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The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life

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From the daughter of business mogul Donald Trump and a rising star in the Trump organization, this New York Times bestseller is a business book for young women on how to achieve success in any field, based upon what Ivanka Trump has learned from her father and from her own experiences.

Inspiration. Success. Confidence. Passion. No one is born with these qualities, but they
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Touchstone (first published September 21st 2009)
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Kimberly Smith
I must admit, I have judged Ivanka from afar as a spoiled little princess who had everything handed to her on a silver platter. The only reason I picked the book up in the first place is that there are entirely too few books on business that have been written by women. I figured I'd read a few pages and see whether it was worth it to keep reading or not...

I was blown away by how hard she's worked for everything she's got! Yes, it's true that being born into the Trump family came with certain pri
I picked this up because when I saw it, I was curious what a young woman like Ivanka Trump thought she had to say that merited a book deal. After all, she isn't even 30 years old yet, and just because she happened to be born with the surname "Trump" hardly means she has vast stores of wisdom to impart at such a young age.

However, both she and her two brothers, despite their wealth and priviledge have managed to stay largely out of the public eye, as well as completely away from any scandals or b
I have to say, I was tempted to give this book a five. One thing I admire is women who work incredibly hard. Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the Donald, has done just that. I love reading business books, but rarely do I find ones that I enjoy written by women. Ivanka is not apologetic about her upbringing, and acknowledges that she has had some incredible legs up. She also however, has worked incredibly hard in life - stellar grades as a student at Choate and Wharton, working as a model and juggli ...more
I read this more out of sheer curiosity than anything else. I am torn about how I feel about it, now that I'm finished with it. I really want to like Ivanka as she is out working and doing her own thing in addition to working with daddy. I love her jewelry collection - if only I could afford it. I appreciate that she is doing something with her life, unlike Paris Hilton. Throughout the book, she talks about all that she has been given and how lucky she is to be born into her family. However, thi ...more
This book gave great suggestions on how to be a successful business women. Some highlights that I thought were significant:
1. Read The New York Times, Wall Street Journal everyday.
2. Network with people that you may not know personally but have read about.
3. Travel was an important part of her education
4. Her father thought it was important for her to do hands on work.
5. Her parents didn't spoil her and mader her earn things.
6. Her parents splurged when it came to education and sent her to what
Elisha (lishie)
I like Ivanka Trump for some reason and since this book was ordered for work I figured I'd take a look at it. It's a super-quick read and while the points she makes are credible, she claims that she has worked really hard for everything she has despite the fact she's a Trump since her father has set it up for her to win or fail.
Now I know she's still had to work, but the nepotism part is truly hard to ignore when she's Vice President of Real Estate Acquisition & Development at only 25. She
Nik Nur Adila
I read this book after I graduated whilst applying for jobs/going for interviews, and this is definitely a good read and companion during that period. Reading the book felt like talking to your rich best friend. She's helpful, insightful and offers good advice. Ivanka takes you with her through the different points in her live. Privileged? yes definitely. But you can't deny she is headstrong, accomplished, intelligent and hardworking.

I have to say, I do like certain parts of book better than th
Ivanka Trump’s polished success manual

Since many heirs achieve celebrity for nothing but their famous last names, it’s refreshing to read Ivanka Trump’s autobiography and career-advice manual. Donald and Ivana Trump’s daughter comes across as an earnest, hardworking young woman who loves her parents and brims with pride over their accomplishments. In addition to fame, fortune and beauty, Ivanka also inherited a solid value system and work ethic. She became a fashion model in her teens, but the g
Maria Gebhardt
A regular on the Celebrity Apprentice, Ivanka Trump was born into fortune and has now soared to her own fame. With wit, humor, and insider details, Ivanka shares growing up as a Trump in her very first book.

