on greens doesn't help). Trump doesn't brag so much, though, about the golf contractors he stiffs, the course neighbors he intimidates, or the way his golf decisions wind up infecting his political ones.

For Trump, it's always about winning. To do it, he uses the tricks he picked up from the hustlers at the public course where he learned the game as a college kid, and then polished as one of the most bombastic businessmen of our time. As Reilly writes, "Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man." Commander in Cheat "paints a side-splitting portrait of a congenital cheater" (Esquire), revealing all kinds of unsightly truths Trump has been hiding.


  • Terrible book

    By Aaronisadub
    This book is written by another desperate person who cannot get over the election of 2016.
  • Seriously?

    By BOC me262
    This book is a waste of paper.
  • All you need to know

    Unless you’re one of the MAGAs, you will no doubt read this and know for certain Donald Trump is exactly what you knew all along. A lying, deceitful, narcissistic moron. I’ve read all of Reilly’s stuff and this one doesn’t take a back seat to any of the others. Well done Rick and thank you for this insightful, though not terribly surprising read.
  • Wow!

    By Bdawgno1
    This review is mainly for previous reviewers whom are politicizing the facts. Easy read. All facts. Advice: Be (and become) an educated human being and don’t behave like the prime subject in this book. Listen to your mother. Listen to your father. Listen to your golf coach. Listen to all positive people in your life.
  • Not Amused

    By Oregonfan21
    Book is a joke
  • Could have been 4 chapters

    By Deano WV
    Hoped for the humor and interesting back stories that usually accompany Mr Reilly’s work. Felt like it was beating a dead horse and found myself losing interest in the content-totally independent of the politics. Hoped for more of a fun golf read, ended it frustrated.
  • Piece of Crap

    By TessyTrueheart
    Don't waste your time unless you're a loony leftie.
  • Funny but truly sad

    By "Apps"DestroySouls
    I don’t know anything about golf, but I finally understand what makes our current president tick. I wholeheartedly recommend the book to anyone who supports Mr Trump.
  • Pretty good book

    By BHH121
    Great insight on how Trumps golf game is a portal to understanding why he is who he is. Rules, honesty, compassion do not apply apply in golf for Trump. Winning and perception is all that counts no matter what the cost.
  • Charater Counts

    By MrHMuse
    This is a fun and fascinating read, but I do not recommend it to Trump supporters, it may very well create an existential threat to their view of reality. And to those who are NOT Trump supporters, your view will be vindicated! Thank you Rick Reilly.