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Trump: The Art of the Deal

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  18,135 ratings  ·  1,365 reviews
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 he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friend
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2004 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
Dan Alatorre
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: true-crime, history
This is the strangest book. I would have been more than happy to have gone throughout my life without ever knowing who Trump was. I don’t watch TV and had never seen his show, which I believe truly was one of the greatest shows of all time, but I still don’t watch television, so I guess I’ll just have to take his word for that. And I’ve never been all that interested in business, and although he is the hotel and real estate visionary of the century (at least, according to the blurb at the back o ...more
Nandakishore Mridula
Nov 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
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?


I am interested in what kind of "deal" he's going to make with North Korea.


Opposing bills to end US shutdown fail in Senate, with no clear path forward

What's the deal now, Donny?
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everyone compares Trump to Hitler. I've read Mein Kampft and this book is nothing like it. What gives? ...more
Saad Farooq
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 & beliefs, even ...more
David Huff
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our culture and our nation currently find themselves in a remarkably politically charged, volatile, angry, and sometimes utterly ignorant environment. So much so that one could potentially be labeled and stereotyped simply for reading this book and publicly posting same. With that said, I offer this brief review anyway.

Having been in the business world all my adult life, I don't know how I overlooked reading this book back when it was published. It's not really a biography; more like a dairy of
Dr. Benyamin Shekelbergstein
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable treatise authored by a modern day Anglo-Saxon king.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good God ! The 1987 tell-all book overflows with complex business deals in 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 sharp, gutsy guy. Also, circa 30% of the book concerns financial ...more
Tom English
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Emanuel Ramos
Jul 29, 2016 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. ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 - this is probably worth reading - but I just didn't get it
Greg Strandberg
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, biography
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
Mandie Lowe
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew Fretwell
Mar 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Fabrizio Poli
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2015 marked it as noway-josé

Mr P and Mr T doing grown-up transactioning

My exclusive shelves:
May 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy
“I put lipstick on a pig. I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” -- Tony Schwartz
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
if you ask, you just might get it
Caroline Kelemen
I didn't expect to like this book, but I was amazed how boring it was! ...more
Jan 20, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can we all get a collective “FUCK YOU” to this sob? GTFO! You're fired! ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this expecting empty rhetoric and posturing, and while there certainly was a bit of that, most of the book is an honest look into how deals are actually made in the business world. Connections, favors, backdoor deals, bluffs and lies. It's really accurate, and seeing how Trump navigates it is amazing.

Would recommend to people who are worried about Trump's efficacy as a businessman or leader
Oct 28, 2018 added it
I read this when I was thirteenish? I found it in a used bookstore and read it. The only thing I remember many, many years later is that it recommended washing your used car before selling it to get the best price, which seemed pretty obvious to me. Best summed up as forgettable.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-read
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. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on. ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Donald Trump (Parody)
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
i've been told by english teachers at universities and schools all over the world that THIS BOOK is the NUMBER 1 TOP BOOK IN ALL THE BOOK RATINGS. this novel has been translated into more languages than that LOSER Gatsby was. A big "DEAL!!" ...more
Gale Taylor
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Maciej Nowicki
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The art of the deal is about management, leadership mentality. It’s a kind of biography presenting the life of Donald Trump until the ’90s – way before he thought about the American presidency. If you’ve ever tried to figure out how were people making money in the United States, you will find out that the real estate market was a great place to do that. Then, sooner or later, Donald Trump’s name comes up inevitably because he did many great deals and he, eventually, made a lot of money.

Now, thi
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Nov 21, 2015 added it
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.
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Donald John Trump was born in Queens, New York, on June 14, 1946. His father, Fred Trump, was a highly successful real estate developer. The elder Trump was of German heritage, and his wife, Mary McLeod, of Scottish background. Their son Donald was the second youngest of five children. He was educated at the New York Military Academy and the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University ...more

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