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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (October 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446578541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446578547
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,216,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Donald Trump, entrepreneur, television star and powerful brand selling suits, perfume and quixotic dreams of fortune in his name, asks in this engrossing romp, "What is it about me that gets Larry King his highest ratings?" O'Brien, a New York Times investigative reporter who has reported on Trump's ups and downs, answers that question in this instructive tongue-in-cheek primer for would-be Trumps. Sometimes hilarious quizzes summarizing the main points of each chapter demonstrate Trump's audacity, itinerant poor judgment and the kind of hubris one can only stand back and watch with astonishment and a sort of clandestine admiration. O'Brien chronicles Trump's rise, fall and rise again from both public favor and the Forbes rich list, and deftly balances irreverence and respect for his subject. The star of The Apprentice appears alternately arrogant and (nearly) humble, whether he is popping Oreos while watching Pulp Fiction on his private jet, discussing the "emotional business" of selling hotels, or dismissing the lure of the jet set. O'Brien's reportorial style, peppered with wit and irony, is the perfect base to Trump's acidic persona; he is the straight man to this contemporary P.T. Barnum. In between, there are lessons to be learned, regardless if the reader ever gets to apply them, for instance: be outrageous in your demands and keep a straight face. That may be hard to do while reading this book, but, as Trump might spin it, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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TIMOTHY L. O'BRIEN lives in New York City

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Customer Reviews

This is a fast, fun, and very humorous book.
Sandra Walsh
This book has a lot to say and it says it quickly and unrelentingly.
Lindsey Wright
This will probably be remembered as the definitive Trump book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Those fans of Donald Trump's TV show The Apprentice might be

FIRED UP when you listen to author Timothy L. O'Brien's Trump

Nation: The Art of Being the Donald (three cds, three hours,

abridgement, Time Warner Audio books). O'Brien shows the under

belly of the real Donald, the Trump that is hidden for public

view or buried on page 57. It is stark and revealing, but its

all true. It is investigative journalism on audio at its best

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Biographers and analysts keep chipping away at Donald Trump, hoping to eventually reach the core, the bottom line, the ultimate truth. New York Times journalist Timothy L. O'Brien seems to have gotten closer than anyone else who has recently chosen to tackle this subject. During the past decade, he has interviewed and interacted with Trump a number of times -- sometimes even at the m/billionaire's request. He certainly has had access to the man and his colleagues. The result is TRUMPNATION, a readable and fascinating book about someone who, for whatever reason, continues to fascinate the American public. At least for now.

You've got to get past the book jacket first, past the stoic image of Trump in a superhero action-figure-like stance. The star (savior?) of his own universe. Is that how he sees himself? Should we? O'Brien more often likens him to showman P.T. Barnum, and Trump does little to dispel this notion. He's even quoted as claiming, "I am going to put show business into real estate. I'll have the best of both worlds." (p. 53) He inflates any number that comes his way, from his own net worth to the floor count of his buildings. The best evidence of this disparity comes in two lists found in the "TrumpBroke" chapter. The first shows Donald's inconsistent Forbes 400 ratings for the past 23 years. The second one lists Trump's current properties and projects and what Donald says they're worth. When the latter is compared with a similar list found in the back of his own book from 2004, "Trump: How to Get Rich," the two just don't match up. What a difference a year can make! But you also have to consider the source. O'Brien refers to all of the books Trump has penned as "nonfiction works of fiction" and "a tour of the business world according to Mister Id.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey Wright on November 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The host of your show is not what he seems to be. Donald Trump on TV: calculating decisionmaker, ruthless corporate assassin, titan of business. Donald Trump in TrumpNation: prone to screw-ups, entertainingly BIZARRE, stumbling with people, befuddled in business. This book is so accurate and broad that you finish in a state of disbelief about how Trump has gotten over on all of us for so long. Once the author grabs hold of Trump he doesn't let go, and you wonder why Trump cooperated to the degree that he did. There are exchanges between Trump and O'Brien that are priceless and Trump clearly believed he was going to seduce the writer I think. Well, the result is hilarious and instructive and Trump does not come out on top. This book has a lot to say and it says it quickly and unrelentingly. I really enjoyed it!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
First things first: I am a huge fan of "The Apprentice", one of the better reality TV shows out there. The author brings us a bunch of interesting tidbits about the show. Such as: after a fired contestant takes a cab and gives his/her last thoughts and you see the cab taking off into the NY traffic, then off-camera the cab goes around the block because of course all the contestants are quarantined for the duration of the entire season's shoot (just like in "Survivor").

But on to the book itself, "TrumpNation" (276 pages). The author, a NY Times business reporter, makes clear that he has had plenty of access to the Donald, even for the writing of the book. And the image that comes through is that in real life, the Donald is a successful business person, for sure, but one who has made plenty of mistakes. The best part of the book is a chapter called TrumpBroke, where the author examines the REAL wealth of Trump: "Donald doesn't control [a number of] Manhattan properties that bear his name or are closely associated with him today, including Trump Tower". The author also refers to Donald's many books of business advice as "nonfiction work of fiction".

Trump has had a lot of ups and downs and we'll never really know how many millions (or billions, per the Donald) he is really worth these days, but it's clear that the "Trump" brand still resonates after 20+ years. The book reads like a breeze and on that account is successful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Hayes on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author is a writer with The New York Times and this book shows that: it is heavily researched and wonderfully written (not that I think the Times is the best written thing around, but the great Times writers know how to turn a phrase). O'Brien author turns a phrase -- with a lot of laughs and lot of knowledge -- on many pages. Donald Trump is a silly man who apparently takes himself far too seriously. TrumpNation shows all the jokes and mistakes that exist behind the Trump myth, but does it in a very fair way. The picture that comes out of this book is not flattering to Trump, but the author doesn't just slap him around. In some parts it allows you to actually laugh with Trump. But the writer targets big money, real estate, celebrity, and life in New York with deadly accuracy. Great, great book! I really enjoyed it!!
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