Aaron Short With Russian Samovar Manager Vlada Von Shats & Allen Salkin

Thomas Farley Of The Today Show & Stephen Hall
The legendary Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar hosted a literary star-studded book release party for authors Allen Salkin and Aaron Short, featuring some of the restaurant’s authentic Russian delicacies and cocktails. In their new book The Method to The Madness: Donald Trump's Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated (released July 9, 2019 by All Points Books), veteran journalists Salkin and Short have written an objective, nonpartisan oral history devoid of anonymous sources. The book shows that Trump had carefully planned his bid for the presidency since he launched what many considered to be a joke candidacy in 1999.

Erin Overbey Of The New Yorker

Jason Mendelson And Allison Schrager

Kate Briquelet, Of The Daily Beast
Among those media friends and colleagues in attendance were: the New York Time’s Tiina Loite; the New York Post’s Susan Edelman, Melkorka Licea, Katharine Ann Boniello, Heather Hauswirth, Melissa Klein, Doree Leewak and Zach Kussin; Author Allison Schrager; Food and Wine’s Sara Ventiera; Get Me Roger Stone Director Morgan Pehme; the Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr; Rolling Stone’s Tana Ganeva; ProPublica’s Nadia Sussman; Newsday’s Matt Clark; the Wall Street Journal’s Andrea Fuller and Jay Cheses; Journalist Justin Rocket Silverman; Ish Productions’s Michael Hirachorn and Melissa Cooper; Producer Joe Allegro; CNN’s Michael Southworth; the National Review’s Kyle Smith; Rachel Maddow Show’s Lisa Ferri; Meredith Magazine’s Amy Brightfield; Author of Duped, Abby Ellin; and Russian Samovar’s Vlada Von Shats

What sets Allen Salkin and Aaron Short’s new book, THE METHOD TO THE MADNESS: Donald Trump's Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired--and Inaugurated apart from many of the books concerning the Trump Presidency is the exclusive use of on-the-record comments and anecdotes to tell objectively the story of Donald J. Trump’s rise to the Presidency of the United States between 1999 and 2015.

Russian Samovar is owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons Michael and Nicholas. It was previously co-owned by ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov and Nobel Prize winner for poetry Joseph Brodsky. Jilly Rizzo, friend and bodyguard of Frank Sinatra, owned the establishment in the past, and Sinatra held many personal concerts there and often spent time with The Rat Pack, playing games of baccarat in the upstairs lounge. Cyndi Lauper and Liza Minnelli are also known to stop by and offer the odd performance. The restaurant keeps attracting several generations of Russians. In a cozy atmosphere they can eat their favorite Russian food, meet musicians, actors and writers from Russia and all over the world.

About Allen Salkin & Aaron Short

Allen Salkin covered Donald Trump and Jared Kushner as a reporter for The New York Times and New York Post over two decades. He has reported on media and culture for Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and New York magazine. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Aaron Short has reported on Donald Trump's political aspirations for over a decade. He is a Brooklyn-based journalist whose work appears in the New York Post, the Daily Beast, and Vice.

List of media attendees:

Matt Taylor, Vice

Erin Overbey, The New Yorker

Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

Matt Chayes, Newsday

Max Gross, Commercial Observer

Ben Adler, City & State

Zach Kussin, New York Post

Jennifer Wright, Harper's Bazaar and author of "It Ended Badly"

Jessica Weiss, founder Trix Magazine

Leslie Josephs, CNBC

Jennifer Kingson, Axios

Tiina Loite, New York Times

Fred Conrad, New York Times

Melkorka Licea, New York Post

Katharine Ann Boniello, New York Post

Allison Schrager, author and quartz contributor

Sara Ventiera, food writer

Morgan Pehme, director of get me roger stone

Eric Gioia, former Queens Councilman

Joe Borelli, Staten Island Councilman

Kyle Smith, National Review

Lisa Ferri, Rachel Maddow Show

Jay Cheses, Wall Street Journal

Amy Brightfield, (Meredith Magazines)

Susan Edelman, (New York Post),

Abby Ellin, (Author of Duped)

Emily Rueb, (New York times)

Brian Rosenthal, New York Times

Kim Velsey, New York Times

Laura Kusiato, Wall Street Journal

Laura Basset, MSNBC

Harry Siegel, Daily Beast

Kate Briquelet, Daily Beast

Robert George, New York Daily News

Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter

Tana Ganeva Rolling Stone,

Nadia Sussman, Pro Publica

Matt Clark, Newsday,

Andrea Fuller, WSJ

Heather Hauswirth New York Post

Melissa Klein, New York Post

Doree Leewak, New York Post

Zach Kussin, New York Post

George Arzt, Publicist

Justin Rocket Silverman, TV producer

Michael Hirachorn, Ish Productions

Melissa Cooper, Ish Productions

Joe Allegro, food event producer

Brad Hamilton, New York Post

Victoria Rowan, Ideasmyth

Emilie Ruscoe, Law360

Michael Southworth, CNN

THE METHOD TO THE MADNESS: Donald Trump's Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired--and Inaugurated

Authors: Allen Salkin and Aaron Short

Publication Date: July 9, 2019 / Publisher: All Points Books

Hardcover ISBN: 9781250202802, $28.99 / eBook ISBN: 9781250202819; $14.99
Audiobook ISBN: 9781250223524; $26.99

About Russian Samovar

Located in the Theater District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints. Ballet Legend Mikhail Baryshnikov and Nobel Prize winner for poetry Joseph Brodsky are former partners, and Cyndi Lauper and Liza Minnelli are known to stop by and offer the odd performance. The legendary location, formerly known as Jilly's Saloon, also used to be frequented by Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. The elegant establishment is famous for its 26 flavored vodkas prepared in-house, alongside its many Russian delicacies. Owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons Michael and Nicholas, Russian Samovar offers some of the finest Russian cuisine in New York. The restaurant, which seats 100 in the dining room and 50 at the bar, is the perfect location for private events. Its intimate upstairs lounge comfortably seats 34 for sit-down dinner, and 100 for standing buffet. Russian Samovar is a major supporter of the art community, with poetry readings held throughout the year and a classically trained pianist performs nightly. It features live interactive theatre every Thursday with award-winning actors, performance from Opera Singer Michael Peer on Mondays, Gypsy Fun Trio on Fridays and Saturdays on violin and guitar playing traditional Russian music, and Jazz Blues Brunch on Sundays with the Uptown Jazz Company.

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