Breaking History: A White House Memoir

Breaking History: A White House Memoir

by Jared Kushner
Breaking History: A White House Memoir

Breaking History: A White House Memoir

by Jared Kushner


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Jared Kushner was one of the most consequential presidential advisers in modern history. For the first time, he recounts what happened behind closed doors during the Trump presidency.

Few White House advisors have had such an expansive portfolio or constant access to the president. From his office next to Trump, senior adviser Jared Kushner operated quietly behind the scenes, preferring to leave the turf wars and television sparring to others. 

Now, Kushner finally tells his story—a fast-paced and surprisingly candid account of how an earnest businessman with no political ambitions found himself pulled into a presidency that no one saw coming. 

Breaking History takes readers inside debates in the Oval Office, double-crosses at the United Nations, tense meetings in Arab palaces, high-stakes negotiations, and the daily barrage of leaks, false allegations, investigations, and West Wing infighting.

A true historical thriller, this book is not your typical political memoir. Kushner details Washington’s intense resistance to change and reveals how he broke through the stalemates of the past. An outsider among outsiders, Kushner was a results-driven executive among beltway power brokers. He questioned old assumptions and delivered unprecedented results on trade, criminal justice reform, production of COVID-19 vaccines, and Middle East peace. His successful negotiation of the Abraham Accords, the most significant diplomatic breakthrough in 50 years, earned him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Written by one of the few people by Trump’s side from his trip down the golden escalator to his final departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Breaking History provides the most honest, nuanced, and definitive understanding of a presidency that will be studied for generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063221499
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 08/22/2023
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 400,176
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jared Kushner is the founder of Affinity Partners, a global investment firm. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump, and before that, as CEO of Kushner Companies. He also co-founded two technology companies, Cadre and WiredScore. In 2015, he was named to Fortune's 40 under 40, and in 2017 was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2018, Jared received the Aztec Eagle Award, Mexico’s highest honor, for his work on the USMCA trade agreement. He was given a presidential citation for helping to architect Operation Warp Speed, which produced COVID vaccines in record time. In recognition of his success negotiating the Abraham Accords, Jared received the National Security Medal, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Grand Cordon of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite from King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in Florida with his wife Ivanka and three children.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

1 Sentenced 1

2 Improbable Existence 7

3 Making It in Manhattan 21

4 "Everything Will Be Different" 35

5 An Unlikely Upset 54

6 "I Am Your Voice" 63

7 "We're Going to Win" 73

8 "I'll Never Get Used to This" 87

9 Learning on the Job 109

10 The World Is Watching 129

11 Riyadh to Rome 145

12 The Art of War 166

13 Great Expectations 186

14 Tear Up the Talking Points 197

15 Great Power Competition 211

16 Building Capital 227

17 Papier-Mâché Wall 242

18 Fighting for the Forgotten 251

19 Top Secret 263

20 The Cost of Peace 280

21 A Step toward Justice 293

22 No Time for Triumph 308

23 "No One Gets Smarter by Talking" 317

24 USMCA 327

25 The Zombie Bill 339

26 Victory and Defeat 361

27 The Longest Shutdown 375

28 Eureka 386

29 A New Cliché 406

30 Exoneration 414

31 An Unexpected Visit 423

32 Mexican Standoff amid Peace Talks 432

33 Peace to Prosperity 441

34 The Demilitarized Zone 450

35 The Enemy from Within 464

36 Fight to Win 477

37 Hospital Negotiations 485

38 Soleimani 498

39 Bank Shot 512

40 Chaos and Peace 523

41 A Vision for Peace 532

42 The "Misunderstanding" 539

43 Battle at the United Nations 547

44 Code Red 561

45 Battle Rhythm 581

46 Project Airbridge 595

47 Life Support 607

48 On the Brink of Economic Collapse 621

49 Operation Warp Speed 635

50 Turmoil 642

51 Suicide Squeeze 655

52 The Call That Changed the World 667

53 First Flight 682

54 The Abraham Accords 699

55 From Walter Reed to Election Night 707

56 Landing Planes on an Aircraft Carrier 723

57 Pardons, Pfizer, and Peace 734

58 Reconciliation 749

59 Hourglass 764

Acknowledgments 779

Notes 787

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