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Trump: How to Get Rich

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  1,559 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
First he made five billion dollars.
Then he made The Apprentice.
Now The Donald shows you how to make a fortune, Trump style.


Real estate titan, bestselling author, and TV impresario Donald J. Trump reveals the secrets of his success in this candid and unprecedented book of business wisdom and advice. Over the years, everyone has urged Trump to write on this su
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2004)
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May 03, 2011 Michael rated it did not like it
The ramblings of an ego-maniac who knows how to be a successful business man but has no idea how to write a book. Trump claims to be very attentive to details but doesn't have any scope or order in his writing. Its just endless name dropping and boring little anecdotes. If you want to get rich start with not spending money on this book.
André Bueno
Feb 21, 2015 André Bueno rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
- Don't do it for the money
- Keep it short, fast, and direct

- Be a leader and give your employees the ability to shine
- Stay focused
- Build your momentum and remain vigilant on your field. You need to work at maintaining this.
- Get a great assistant.
- Know your competition and understand what your competitive offering is relative to their product
- Have employees that feel accountable for the success of the business
- Get to know your employees to understand how to manage them a
Mar 17, 2008 Cherie rated it it was ok
If you're dying to know the art behind Trump's mop top and how he met his younger-than-his-daughter-wife, then this is the book for you! Arrogance and celebrity insights! Reads just like Seventeen Magazine!

No really, I was hoping to read about Trump's fascinating real estate deals, lured in by his challenge "Five Billion Reasons Why You Should Read This Book," but no, I got to read about his hair instead in a chapter that I kid you not, is titled "The Art of the Hair."
Vaishali Joglekar
Jul 17, 2016 Vaishali Joglekar rated it really liked it
The title suits only chapters 1-2, defining his iron will and work ethic. The rest, though, is a fun read inside Donald’s world: loyal staff, lucrative deals, celeb convos, and - most revealing - an hourly run through his personal schedule for a week. Wow.

Total bonus : A thoroughly frank looksie into the meeting between he and bankers post his $9 billion loss, and his screaming at a disloyal Mario Cuomo. (Good for you, Donald !)

1. I don't do it for the money... I do it to do it
Sep 08, 2007 Gabe rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of trump/tabloids
Shelves: non-fiction
If you want to see Trump fellate himself using only text, then this is the book for you! I thought I might glean a thing or two from one of the masters of making money, but I learned only that he's in love with himself and self-promotion. If there was something to learn in this book, I couldn't see it because I had tears in my eyes every time my gag reflex was triggered. He is not a man to emulate. I couldn't even finish it...but I did scan through all the pictures of crap he owns that he shows ...more
Mark Goddard
Aug 14, 2015 Mark Goddard rated it it was ok
The Top 3 things you will learn from this book:
1. You will meet a lot of Losers in life.
2. Trump's hair is real!
3. Doctors are money grubbing Bastards! ("The pot calling the kettle black")

The book should be retitled TRUMP: Living with narcissistic personality disorder (But HEY, Everyone Loves Me!)
I gave it 2 stars, because it did make me laugh quite a few times.
Jason Navallo
Dec 03, 2014 Jason Navallo rated it really liked it
I read this when I was a teenager. I learned a lot back then from this book about business and finance. A good read, especially for younger people.
Simon Keller
May 21, 2016 Simon Keller rated it it was amazing
In How to Get Rich by billionaire businessman Donald Trump, he reveals the secrets of getting rich and gives business advice on how to make it big. For many years, people have asked Donald Trump on his secret to getting rich and this urged him to write a book detailing his American success story. Trump writes his book in a humorous way and a light hearted tone. For example, “I’ve been accused of admiring beautiful women. I plead guilty”(11). Trump doesn't hold anything back, he tells it as it ...more
Lori Bigby
Jan 17, 2013 Lori Bigby rated it liked it
Donald Trump is definitely an interesting individual. In this book “How to Get Rich,” he relates many of his principles for dealing with people, real estate, and life in general. I have to admit, I think I would like him. He blusters, he self promotes, and he is proud of himself, but hey…he has been undoubtedly very successful so I suppose he has the right. I admire a person who knows what they want, and there is no doubt that Donald Trump knows what he wants from real estate, to décor, to food, ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Jack rated it really liked it
Donald Trump is one of those fascinating people I can't understand why I think he's fascinating. I'm sure I don't like him. I'm sure that he is a mean-spirited man who yells at people and micromanages them and destroys because he can. I don't think I would want to count him as a friend.

