Summary: Has any president in the history of the United States had a more fraught relationship with women than Donald Trump? He flagrantly cheated on all three of his wives, brushed off multiple accusations of sexual assault, publicly ogled his eldest daughter, bought the silence of a porn star and a Playmate, and proclaimed his now-infamous seduction technique: "grab 'em by the pussy." Golden Handcuffs is a comprehensive and provocative account of the women who have been closest to Trump--his German-immigrant grandmother, Elizabeth, the uncredited founder of the Trump Organization; his Scottish-immigrant mother, Mary, who acquired a taste for wealth as a maid in the Andrew Carnegie mansion; his wives--Ivana, Marla, and Melania (the first and third of whom are immigrants); and his eldest daughter, Ivanka, groomed to take over the Trump brand from a young age. Also examined are Trump's two older sisters, one of whom is a prominent federal judge; his often-overlooked younger daughter, Tiffany; his female employees; and those he calls "liars"--the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. Of these women, Burleigh writes, "where they come from and what they do now and in the future matters because they have or have had the ear of the most powerful man on earth."Content Notes:
Prologue: Golden handcuffs -- Part 1. Elisabeth and Mary, the mother figures -- Elisabeth Christ Trump -- Mary Anne MacLeod Trump -- The Queen of Queens -- Child Donald -- Part 2. Ivana Marie Zeln©Ưckov©Ł, the first wife -- A girl in Gottwaldov -- The loves of Ivana's life -- A European wife -- From Russia with love -- Part 3. Marla Ann Maples, wife number two -- The short-fingered vulgarian and Georgia's most-famous child -- The rape deposition -- Marrying Marla -- Ivana's brand vs. Marla's brand -- The second divorce -- Buying beauty queens -- Part 4. Melanija Knavs, the third Mrs. Trump -- Growing up in Sevnica -- The sexualization of modeling -- The sexualization of Melania -- Marrying Melania -- Part 5. Ivanka, first daughter -- Ivanka at Choate -- Ivanka in love -- Ivanka's brand -- The sexualization of Ivanka -- The women of the campaign -- Hashtag #Freemelania -- Ivanka in the White House -- Flotus -- Catfights in Trumplandia -- Epilogue: Queens of the realm.