An introduction advises readers to “Get over it” referring to her family name and connections that have helped her reach great heights while only in her twenties. The nepotistic influences might have helped her attain the corner office, but Ivanka explains how her drive, dedication, and ethi
S.E. Berrow
I confess that I have a little bit of a girl-crush on Ivanka Trump. I am a firm fan of the American version of The Apprentice and over the course of the few series I have watched, I have always been impressed by Ivanka's acute business acumen and obvious talent coupled with her ability to look so effortlessly glamorous, charismatic and compelling all the time -- effectively she is everything I aspire to be in business. On the other hand she is undeniably privileged and lucky enough to be born in ...more
I didn't have high expectations for this book. Having observed Ms. Trump in several situations, there was no doubt in my mind that she is intelligent, has good innate business sense, and a lot of valuable experience in the business world. However, I wasn't sure how relevant her advice would be to my own life and I expected it to be dry and somewhat dull.

It was a pleasant surprise to find that she has written this book in a comfortable, relatable style. It's full of good advice and information, b
Ivanka Trump is fascinating- she's had every privilege, yet she has not turned out like so many children of ultra-rich parents. She is obviously a hard worker, driven to make her own name in the business and wise beyond her years. I did enjoy parts of the book but overall I was a bit disappointed. I probably don't share a lot of the same values as Ivanka when it comes to work, and I do think being married and eventually having children might change some of her views. She is still a good role mod ...more
"A man has to be Joe McCarthy to be ruthless. All a woman has to do is put you on hold" Marlo Thomas

“It’s also curcial for women to be really supportive of one another. We should build “fearlessness tribes” by surrounding ourselves with women – and men, of course – who will always be in our corner, always there for us, whether we succeed or fail. It’s very important for older women, those who have gone before, to give a hand up to and to mentor their younger colleagues” (Arianna Huffington – Cof
Melanie Hobby
At the end of the day, I liked this book and got something out of it, but I'll give you a forwarning about it:
It feels like you're having lunch with your rich, smart, bitchy friend. She blah-blah-blahs for 4 pages about how she has this privilege and that privilege, but you still have to have good work ethics like ____ and FINALLY gives you one tiny helpful point that will actually increase your life.

Every time you're about ready to give up on her, she finally gets to the point.
Brenda Ann
I picked up this book because I really Like Ivanka's father and it was on the discount rack when Borders was going out of business. I couldn't imagine some Richie-Rich girl 20 years my junior could have any business advice worth sharing. I was wrong.
Ivanka projects a maturity regarding the personal and business advantages she received as her birthright. As a Trump, she understands that certain doors open for her that others never get through. Regardless, she pursues her professional dream in an
I felt that Ivanka Trump spent just a little too long justifying her existence as the daughter of Donald Trump. However, I can also understand why she wanted to state her case. Her stories of growing up as Donald and Ivana Trump's daughter was really interesting--the work ethic that each of them taught Ivanka and her brothers really shows. While Ivanka is definitely privileged, she isn't entitled and I appreciated reading about that. She gives some good advice from the business world as a young, ...more
This book was fantastically not good. I don't want to say horrible, it just wasn't very good. Ivanka Trump wrote this book about business. Take from it what you will.

Of all the socialites out there, if I had to pick any of them to be friends with, I would totally pick Ivanka because she does seem the most normal. You never saw her in the tabs, she never made a point to go out for the sole reason to get her picture taken. She just took the very lucky hand she was dealt and used it to her advantag
Pallavi Chamarthy
I always knew Ivanka Trump was intelligent, especially after I saw her as a judge on "The Apprentice".

"The Trump Card" has definitely confirmed this statement. In fact, it also made me realize that Ivanka isn't just living through her father's success; she has many great acquisitions of her own.

