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Martha Brockenbrough (The Children's Book Podcast #476)

December 7, 2018



Martha Brockenbrough (@mbrockenbrough) is the author of UNPRESIDENTED: A BIOGRAPHY OF DONALD TRUMP, the first biography of our 45th president written for teens. Martha approached her research with a mindset of presenting information fairly and with a lens of looking for patterns in actions and what those patterns tell us about the subject matter. It won’t surprise you that what the patterns pointed to was winning. At all costs. Sometimes by redefining the game in or to resubstant the win. And all too often claiming win to the detriment of already historically marginalized peoples. Some of the information Martha presents may make you or your readers uncomfortable. To that, Martha reminds us that “uncomfortable is different from unfair.”




A riveting, meticulously researched, and provocative biography of Donald J. Trump from the author of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary.


Born into a family of privilege and wealth, he was sent to military school at the age of 13. After an unremarkable academic career, he joined the family business in real estate and built his fortune. His personal brand: sex, money and power. From no-holds-barred reality TV star to unlikely candidate, Donald J. Trump rose to the highest political office: President of the United States of America.


Learn fascinating details about his personal history, including:

-Why Trump’s grandfather left Germany and immigrated to America

-Why Woodie Guthrie wrote a song criticizing Trump’s father

-How Trump’s romance with Ivana began—and ended

-When Trump first declared his interest in running for President


Discover the incredible true story of America’s 45th President: his questionable political and personal conduct, and his unprecedented rise to power.


Richly informed by original research and illustrated throughout with photographs and documents, UNPRESIDENTED is a gripping and important read.






Martha Brockenbrough (rhymes with broken toe) is the author of two books for adults and eight books for young readers.


A faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts and blogger for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators,* she's also the founder of National Grammar Day (every March 4), and she's written game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit.


The former editor of, Martha has interviewed lots of celebrities, including the Jonas Brothers and Slash (his favorite dinosaur is the diplodocus). Her work has been published in a variety of places, including The New York Times. She also wrote an educational humor column for the online encyclopedia Encarta for nine years.


She lives in Seattle with her family. Her favorite kind of food is Indian, although Thai runs a close second. Besides writing, she likes board games, playing music with the family band, travel to places far and near, drinking lots of coffee, and working out really hard at the gym.


(*Martha has opinions, too. Sharp ones. Funny ones. Ones that matter to her. Any opinions she expresses belong to her and not to any of her employers.)


Learn more about Martha at


And purchase any one of Martha Brockenbrough's books for you, your readers, a friend, or a library HERE.






*This post contains affiliate links. Any purchases made through these links will support the costs of maintaining the podcast, webcomic, and other materials associated with this site. 





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