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Trump: The Art of the Deal

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  9,219 Ratings  ·  571 Reviews
Presidential candidate and former host of The Apprentice Donald J. Trump reveals the business secrets that have made him America’s foremost deal maker!
“I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”—Donald J. Trump
Here is Trump in action—how he runs his business and how he runs his life—as
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 23rd 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published November 1st 1987)
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America's favorite, number-one con man expounds on how great he is. And, how easy it is to fool people.

It is no overstatement to call this book America's premier political tract of the 21st century; It embodies the heart of darkness that is the "fuck everybody but me" mentality carefully groomed into the populace by the Right-Wing machine and which drives today's rejection-of-the-commonweal politics. Trump one-ups Machiavelli.

It is truly the Bible of Fox News/Ayn Randian culture. And just becaus
Jason Navallo
Nov 07, 2014 Jason Navallo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. In particular, I love how he's very detailed in explaining the moves he made to make those first few projects of his happen, and his motives behind those moves. One of the greatest business books I've ever read!
The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.


You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. Bu
Dan Alatorre
Nov 25, 2015 Dan Alatorre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most autobiographies of real people suck.

Biographies usually suck just as bad - and I'd know, I've read bios of every president and wealthy family in the U.S., the founding fathers, and on and on. They hire people to tell a gilded view of a selective history.

Trump's book is part autobiography, part bragging (come on, it's Donald Trump), but 100% interesting. Who wouldn't want to be young, rich, and good looking? But he's also smart and a shrewd businessman. Reading this book taught me business l
Nandakishore Varma
Nov 08, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-ever
I have not read the book.

But then hey, Trump did not write it.



Well, I guess he's not such a great deal-maker after all. The first chance he had to make one in the White House, he failed miserably.

Or maybe he's just a dealer?
Dr. Benyamin Shekelbergstein
A remarkable treatise authored by a modern day Anglo-Saxon king.
Mar 17, 2016 Dallas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone compares Trump to Hitler. I've read Mein Kampft and this book is nothing like it. What gives?
Saad Farooq
May 04, 2014 Saad Farooq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book twice. I read it for the second time because I had decided that I would read all books by Donald Trump again. I would say that it was not a waste time. This is definitely one of the best books written on business, negotiating & deal making. I think that Donald Trump has been very candid & sometimes even blunt in expressing his views. But this is the thing most popular about him. He is the kind of guy who does not beat around the bush. He stands for his ideas & b ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After watching him fire a bunch of people on a stupid TV show, I thought I'd seen the last of this bloke with a badger on his head, but NOOOOOOOOO...we now get US election updates here in Australia.

I was watching him make some sheila tug at his hair to prove that it WASN'T a dead badger after all and thought, "Hey! I remember reading a book written by this dude." It all came flooding back. If you're looking for a book on how to do deals - well maybe look elsewhere - or maybe I just didn't get it
Emanuel Ramos
Jul 29, 2016 Emanuel Ramos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Terribly uninteresting. Filled with mind numbing details of every deal he has ever done. Please don't read.
Good God ! The 1987 tell-all book overflows with endless, complex business deals... despite Trump’s sledge-hammer style. Salted with hyperbole, Trump spills the beans on entering a privileged, difficult world he himself was new to in the 70’s. Skating rinks, railroads, luxe buildings, television, football… Trump’s calculated risks are so vast, learning from his hits/misses is as rewarding as it is emotionally rattling. Make no mistake: This is one gutsy, sharp guy. Also, circa 30% of the book co ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Bettie☯ marked it as noway-josé  ·  review of another edition
The groundswell of worry about just how many political migrants will be marching out of US and into Canada and Europe is palpable. One thing is for certain, these refugees will be discerning, so we will welcome them heartily.
Nov 12, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you ask, you just might get it
Andrew Fretwell
Mar 15, 2016 Andrew Fretwell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very little wisdom, a whole lot of self-serving platitudes; I had very low expectations of this book but they weren't low enough. Trump once said at a GOP Debate about the Obama administration, "they clearly didn't read 'The Art of the Deal.'" Not sure how superficial first-hand and self-flattering accounts of a few deals in New York and Atlantic City would have any baring on the Iran Nuclear deal, but in Trump's universe it's all the same.

Two useful insights about Trump from this book:

1 - Trump
Greg Strandberg
Jun 16, 2016 Greg Strandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, business
I read all but the last 40 pages or so of this book. After a while the story becomes the same.

What is that story? Pretty much, take a hands-on approach to your business, make your intentions known, and then wait until things fall into place for you to move.

