Fresh from its weeklong masthead promo for the not-selling memoir by its pedophilic former editor, Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart News' sporadic interest in books has turned to a new opus by a 33-year-old Slovenian mechanical engineer.
In a "Breitbart Exclusive," reviewer Penny Starr can't say enough good things about Sandi Gorisek's Melania Trump: The Slovenian Side of the Story, and it does, indeed, sound like a perfect gift for the Trump fanboys and girls in your life who have a short attention span and a yen for newish talking points
Gorisek, is, first, an outsider, not accustomed to the sludge of the Slovenian publishing swamp:
Author Sandi Gorisek doesn’t consider himself a writer, although he admits he is fond of dreaming up fairy tales to share with children.
"I'm a story teller," says Gorisek...[who lives] in a town just a few miles from Melania Trump's hometown of Sevnica.
But since Donald J. Trump decided to run for president- and then won- elevating his Slovenian wife to first lady- Gorisek had a "now or never" moment.And it's the perfect volume, in terms of volume:
It’s a short book, just 42 pages and some filled with photographs.And it's filled with logical and factual inconsistencies well-chosen for the Age of #AltFacts.
As Starr notes,
[I]t goes a long way in explaining the facts about the strong, proud people who carved a small but free nation out of the former Communist Yugoslavia and produced one of the most famous women in the world: Melania Trump...a quick read full of historic facts, insightful observations, and revealing truths about a patriotic people who are tough survivors of Communism and enthusiastic entrepreneurs in their now free homeland...
The book’s introduction tells readers facts about Gorisek’s and Melania’s parents. Both of their fathers joined the Communist Party when it was required, ironically, to get ahead. His mother and Melania’s both worked at Jutranjka, a children’s clothing factory that is now home to a booming plastics business.
But, Gorisek wrote, he did not want so much to debate about the past and its role on the present in the book, but to share instead how it produced the people living today, including Melania Trump.
“The aim of this book is to show how growing up in this atmosphere created and nurtured beliefs from the time period that have influenced all of us, including Mrs. Trump,” Gorisek wrote.
In the introduction, Gorisek talks about the role women play in Slovenian society and how they affect family life and the larger culture.
This is reflected in a “well-known Slovenian saying that states that a wife supports three corners of the house, which refers to how women influence men in a more profound manner than we can imagine.”
“It is not too arrogant to say that the future of the USA and its population will be partly tailored by the patterns and principles learned from the people of a small, proud nation situated on the sunny side of the Alps,” Gorisek wrote...
In fact, Slovenians are living a kind of “American Dream” as a result, with a house and a garden the common goal for everyone that has largely been achieved.
“A legacy of that system can be seen today in the high rate of privately-owned property, which surpasses almost every Western country,” Gorisek wrote, citing, in fact, that Slovenia has the highest percentage of single unit home ownership in the European Union...
In Chapter 3, entitled, “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree,” Gorisek wrote about the courage imparted to Melania by her mother.
“Putting your child on the catwalk at the age of five in order to increase her interest in fashion and to go against the popular opinion that the only proper color was gray was and still is courageous.
“The same goes for her father, who, rising from company driver and member of the Party, established a business importing and exporting car parts,” Gorisek wrote.
The author also praises Melania for stating that one of her missions as first lady will be preventing online bullying — and standing up to media bias at the same time...
Gorisek goes on to say: “I am not a politically-oriented person and most of my knowledge in this field has been gained in order to write this book, but I do admire Melanie for being a Slovenian with guts.
“She worked as a model most of her life and is certainly accustomed to her share of low punches,” Gorisek wrote. “The fact that she withstood all of the attacks as regard being labeled as a gold-digger and not being a clever immigrant due to her lack of knowledge of the language is something to praise.”
The author also praises Melania for her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, where Gorisek believes she helped her husband on his road to victory and contradicted the “biased media” claims against her husband and presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In the book’s final chapter, entitled, “The Show Must Go On, Slovenian Style,” Gorisek wrote that the largest Christmas tree in Slovenia’s capitol Ljubljana is now called Melania, but it is a place thousands of miles away where her impact may be much greater.
“Melania, as the first lady, will be successful, as she has proven many times,” Gorisek wrote. “She knows how to stay focused no matter what the naysayers say.
“Throughout the writing of the book, a few lines from her husband echoed in my head, and I would like to quote one since that is the reason why I, not a professional writer, was able to finish the book.
“Do what you like, stay focused and ride the momentum,” Trump said.
The only hit that quote generates in a Google search is a link to Perry's review and five right-wing online media sources quoting it in the last eighteen hours. The notion of a Trump call to "stay focused", well, as his press flacks say, speaks for itself.
At the same time, Gorisek damns Slovenia as the worst of western capitalist excess. Having converted its vast socialist infrastructure into private property and hoovered up billions in aid from the Trump-denounced European Union, Slovenia is awash in damnable, louche characters who refuse to conform to the best of authoritarian social mores while grasping for all the cash they can from the free market:
[He explained] that while Communists “frowned upon” individuality, the government inadvertently raised up a generation of “real men.”
“A generation of real men emerged,” Gorisek wrote. “Men capable of building houses and towns with their bare hands” and with the help of relatives and neighbors.
Gorisek wrote that capitalism and no military draft “has gifted us with a litter of gin-and-tonic hipsters as their replacement.”...He also wrote about the legacy of a generation raised with discipline and the lack thereof in the new generation.
“Back then, corporal punishment for misbehaving was well known and many children, including yours truly, would get a slap around the head for causing problems at school, and, which is even more important, another one at home if you tried to explain away the reason.
“Authority was something to respect,” Gorisek wrote, blaming an “easy money” mentality of those who misunderstand Capitalism. “Nowadays, kids learn the word ‘lawyer’ before they learn basic duties and responsibilities.”
And Gorisek mourns the street-smarts he learned from the Communist black market:
Gorisek is old enough to remember when Slovenians had to smuggle basic goods like oranges and coffee into their country and, in his case, Legos, which he said made him the most popular kid in his neighborhood.
The budding author plans to tour America peddling his book, available free as an audiobook, and for E9.99 in ebook form: that's US$11.64.