The legendary Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar hosted a literary star-studded book release party for authors Allen Salkin and Aaron Short, featuring some of the restaurant’s authentic Russian delicacies and cocktails.
In their new book, The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated (released July 9, 2019, by All Points Books), veteran journalists Salkin and Short have written an objective, nonpartisan oral history devoid of anonymous sources.
Short and Salkin’s book is exceedingly well written. By taking a defined time period, they were able to concentrate on those people and events who were important to Donald Trump. You’d be surprised at the number of aides who were hired/fired/hired and fired again by Trump. This book is very good and I can heartily recommend it to the political jock. Short and Salkin’s book is exceedingly well written. By taking a defined time period, they were able to concentrate on those people and events who were important to Donald Trump. You’d be surprised at the number of aides who were hired/fired/hired and fired again by Trump. This book is very good and I can heartily recommend it to the political jock.
The book shows that Trump had carefully planned his bid for the presidency since he launched what many considered to be a joke candidacy in 1999.
Among those media friends and colleagues in attendance were: the New York Time’s Tiina Loite; the New York Post’s Susan Edelman, Melkorka Licea, Katharine Ann Boniello, Heather Hauswirth, Melissa Klein, Doree Leewak and Zach Kussin; Author Allison Schrager; Food and Wine’s Sara Ventiera; Get Me Roger Stone Director Morgan Pehme; the Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr; Rolling Stone’s Tana Ganeva; ProPublica’s Nadia Sussman; Newsday’s Matt Clark; the Wall Street Journal’s Andrea Fuller and Jay Cheses; Journalist Justin Rocket Silverman; Ish Productions’s Michael Hirachorn and Melissa Cooper; Producer Joe Allegro; CNN’s Michael Southworth; the National Review’s Kyle Smith; Rachel Maddow Show’s Lisa Ferri; Meredith Magazine’s Amy Brightfield; Author of Duped, Abby Ellin; and Russian Samovar’s Vlada Von Shats.
What sets Allen Salkin and Aaron Short’s new book, The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired–and Inaugurated apart from many of the books concerning the Trump Presidency is the exclusive use of on-the-record comments and anecdotes to tell objectively the story of Donald J. Trump’s rise to the Presidency of the United States between 1999 and 2015.
Russian Samovar is owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons Michael and Nicholas. It was previously co-owned by ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov and Nobel Prize winner for poetry Joseph Brodsky. Jilly Rizzo, friend, and bodyguard of Frank Sinatra, owned the establishment in the past, and Sinatra held many personal concerts there and often spent time with The Rat Pack, playing games of baccarat in the upstairs lounge. Cyndi Lauper and Liza Minnelli are also known to stop by and offer the odd performance. The restaurant keeps attracting several generations of Russians. In a cozy atmosphere, they can eat their favorite Russian food, meet musicians, actors, and writers from Russia and all over the world.
Allen Salkin covered Donald Trump and Jared Kushner as a reporter for The New York Times and New York Post over two decades. He has reported on media and culture for Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, and New York magazine. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Aaron Short has reported on Donald Trump’s political aspirations for over a decade. He is a Brooklyn-based journalist whose work appears in the New York Post, the Daily Beast, and Vice.
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