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Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"Who knows more about success than Ivanka Trump? Buy it and learn something!" —Judge Jeanine Pirro
"This is a chatty step-by-step guide to living a happy life and getting ahead in a career." —USA Today
"Ivanka shows how success starts with a certain mindset that can take anyone to the front office." —Mika Brzezinski, co-host of Morning Joe and author of Knowing Your Value
"The advice is spot-on for everyone, not just women." —Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and author of Delivering Happiness
About the Author
IVANKA TRUMP is First Daughter and Advisor to the President. She wrote this book before the 2016 election, when she was the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, cofounder of Trump Hotels, and CEO and founder of the Ivanka Trump Collection and IvankaTrump.com. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is the bestselling author of The Trump Card. Ivanka has been included on Fortune magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list and was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She and her husband have three young children and live in Washington, D.C.
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When I heard the (mostly) negative coverage that greeted the release of Women Who Work, I was curious to see if the book was as bad as people claimed. I was also determined to judge Ivanka’s writing on its own merits and ignore the fact that, IMHO, her father’s presidency is the political version of a sewage spill.
Needless to say, I was not impressed. Women Who Work is the literary and philosophical equivalent of Laffy Taffy. No kidding, I’ve read pop-up books that contained more insight into the human condition.
The book is essentially a mishmash of quotes (often taken out of context) from artists, activists, philosophers, and other influential people and personal anecdotes and bromides from the author which are about as sophisticated as “Make America Great Again!” In the course of reading, it was difficult for me to discern whether Ivanka utilized all those quotes in an effort to lend substance to her own words or to simply pad the book. Either way, the result is hardly enlightening. The borrowed words of wisdom only serve to highlight Ivanka’s shortcomings in this area; rather than standing on the shoulders of geniuses, the author is groveling at their feet.
Much has already been made of Ivanka’s lead-footed attempts to make her One Percent lifestyle seem relatable to average working women. For me, the most egregious example of this was when she revealed that during the 2016 presidential campaign, “I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care.”
This isn’t just tone-deaf; it’s tone-blind, too. To be fair though, I’ve read that Abraham Lincoln’s campaign manager had the same problem. (that’s a joke, btw)
In sum, Women Who Work is the sort of book that could only have been written by someone who received her own jewelry line because Daddy could afford to give her one. Women Who Work displays the kind of “feminism” that Leona Helmsley might have subscribed to.
That being said, I’d like to stress here that I believe Ivanka is a smart, accomplished woman and a hard worker—someone who would have gone far in life no matter who her father was. And it’s not her fault that she was born in the king’s castle instead of the woodcutter’s hut. But that doesn’t make reading her book any easier.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a book to challenge and enlighten you, then avoid Women Who Work at all costs. On the other hand, if you would like to read this book but can’t afford the ridiculous price, then just staple a bunch of Hallmark greeting cards together and read those. You’ll end up with the exact same outcome.
In recently released government financial disclosures it was revealed that the "author" and her husband possess a net worth of 740 million dollars and yet a mere portion of the profit from this book goes to charity?!?
For that fact alone this book deserves one lousy star.