- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Renaissance Books; 1st edition (January 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580631312
- ISBN-13: 978-1580631310
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 17.4 x 233.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Donald Trump doesn't pull any punches when he surveys the American political scene: Pat Buchanan's "totally lost it," Al Gore is "an able, underrated man who seems confused," and Bill Bradley is simply a "disaster." But the real estate tycoon has some ideas of his own about how the United States should be run, and he shares them with the potential electorate for the 2000 presidential race in The America We Deserve. There aren't too many surprises here: Trump lambastes the government bureaucracy that's made a mess of the civic infrastructure, particularly the public school systems; he supports creating opportunities for business developers (both large and small); and he's tougher than tough on crime. He's also prepared to come down hard on America's enemies abroad, such as China, North Korea, and Cuba. Among the more interesting aspects of his platform is his desire to do away completely with soft money in campaign financing and allow unlimited personal contributions--along with full disclosure of political contributions, updated daily on the Internet.
The America We Deserve is an effective combination of Trump's straight-shooting personality and policy-wonk data points. As another American presidential campaign heats up, Trump raises issues that will force voters to give serious consideration to what they want in a candidate. --Ron Hogan
About the Author
Donald J. Trump is the 45th president of the United States of America, a businessman and television personality, and the author of many bestselling books, including Crippled America and The Art of the Deal.
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Trump is lavish in his praise for Jesse Ventura, then just elected governor of Minnesota. He is excoriating against Pat Buchanan. Those two stances very much date the book and clearly indicate why he wrote it. Mr. Trump was intending to run for President in 2000 on the Reform Party ticket. Ventura and Buchanan were competing for control of that party. Trump's campaign for President in 2000 never advanced beyond the exploratory stage, as a fuse to set it off, the fuse sputtered.
Yet I suspect the book best represents Mr. Trumps current political mindset, now that he is in the primary phase of the competition for the Republican 2016 Presidential ticket. I do not think his political philosophy has changed since 2000, except tactically.
The book makes clear that Trump believes in making strong connections with the power brokers of the time. Name dropping, praise for all, except Mr. Buchanan. Trump praises Bill Clinton, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt. Trump goes strongly against socialism, favoring free enterprise, much less regulation, free markets. Except ... a whole chapter dedicated to an exception.
Trump adamantly demands single payer universal health care and pre-emptively scoffs at those who say that just like every other big government program, single payer universal health care would not work. Trump insists that somehow magically based on altruistic instincts it would work and work well. "Magically" is my term. But how else to describe that kind of thinking? Humans are humans in every endeavor.
While an excellently written book, perhaps with the assistance of the second author editor and columnist, Dave Shiflett, after I read it and digested the material in the context of the 2016 campaign, I came to a conclusion. I had been "on the fence" regarding Mr. Trump's grand early campaign in 2015-2016. He has really taken it the politically correct and he alone was responsible for putting two major issues of 2016 on the mass media table. (1) The issue of illegal immigration and the need to "build a fence", to secure the borders and to greatly limit the now overwhelming and indigestible amount of border crossers, visa overstayers, and others swarming in to America today without adopting to our law and culture. (2) The issue of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and their abuse of women. For both of those I do thank Mr. Trump.
But after understanding his political philosophy as he wrote it back in 2000, which I believe he still holds to, I cannot support him. He is a socialist enabler, arrogant, mocking. He would be likely to engage with the elites in DC and against the interests of America.
This book keeps celebrity name-dropping to a minimum (a weakness of other Trump books), and has specific, well-thought and referenced ideas on economics, trade, foreign policy, education, and crime. The tone and style of the book is in in the Trump mode: refreshingly brash and straightforward.
Forget the "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" public persona, get the book, and enjoy.