Confidence man : Maggie Haberman and Clyde Haberman

Mar 15, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
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About the Event

Coffee House Club hosts a conversation with Maggie Haberman and Clyde Haberman on Confidence Man, which was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Books will be available for sale and signing, and the program will be followed by dinner downstairs.

About the Speakers

Maggie Haberman is a journalist who joined The New York Times in 2015 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on the investigations into Donald Trump’s, and his advisers’, connections to Russia. She has twice been a member of a team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, in 2021 for reporting on the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, and in 2022 for coverage related to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol. Before joining The New York Times as a campaign correspondent, she worked as a political reporter at Politico, from 2010 to 2015. She previously worked at The New York Post and The New York Daily News.

Clyde Haberman is a contributing writer and former foreign correspondent, columnist and editorial writer for The New York Times. A graduate of City College of New York, he wrote the NYC column for 16 years, covering most aspects of life in his native city. He was part of a Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for coverage of the scandal that ended Eliot Spitzer’s governorship. Before that, he was a foreign correspondent for 13 years, based in Tokyo, Rome and Jerusalem. His coverage included the overthrow of the Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, pro-democracy uprisings in South Korea, the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, the Persian Gulf War, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the rise of militant Islamic terrorism.


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There will be an a la carte menu to choose from with a $5 per glass Coffee House wine special. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash). Remember: No tipping. Enjoy!

About the Book

Cover of "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America" by Maggie Haberman. Black and white photo of Trump earlier in his adulthood with white all-caps text.

From the Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter who has defined Donald J. Trump’s presidency like no other journalist, Confidence Man is a magnificent and disturbing reckoning that chronicles his life and its meaning from his rise in New York City to his tortured post-presidency.

Few journalists working today have covered Donald Trump more extensively than Maggie Haberman. And few understand him and his motivations better. Now, demonstrating her majestic command of this story, Haberman reveals in full the depth of her understanding of the 45th president himself, and of what the Trump phenomenon means.

Interviews with hundreds of sources and numerous interviews over the years with Trump himself portray a complicated and often contradictory historical figure. Capable of kindness but relying on casual cruelty as it suits his purposes. Pugnacious. Insecure. Lonely. Vindictive. Menacing. Smarter than his critics contend and colder and more calculating than his allies believe. A man who embedded himself in popular culture, galvanizing support for a run for high office that he began preliminary spadework for 30 years ago, to ultimately become a president who pushed American democracy to the brink.

In this revelatory and newsmaking book, Haberman brings together the events of his life into a single mesmerizing work. It is the definitive account of one of the most norms-shattering and consequential eras in American political history.