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

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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

11 Hours 22 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

September 2020

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

What Melania wants, Melania gets.

The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie parties, and giggle sessions in the penthouse at Trump Tower, Wolkoff watched the newest Mrs. Trump raise her son, Barron, and manage her highly scrutinized marriage.

After Trump won the 2016 election, Wolkoff was recruited to help produce the 58th Presidential Inaugu­ration and to become the First Lady’s trusted advisor. Melania put Wolkoff in charge of hiring her staff, organizing her events, helping her write speeches, and creating her debut initiatives. Then it all fell apart when she was made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities. Melania could have defended her innocent friend and confidant, but she stood by her man, knowing full well who was really to blame. The betrayal nearly destroyed Wolkoff.

In this candid and emotional memoir, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff takes you into Trump Tower and the White House to tell the funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking story of her intimate friendship with one of the most famous women in the world, a woman few people truly understand.

How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband’s affair with Stormy Daniels? Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with “I really don’t care, do u?” printed on the back? Is Melania happy being First Lady? And what really happened with the inauguration’s funding of $107 million? Wolkoff has some ideas...

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  • Anonymous

    Did not much of this book. I felt the embellishment of the first lady is obvious. being they knew each do well.....Maybe I am not being fair since anything and everything trump, rub's me the wrong way.

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  • Madi R.

    I felt like she was too detailed regarding all the emojis with each text and email, plus too detailed with inauguration, which didn't keep my attention.

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  • Debi H.

    This is a must read! Well written makes you feel as if you where there. It got me to understand how something like this administration could happen and how it could happen again or worse.

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  • Anonymous

    The language is atrocious and the author is silly and naive and extremely self oriented - whatever did she expect!

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  • Anonymous

    it qas a wonderful insight into the east wong. Answers many questions, and puts the fake news on its butt with backup and first hand knowledge.

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