The book was primarily written as advice for college students (more specifically, post-graduates), but I read it anyway. I'm only in high school, but I found the book appropriate -- it's applicable in an
Overall an interesting book, but not very focused. It's part autobiography, part business tips, part interviewing and networking skills, and even part parenting ideas. When I read some of the methods that Donald Trump used when raising and educating his kids, I thought - it's no wonder why they are all so successful, if only more parents used some of these techniques! Some of the business tips were interesting, but since I work in government, many just weren't applicable. I also didn't think the ...more
I could really relate to Ivanka as a fellow Gen Y (we’re just a year apart so we grew up at the same time, same pop culture references, world events, etc), but I couldn’t always relate to her for-profit business experiences. I found her very candid and down-to-earth, which was a nice surprise. I also read the newspaper, value networking, and write hand-written notes. As I start my new position as a Development Director, Ivanka has motivated me to do my research, work hard (even on Sunday), and n ...more
There are many “success advises” books by leading male entrepreneurs but only a few by the opposite gender. Fitting for a young lady entering and looking to gain a footing in the career world, Ivanka Trump practical advises on navigating, overcoming obstacles, and climbing the corporate ladder in the business world are invaluable advises for the 21st century lady having to operate in a corporate world of men. Though she talks from her bulky Trump "point-of-view", it's plain clear there's a posit ...more
Monika Gierszewska
I was quite surprised to read how grounded Ivanka is. She doesn't take anything for granted & she worked really hard to get where she is at just over 30. Of course, the name helps! She's very aware of its advantage and takes full advantage of it, in the business context. She's a true role model for young, ambitious businesswomen.
I have read a couple of books by Donald Trump over the years and they have been okay, but this book I found very fascinating. Ivanka Trump has tried to make it on her own and become quite successful in her own right. She is smart, articulate, driven, and full of integrity. This is an excellent book for any young woman to read and learn that they can accomplish great things too. Ivanka shares experiences of growing up with money and a famous father, but she had to earn everything she has. Most pe ...more
I really loved this book. My wife loved this book so much that after she borrowed it from the library and read it, she bought it. Who would think that a 27 year old debutante from a high profile family would have good business advice? Well, like most of my life I've experience the results of her advice before I read the book. When helping me with my job search, my wife relayed Ivanka's strategy and advice and it brought me unprecedented success. While it was nice to gain a casual insight into he ...more
Cristina Nahra
Let me start by saying that when I began readying the book I did not know it was geared to the 20 something crowd. The book came up as a suggestion when I requested another book from the library that I requested to place on hold and that was currently checked out. With that said....

I realized the book was aimed for the younger crowd after I started reading the first chapter. I decided to continue to read the book because it truly was an easy and quick read. Much of what Ivanka said I already kne
Really 3.5 stars. I picked this up because I'm acquainted with the author. It is part auto-biography and part business advice directed to the 20-something with aspirations. As a memoir, the book didn't really work for me. I think that's because the author at (then) age 27 had yet to acquire the kinds of life experiences that warrant sharing them in a book. But I thought the business tips were really solid and, although I did not agree with all of them, could be beneficial to many people. On this ...more
Maris Bennett
Having watched both 'The Apprentice' & 'Celebrity Apprentice' I grabbed this book off a table at a discount store, interested in discovering what advice Ivanka Trump might offer. As it turns out, quite a lot. She wrote this book when she was in her late twenties and I was impressed with her grasp of the business environment, but of course she couldn't help but absorb knowledge and best practices from her father. A useful book for both young and older readers no matter what station of life th ...more
Jan Fiola
I met Ivanka Trump at my convention in Boston and I was pleasantly surprised with her. She gave each of us her new book. Although she was born into money, her family has made her work for it. She is getting married in 2 weeks and I asked her where she is going on her honeymoon and she said they are not taking one right now. Too busy with work. I wonder if that is just what they tell people. I finished the book and I recommend it for young people in corporate america. Lots of good advice and insi ...more
Ivanka Trump sets out to help the reader use his or her own potential trump cards by using herself as an example. While she does give anecdotes, and does dispense helpful advice in terms of getting through that job interview and being proactive in one's own life, any advice on figuring out what one's trump card actually is gets a little buried. True to Trump form, she gives a respectful history of her family and pushes the Trump brand. Not quite what I was expecting to read but I did enjoy it.
Ivanka Trump is an interesting person, but this book was not as interesting as I thought it would be. If you are interested in commercial development, it might be a bit more inspiring as a lot of her experience is directly under the umbrella of her father's development business. Nevertheless I did gain some valuable entrepreneurial insight. It never hurts to read inspirational messages. This book would probably be better liked by the early twenty-something reader though.
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Ivanka Marie Trump is an American businesswoman, socialite, heiress, and fashion model. The daughter of Ivana and Donald Trump, she is Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the The Trump Organization. Before joining the family business she worked for Forest City Enterprises, and joined forces with Dynamic Diamond Corp., a diamond trading company sightholder, to design and i ...more
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