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Donald Trump: Master Apprentice Hardcover – March 1, 2005

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"Blair does an admirable job of showing us a slice of America through this one family....The book has the scope and depth of an excellent historical read."

-- "Rocky Mountain News" (Denver)



"A fine, highly informative, and respectable book about a despicable subject."

-- "The San Diego Union-Tribune"



"Rich, detailed, and informative, not only for those interested in business but also those who follow celebrity TV shows and gossip columns."

-- "The Ottawa Citizen"



"Blair neatly captures Trump's uncanny business instincts, as well as his competitiveness, chutzpah, cruelty, vulgarity and hucksterism. And she catches him in his lies, or what Trump himself calls 'truthful hyperbole.'"

-- "The New York Times Book Review"



"It really is a helluva story, and it's ably told by Blair."

-- "New York Daily News"



"Blair is relentless in examining and anatomizing Donald Trump's business dealings -- she has the assiduousness and grasp of Robert A. Caro....She's also convincing on Donald Trump's private life."

-- Robert Gottlieb, "The New York Observer"



"Blair does a superb job explaining how Donald succeeded."

-- "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

About the Author

Gwenda Blair is the author of the bestselling Almost Golden: Jessica Savitch And The Selling of TV News, and she has written for Politico, The New York Times, New York, Newsweek, the New York Daily News, Esquire, Smart Money, The Village Voice, Chicago Magazine, and other newspapers and magazines. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her @GwendaLBlair.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743275101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743275101
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on March 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Everybody and his brother wants to ride along on Donald Trump's current wave of popularity. During the past year, we've seen books appear by Apprentice-candidate Amy Henry, first Apprentice winner Bill Rancic, board-room colleagues Carolyn Kepcher and George Ross, and naturally, several business / autobios by Trump himself. Now in early 2005, we have two new Trump biographies: this title, and "No Such Thing as Over-Exposure," by Robert Slater. But this one isn't entirely new. It's based on a longer book that Gwenda Blair released in 2000.

"The Trumps: Three Generations that Built an Empire" was a much thicker volume, divided into three equal sections: the first for grandpa Friedrich Trump's immigrant story, the second for father Fred Trump's rise in New York real estate, and the last for son Donald's takeover. Several glossy pages of photos were included so that we could see the family grow and change along the way. In "Master Apprentice," Blair used her previous work as a foundation. She stripped the Friedrich and Fred sections away, condensing more than 200 pages into an interwoven 6-page introductory backstory. She eliminated the photos. She kept the same chapter titles and structures for Donald's section and added a final 16-page chapter that covers the last five years, chronicling the Atlantic City bankruptcy and the tremendous fame surrounding "The Apprentice" TV show. The last four pages turn the reader's attention to Don Jr. and predict his own beginning success. While much of the original text remains the same, Blair should be given credit for retooling and refining some of the initial writing and adding new details where they are pertinent. The final outcome doesn't look or read like a slapdash piece, and it's not a carbon copy of "The Trumps.
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I am still reading this book and I am fascinated with the author description of Donald's personality and all the information about Real Estate and all the manipulations and lock of scrupulous in the business world. Donald is a very good business man with a fiery determination to get what he wants, a will be good President??????
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed her book on the Trump family history especially about the grandfather. This book however disappointed me. I found it to be a knockoff of the original trilogy with very little new material. Just being honest. I'm a true Trump devotee so I read everything out there on him, whether written by him or someone else.
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Format: Paperback
Master Apprentice provides an eye opening view for Trump first timers in to the life "The Donald". Trump appears more a master "salesman" than "apprentice" in his legendary efforts for power, prestige and notoriety in Manhattan real estate. A good read.

Jeremy Hill
JB Capital Management
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