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Trump: Surviving at the Top Hardcover – August 14, 1990
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This quote from the then real estate magnate and now president shows something of who he is: someone with few aesthetic sensibilities (witness PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts' imminent de-funding) who, even in 1990, complained about the media’s unfair treatment of his fabulous wealth, how his first book was marketed, and his personal life. He names Forbes Magazine, the Village Voice, Doonesbury, Time Magazine, as particular villains and responds by deriding their importance, talent, ethics, and, in Time’s case, the looks of one of its female reporters. He even boasts of surpassing the jaded Malcolm Forbes’s “legendary” 150-foot yacht with his own “much more luxurious” 280-foot equivalent.
This book does also portray “The Donald’s” pro-active style: bidding for and buying the historic Plaza Hotel; negotiating with Eastern Airlines to begin his own shuttle service; his investments in Atlantic City and how that city could improve itself (this before its current downturn). It’s obvious that Trump had the moxie to aim high and succeed in high pressure (e.g. real estate) feast or famine markets. Less productive is his purchase of the “Trump Princess,” according to him the “most beautiful yacht ever built” and serving mostly to feed his self-admittedly large ego. Less believable is his claim to occasionally exercise by walking up Trump Tower’s 68 storeys or his popularity with street kids while visiting Brazil.
Indeed, then as now, he claims popularity and empathy with the labouring classes who are, he writes, among his best customers.
The book concludes with his thoughts on the importance of toughness and how the U.S. should, to halt its decline (after winning the Cold War), start righting trade and other imbalances. Here, instead of targeting China, he bashes Japan, a popular activity in the 80s and 90s often practiced by those owning Walkmans and VCRs. He also distrusts the recently re-united Germany, the land of his ancestors, citing that country’s destructiveness in the 20th century and its near flood of Mercedes (more a luxury item than anything) into the U.S. He suggests tariff barriers and a selection of prominent businessmen (e.g. Ted Turner) to oversee and reverse America’s economic decline.
This book could, especially considering where he and we are now, actually serve as a sort of “Mein Kampf” extra-light for those who consider Donald J. Trump’s policies and opinions mercurial and improvised. On the contrary, he gave a good idea of what he was about decades ago. What you see is, like many of his (steel and concrete) erections, what you get.
I love any books on Trump - they are always interesting and easy to read, because he just tells it like it is.