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Trump: The Art of the Deal Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
This boastful, boyishly disarming, thoroughly engaging personal history offers an inside look at aspects of financing, development and construction in big-time New York real estate. "I don't do it for the money," maintains Trump, the son of a Queens realtor who, at age 27, bought and transfigured the colossal Hotel Commodore at Grand Central Terminal. Now 40, he has built, among other projects, and owns outright, Fifth Avenue's retail and residential Trump Tower (where he occupies a double-triplex suite); owns and operates Trump's Castle, a casino in Atlantic City; is arguably the most visible young man on Manhattan's celebrity circuit ("Governor Cuomo calls. . . . dinner at St. Patrick's Cathedral. . . . I call back Judith Krantz"); and is currently developing a controversial 100-acre West Side "Television City" project that is planned to include the world's tallest building. For those who would do likewise, Trump articulates his secrets for success: imagination, persistence, skill at "juggling provisional commitments" (e.g., for land or lease options, bank financing, zoning approval, tax abatement, etc.) and most crucial of all, a true trader's instinct. 135,000 printing; first serial to New York magazine and Vanity Fair; Fortune Book Club main selection; BOMC alternate. (December
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From Library Journal
This is a fascinating book because it is incredible. At the age of 41, Trump, the son of a Queens, New York, developer of moderate-income apartment houses, presides over a vast real estate empire with assets in the billions. Trump's world is composed of an endless series of deals and ventures, most of them monumentally successful from his point of view. The book is less an autobiography than an hour-by-hour recapitulation of how Trump spends his time plus a few lessons for those who would do the same. Trump seems to be a clever entrepreneur and exhibitionist. There should be requests aplenty for this. A.J. Anderson, G.S.L.I.S., Simmons Coll., Boston
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Holy cow, this was good. Though I am fairly certain Trump wrote very little of this, given that the writing has a certain flow and eloquence missing in his actual speech, I DON'T CARE, the attitude carries through! This book didn't teach me much of anything, in terms of self-help there are probably better books, but what it was, was entertaining as hell!
I loved Trump's stories of how he got into exclusive clubs without knowing anybody, how he blows out incompetent New York officials, and I also appreciated the insight offered into the commercial construction business. He gives me a glimpse into a world I normally wouldn't have the first thought about, including all the characters he deals with. There's a bloated con man in here who thinks himself a lady's man and almost gets his face beaten in, it reads like a scene straight from a Martin Scorsese movie. Ed Koch, NYC mayor at the time, also blunders in such massive ways it doesn't seem real, but is hilarious in a painful way.
Book was a fast read, will probably read again for some laughs.
1) Trump is a manipulative guy who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
2) Once the deal is done, the tactics fall apart and he is typically the winner while the other person suffers from the short term gain turning into long term failure.
What can I say about it? It's a really easy read and goes by quickly. The book really shows you who Trump is as a person...
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