When I read his book, though, I could not help but think to myself, "if I were more like him, I would hate myself, but I would be rich." I also found myself saying things like, "if my father had been a millionaire
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this book because I was writing a paper on Mr. Donald J. Trump, and I was looking for a book that might give me an insight on who he is and how his mind thinks, and this was the best book that I could find at the store I was at. I read it, and let me tell you- I'm no more rich today than I was when I read it. Clearly his tips didn't work for me. Then again, I'm not in a business trying to make it to the top. It was kind of interesting, but mostly, there wasn't a whole lot to learn from ...more
Ibtihaj Farooq
Jun 12, 2012 Ibtihaj Farooq rated it really liked it
This book is more of a how I did it rather than how to do it. The author Donald Trump discusses the ways he has become rich. He talks about his techniques on how he became what he is today. It is just a bunch of his life stories of him making money. I would recommend this book to a person who wants to be just like Donald Trump or someone who likes autobiographies.
The Treeman
Aug 08, 2016 The Treeman rated it liked it
I must admit that I'll probably won't become rich after reading this book. The ideas are the same as what you find in other books, it is just spiced with the (in)famous Trump attitude of "it's not whether you win or lose but whether you win!"

However, it is entertaining and I suppose that is what Trump like to be shown as: A rich, crazy wannabe president of United States.

Zabel Pereira
Feb 03, 2016 Zabel Pereira rated it did not like it
It took me some time to classify this book. I think it will go straight to my humor category.
It's... incredible. Full of narcisism, ignorance, chauvinism and even mistakes. It is not a serious book. Humor it is!
Dec 01, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I've had this book on my shelf for years and never read it. I gave it four stars because reading this book gave me a tremendous amount of insight into How Trump thinks and how he views the world.
AdEle Mo
Nov 11, 2016 AdEle Mo rated it it was amazing
"Don’t Equivocate. If you equivocate, it’s an indication that you’re unsure of yourself and what you’re doing. It’s also what "politicians" do all the time, and I find it inappropriate, insulting, and condescending."
Stephen Gallup
Golly, a bunch of people seem to hate The Donald, and many of them are reading (or at least posting critical reviews of) his book. (If they hate him, why are they reading?) Because I stopped watching TV years ago and have generally tuned out of popular culture altogether, I lack the exposure others have had to the guy. Prior to the 2016 election season, I knew Trump was some larger-than-life real estate tycoon, and that was about it. More recently I've found people hyperventilating on Facebook ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Mac rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
It was alright at first then oddly turned inspiring. After knowing how the top 1% perform, it's truly remarkable how much they achieve in a day and the big thinking they carry with them every step of the way. I don't know anything about Donald Trump's autobiography so I can't really comment on his character much. Some will love him, and some will loath him and claim that he has gained mass amount of his wealth from lying and deception. None of that really matters to me because at the end of the ...more
Geenah A.
Nov 16, 2015 Geenah A. rated it it was ok
You know those chick lit books girls read at the beach or by the pool? Well, this is the kind of book that Wall Street guys and investment bankers read while sunbathing. Regardless of the title and of Trump's assurances that it is meant to show you "what it takes to get rich" (his words, not mine), this book is an obvious attempt to cash in from the success from The Apprentice.

To be fair, it was an entertaining read and would it have been marketed as such I would probably give it a better ratin
Abigail Wiren
Sep 12, 2016 Abigail Wiren rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this. Able to see some into the life of the infamous Donald J. Trump. Starting "The Art of The Deal" next!!
Sergei Moska
Sep 25, 2013 Sergei Moska rated it it was ok
Right off the bat, let's be clear: this book will not teach you how to get rich. A better title would have been "I Am Rich". The book is conceptually divided in two sections. The first consists of pithy advice. Nothing here will blow you away. There is some good advice, but it's advice that you probably already know. The second conceptual section describes "a week in the life" of Trump, followed by a description of how The Apprentice came about. These two sections are bridged by an awkward and ...more
Marisa Bantjes
Dec 31, 2015 Marisa Bantjes rated it it was ok
I decided to read this book because of the previous book I read "Don't sweat the small stuff"advising me to once in a while read a book by someone with ideas you totally disagree with... The argument being that you might learn something from an unexpected angle. Trump was an obvious choice for me of someone I totally disagree with. Funnily enough the book was similarly set up as "Don't sweat..": short punchy topical chapters with advice, now not on how to lead a happy life, but on how to get ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Waseem rated it did not like it
this book was all over the place, one minute hes talking about being a successful business man...then employee?! 2 very different things...and covers vaguely some good points...but not a great way to conclude the subject...

