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Trump: How to Get Rich

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,257 ratings  ·  177 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2004)
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Apr 22, 2011 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
Sep 18, 2014 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
Anish Mooonka
Mar 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
My 1st 1-star review and hoping it to be my last; as I will start taking Goodreads ratings a lot more seriously and Donald Trump a lot less.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: misc
For a man who claims that he doesn't read books,Donald Trump certainly has written quite a few.I'll say one thing for his books,though.Never dull,always amused me.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The title suits only Chapters 1-2, defining his iron will and work ethic. The rest is a fun read inside Trump’s world: loyal staff, lucrative deals, celeb convos, and - most revealing - an hourly run through his personal schedule for a week. Wow.

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


"I don't do it for the money... I do it to do it. Deals are my art form...
Oleksandr Golovatyi
The book is from the most successful businessman in real estate and luxury construction. Quite an interesting way of life of Donald Trump is full of both lightning ups and quite bitter falls. But the author succeeded in getting out of the situation and being on the verge of bankruptcy was able to find strength to get out of the situation as a winner.

Maybe not everyone will fit his advice from the book, but in my opinion, they are all quite successful and most importantly taken from the personal
Sep 08, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of trump/tabloids
Shelves: non-fiction
If you want to see Trump fallate himself using only text, then this is the book for you! I thought I might glean a thing or two from one of the self-proclaimed masters of money making, 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 ...more
Mar 17, 2008 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."
Mark Goddard
Aug 12, 2015 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.
Isabel Gaspar Pereira
Jan 21, 2016 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!
Kevin Keating
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book started off well with some good business advice. Then it wandered a little. Lots of needless compliments to people he introduces the reader to. One thing I liked about it was you could see the workings of his mind a little, for instance in the way he deals with Kim Jong Un or other people. He is always working the system and attempting to get the better hand on the person he negotiates with or against. Very easy to read.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Okay. Let's have a fact check here. Who was the one who bankrupted 6 TIMES and keep getting money from his parents? Donald Trump. Who was the guy who had 3 wives? Donald Trump. Who was the guy that said "I will make other countries respect America!", but made Africa(Calling them ****hole countries), Europe, Australia, Central America, South America, and Middle East HATE America. Donald Trump. Who was the guy that said "I'm the least racist person you have ever met, on CNN and called African ...more
Simon Keller
Mar 23, 2016 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
Ibtihaj Farooq
Jun 12, 2012 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.
Abu Kamdar
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
There is some good tips and advice buried in all the self-praise. But the second half is a really monotonous read, and too ego-centric. More advice, less self-praise would have made it a better read.
Jason Navallo
Dec 03, 2014 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.
Kair Käsper
This gripping book is packed with insights. Not about getting rich of course, but human psychology. Behind the distorted gloat-stories where Trump pours sugar on himself you get a glimpse of the values and beliefs of this truly extraordinary person.

This book was written in 2004, right after The Apprentice had become a hit and rocketed Trump to new heights of popularity. The incoherent, often contradictory and plain ignorant thoughts leave no doubt that this book was genuinely written (or rather
Antonio Kowatsch
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, there were some valid points that were raised in this book.
I just wished he would've toned it down with his "me, me, me"-talk.
It made the book seem like he's trying to sell us something. (pun intended)

The book does feature a lot of anecdotes, some of which should be taken with a grain of salt.
Like the part where he talks about how good looking his two secretaries are. A remark that he swiftly follows up with a "you don't have to be beautiful to work for me though". ... Classic Donald
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
The most useless book in my year of 100 books! The worst ever i've read in "how to get rich" genre.
P. S. I would rather name this book "Donald Trump: The List Of What I Do In My Everyday Life, The Secrets Of My Hair And The Long List Of Celebrities I Like & Dislike".
Stephen Heiner
So the shock had worn off. Donald Trump is set to be the next president of the US. I figured I should learn a little about him. Art of the Deal was written ages ago, and his newer book was too close to the recent election - so I went for this 2004 title, released as part of the major success that was the first season of the Apprentice. I suspected the book would confirm what I would already know: the man was very ambitious, not particularly deep, and a relentless showman. These qualities are not ...more
Brendan Keene
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is the most unintentionally hilarious book of all time.

If you're looking for the ramblings of a madman this book is for you! Or if you're looking for laughs feel free to read this one.

Trump spends 240 pages in which all he states is how awesome he is, how many famous people he hangs out with.
Mar 25, 2011 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
Yiding Yang
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This won't teach you how to start a business, but it will tell you how to deal with people. In this book Trump tells you how to use social skills to achieve success. His tips do not only apply to business, but everyday life as well.

Here are some key points that stuck with me:
- Be tough. You need to be tough with some people and command respect.
- Talk with the leaders. Some problems can be solved only by talking.
- Follow your gut. Take advice from others, but ultimately everything is your own
Mike Adeleke
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At one point, Donald Trump was 9.2 billion dollars in debt. His answer to this was he lost his focus. One of his idols sold his company for $100 million in the 50s, took 20 years off, bought his business back at a steep discount, and ended up going bankrupt. He told Mr. Trump simply that he lost his momentum. These lessons and dozens of practicable, actionable items are found in this book. In many ways this book is the opposite of "get-rich-quick".
Mr. Twinkie
Aug 08, 2016 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.

Apr 10, 2016 marked it as not-to-read
I will not spend my money on him.
Well this certainly wasn't my second favorite book - not like Trump: The Art of the Deal. He came across as a lot more arrogant and annoying in this book than his other classic. It'd be nice if he narrated his own books though. This narrator wasn't as good as the other. I've never seen the Apprentice and now want to see a few episodeys to see what they are like. He said all the women flirted with him on that show whether consciously or subconsciously. That's funny.

He gives advice to not
Mar 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
A friend of mine said he had some second hand books in English and maybe I wanted to have a look at them. I did. This pearl was among them. I suddenly felt an implacable desire to try to understand the mindset of Mr Donald Trump as he is one of the most loved and most hated leaders in the world. The book was quite boring and smelt a colossal ego, which is not surprising. What I learnt from the book is that if you don't like shaking hands but people yearn for your handshake, and if someone ...more
Grant Hess
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Trump: How to Get Rich is a book written by Donald Trump and Meridith McIver. This book has taught me a lot, but most of it was not useful. But the most important thing I learned was how Donald Trump thinks. I was expecting this book to give me more strategic tips on how to get rich. But it was more of an insight on the life of Mr. Trump. He is very full of himself. There is even a chapter of how his hair affects his presence in the media and how it helps him. This taught me more about him and I ...more
Rob Adie
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
First 3rd of the book is generic business advice you can find in any business book. Stay Focused, Manage your Momentum, Keep your Door Open, etc.

Second 3rd of the book is gossip about the lives of rich people. "I asked this guy for a favor and he didn't do it. What a loser." and "My friend was having affair with my other friend's wife." Real petty Days of our Lives smut.

Last 3rd of the book is an in-depth "week in the life of" where he sits at a desk and name drops all the important people who
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