A lot of the time Trump was dealing with licensing and zoning boards. He always went to those meetings himself, took an active interest. He mentions many who took the opposite approach, and things didn’t go well for them.

There’s a lot on him
May 23, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trump's book was a really interesting read. He provides lots of insight into his deals, from what he considers a good one to the intricate steps of the dance that is making a complex deal. Moreover, Trump provides insight into his own thoughts and attitudes, his feelings on the world he lives in, and his place in it.

It's easy to see Trump as a greedy rich man, but I think this book shows him as more human and less of a caricature. At heart, Trump is a good guy, and a smart one. The reasons for h
Fabrizio Poli
Nov 30, 2012 Fabrizio Poli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is how Donald Trump made it into the business world. I always find it interesting to find out how successful people made their breakthrough.

Some snippets of wisdom I got from the book:

-"I always go into the deal anticipating the worst. If you plan for the worst-if you can live with the worst-the good will always take care of itself"

-"I also protect myself be being flexible. I never get too attached to one deal or one approach. I always come up with at least a half dozen approaches to making
If you are looking for a concrete explanation of this man, you will not find it here. While Mr. Trump writes eloquently of buildings that reach up for the stars, he says nothing substantive of his dreams or his nightmares. His inner life remains opaque to us. Defined by the baroque, Mr. Trump constructs a monument to himself in “Art of the Deal,” and like so many casinos and hotels, it offers little beyond its glossy mass-produced surface.
Tom English
Aug 26, 2014 Tom English rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps a guilty pleasure, but I really enjoyed this book. It's both very readable and very engaging. It serves as a good example of what it means to be proactive.
Gale Taylor
Mar 18, 2016 Gale Taylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to put it down. This man's ego is really something. I did find it interesting however to draw the line from his thoughts in this book to how is like on the campaign trail.
I didn't expect to like this book, but I was amazed how boring it was!
Mar 29, 2017 Bonnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbr9
Look, Donald Trump on Donald Trump was never going to get a rave review from me. We all know this. But my gosh, this was probably one of the deadliest dull books I have ever read in my entire life. It's predictably boring in a way that defies even Fifty Shades of Grey to out-beige. I bet Trump thinks this is The Art of War for aspiring yuppies like Patrick Bateman, but it's really Mein Kampf for lazy, entitled trust fund babies.

The good news is that I have *plenty* of material on Trump as yupp
Okay, i can see the eyes rolling. But this book was pretty good notwithstandig the dated feeling (it was written in the 1980s). I read it at the recommendation of my mentor as a way to understand "business as theatre" of which Trump is a grand master. There is one scene where Trump is describing how he got a financial partner to sign on to a deal to help build some mega-casinos in Atlantic City, NJ. When the partner and his team come to visit Trump at the site, Trump had ordered his construction ...more
Mandie Kok
This book was not what I was expecting at all, but now I can see why it is considered a classic. It is surprisingly accessible for a book about how to make successful business deals. It contains a lot of wisdom that can be applied to life in general, about how to treat others and also about marketing yourself and your skills.

The book documents various deals Trump is interested in during one week in his life. He discusses each project in depth and concludes with a summary of which deals were succ
Mar 27, 2017 Vavita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2,5 stars because Reading this was half interesting, half a real pain.

The good: The book concentrates on business decisions taken by Trump and why he has taken them. You can also follow the way his mind works when taking decisions. That was the point of the book.

The "a little bit annoying" part: Finally, you come to understand that the goals of his Deals are not important; what is important to him is the thrill of making deals. One example, he wants to buy a Holiday Inn, he doesnt know if this
"Next book from @realDonaldTrump: Art of the Fail #Trumpcare"
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An Ethicist Reads The Art of the Deal
Sebastian Valencia
This is partially a biography but also shows an insight of what Trump is thinking about in the heat of a deal. It starts out giving a week of his life explaining his daily habits. But, where it really gets to be about the serious business life as we know is when he explains the “Elements of The Deal”. He gives characteristics of a quality deal-making situation and how he uses it in his profession. Then he has flashbacks of the good times of his juvenile days in New York growing up with his fami ...more
Holden Barbaree
Oct 26, 2015 Holden Barbaree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 13, 2012 Waqas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially when i started reading this book, it felt like to goody-goody commercial stuff. I put it aside while trying to comprehend what made me buy this book.

I returned to this book much later and as I started reading beyond the first 2 chapters, I could help but be captivated as I turned page after page after page.

I think the beauty of this books doesn't lies in the overly positive stories that Trump has sketched to make the book reader friendly (perhaps?). However, if you read between the lin
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Donald John Trump is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television and radio personality, author and 45th 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, T ...more
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