Now don't get me wrong, this guy is awesome and knows his business (evidently with his immense success) but hasn't been one of the better books of his or ones I have read...

An example is...imagine he was teaching internet marketing...he'd cover ppc, adwords, clickbank...mlm...
Pio Ibrahim
Oct 11, 2011 Pio Ibrahim rated it it was ok
Well, my friend Joe first read this book and told me how great and significant it was, he bragged how he can now manage his wealth and manage his future company... I got hyped but after reading the first chapter of the book I thought to myself what a shallow and dumb book. Ok coming from a family were I was raised in bussiness the book is nothing but general knowledge. I bet anyone working even in the simplest job would find this book extremely lame. The language used is very dull, sometimes I ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Glenn rated it it was ok
This book has very little to do with “How To Get Rich” and is more autobiographical, which I found interesting (for the most part). There is an attempt to relay nuggets of information which are congruent with the title, but, if you distilled them all out of the book, you’d be left with something only the size of a magazine article. I recommend instead J. Paul Getty’s “How to Be Rich.” It contains more wisdom and also details the very beginnings of his fortune hunting days, adventures which ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Pandakongfu rated it liked it
Though I do not believe in those crap. There are few lines in this book I got inspired in my teaching.
When my students did not perform well in the first exam, I encouraged them by quoting Donald Trump's encouraging experience: being like a Phoenix, relive out of the ashes covered by failure. He became successful though he had 90billions debts initially. Donald's quoting Einstein's aphorism: Imagination is better than Knowledge, also used by me in the class to encourage student use their instinct
Oct 26, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
All of the Trump news of late got me interested to read Art of the Deal but it was checked out of the library so I got this one and actually found it quite interesting

"Your organization (business) is your organization. Remember, the buck starts here

"Don't equivocate"

"Think Big and Live Large"

"Brand yourself and toot your own horn. If you're devoting your life to creating a body of work, and you believe in what you do, and what you do is excellent, you'd better damn well tell people you think so.
Temeika  Beasley - Spruiells
The Trump: How to Get Rich book title, would lead you to believe you will have the knowledge of this real-estate guru in the palm of your hands, not so. To put it simply, this book is about best life practices for success, a few insights into the Trump lifestyle, along with interesting biographical information.
I give the book three stars, the information was great, it allows the reader to understand Trump as a person and not the facade of a character which he has learned to masterfully portray
Nov 08, 2014 Giuseppe rated it really liked it
Excellent reading, although I don't like the egocentrism of Mr. Trump. The book is an interesting reading to understand how a millionaire thinks. The book doesn't reveal a secret to get rich, but it shows more a way of thinking. I could find myself in many of the experiences, episodes that he shares, as, I believe, anyone who is in business, doesn't matter the size, has. Those experiences helps to look at things from the business angle. It's a book that everyone who run or want to run a business ...more
Aug 15, 2016 charbel rated it liked it
it just describes how Donald trump lives and shows us what he owns.
Just being in dept of 9.2 billions dollars as mentioned in the book doesn't means he is someone that started his way from zero, and can advice people how to make their way.

If you are a billionaire and wish to imitate Trump way of living, may be it will suit you (NOT SURE) otherwise useless for other kind of folks.

It would be better if it was called " manage your billions " instead of getting rich nothing to do with "how to get ri
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Donald John Trump is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television and radio personality, author and President of the United States of America. He is the CEO of the Trump Organization, a US-based real-estate developer, and the founder of Trump Entertainment, which operates several casinos. He received a great deal of publicity following the success of his reality television show, The Ap ...more
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