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The America We Deserve

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The essential, bestselling book that first defined President Donald Trump's political ideas.

The America We Deserve is the essential book for anyone who wants to understand the core of Donald Trump's political thinking. In this book, written as he first considered running for president in 2000, Trump offers no-nonsense, populist, provocative, and dramatic solutions to issue
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 15th 2000 by Renaissance Books (first published 2000)
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Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Think you know Trump? Think again! The America We Deserve is Donald J. Trump's political manifesto and was first published in 2000 when the Reform Party was making a strong bid to recruit him as their presidential candidate (he declined). Co-authored by veteran journalist Dave Shiflett, it's a rather remarkable book for a variety of reasons the most obvious being his unprecedented 2016 scorched-earth campaign for the Republican nomination. The first thing you discover from this book is that Trum ...more
Chris Gordon
When not bogged down by the conventions of either the Republican or Democrat party, Donald Trump is able to speak his mind regarding every facet of American politics and reach a broad spectrum of citizens on all sides. Writing as someone considering a run for the Presidency in 2000 – and also as a potential Reform Party candidate – Trump's views from this time align almost perfectly with my own, as they were very Centrist in nature. He was fiscally, economically, and militarily conservative, but ...more
Benjamin Stahl
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though it was not intentional - indeed, this book was chosen by my wife (a lefty) for our next read - it seems fitting that I review this in commemoration of the Mueller report's anticipated completion. Trump has been on the receiving end of an ongoing, increasingly more shameless smear campaign since his country elected him. Though there have been some shaky moments where it seemed the lies, hysterical exaggerations and sinister leftist plots might actually succeed, Orange Man, the literal rein ...more
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: by-billionaires
"We don't have our dream handed to us. We build it. We have our vision, then we go out and make it real. Yet the tax system clearly punishes the nation's dreamers, big and small. That's why the Trump debt-reduction tax plan would benefit the American Dream.
Most people are not going to take time away from their families and work themselves to exhaustion trying to make more money if the government takes such a large cut of their profits. High taxes are a levy on human achievement and a subsidy fo
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book full of lots of information. Trump really does his homework, and I think I would vote for him! It explains in detail all the struggles and problems America faces, and how we can make it better.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was not one of his fans until I read this book. I needed to read other books by him. Too bad everyone did not have the chance to read this before Obama was elected. It may have helped the republicans/conservatives. We need some of his ideas today.
Victoria Wilde
This book was published in 2000. This is about Donald Trump announcing his intention to be president and listing all his thoughts on major problems and fixes in America. Everyone in America I believe should read this book with an inquisitive mind. There is valuable knowledge to be gleaned.

It's difficult to isolate the sensationalized micro-clips of Donald Trump vs the immense planning and care he took to mull over the problems with potential fixes for America, but that is how anyone would and s
Charlene Mathe
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this 2000 book, Donald Trump takes the measure of America, and lays out his thinking on many policies that work against national strength and prosperity. Policy areas addressed individually in chapters are business, education, security/public safety, terrorism, foreign policy, social security, and health care. How many leaders in American business were looking for solutions to these issues when this book was written, at the end of the Clinton administration? One of Trump's very interesting su ...more
Michael Jolls
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Published in January 2000, this book is a profound read. No matter if you love him, like him, irritated by or hate him -- this book tells you so much about the last two years! I'm surprised that the Trump campaign hasn't hawked this book more as it prefigures so much, although the chapters on the economy are dated. Divisive speech? Addressed. North Korea? Shit, Trump's handbook has been sitting here for the last 18 years! The concept of "America First"? Articulated with intelligence and fairness ...more
Jamie King
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-campaign
Make America Great Again

Candid as always DJ Trump lays out his opinions on the state of Washington politics and their effects on Americans, which have not changes much in principle over time.
The most important thing he wishes to communicate how special interest disrupts the American Dream, using simple explanations that are relatable instead of getting caught up with abstracts and impressions
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
interesting read on Donald Trump's political point of view.
Some of his suggested actions may be possible. Some are unrealistic.
He spoke of Federal Insurance for all and then criticized the Medicare system for being broke.
Yes Medicare is broke so how is Federal Insurance for all going to work out? He does not say.
I do like his suggestions on how campaigns should be funded.
(read to learn more about one of the candidates running for President)
Dec 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Stumbled on this book..had we read it when he wrote it..we would have known there was a financial meltdown coming, because he predicted it! Lots of smart, tell it like it really is helped me to understand the markets, financial waves and that he really is not a "bought" man.

Should be in Obama's Cabinet.
Benjamin Page
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm on board with pretty much all of his 2000 views, except for the "assault weapons" ban and the universal health care. Not sure yet where he stands today on those issues. He predicted a lot of the junk that came our way in the years after the book was written, including a more catastrophic terrorist attack than what we had previously seen, which came in the form of the 9/11 attacks. ...more
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Once again "The Donald" has a lot of great ideas. Since the book was written in 2000 many of the things he talks about have happened.
He thought of running for president so he prsence what he would do. I think Obama could do well to read this one.
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Umm.. I liked this book but thought it was more Trump opinions about how he would be a good president rather than actually....
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The who-what-where-when-why of HOW to make the changes necessary for turning this country (th U.S.) into what it should be...and he doesn't suggest more government. Our politicians should read this. ...more
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent book that shows Donald Trump that few people get to learn about. For example he speaks about Osama bin Laden and the threat he poses to this country YEARS before the tragedy on 9-11-01.
Sarina Gross
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
He is staying true to the visons he laid out. Some of his positions have evolved (no single payer healthcare).
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
He does exactly what he sets out to do.
Debra Daniels-Zeller
I got this book because I'm reading all the 2020 political candidate's books and it looks like this is the closest Donald Trump has to what might be called a book before the 2020 run. Also a lot of people here seem to think his so-called policies are laid out in this book, either that or they kid themselves because they haven't really read a page of this book. I have to say the two stars is a generous rating, but I'm giving it for the co-writer who put Trump's ramblings into complete sentences. ...more
DeBora Rachelle
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m was amazed how this book was written in 2000 yet Trump predicted what was to come in the future with the economy crash (in 2007 the housing / economy crash) and the book even mentions how Manhattan could become Hiroshima one day (then came 911).

His views on educating our kids being top priority and offering school competition so they become top rate is right on the mark. He mentions getting the safe streets we deserve and now seeing him as President, I can see he’s a man of his word.

His view
Tom Daoust
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

I never gave serious thought to Donald Trump as a presidential candidate back in the Clinton era, and was surprised to learn in this now 20 year old book that he was giving very serious thought to the problems America faces. In this book I learned that he sincerely loves America, sees its major problems clearly, and in the true spirit of a guy who loves to fix things wants to change things for the better.

Trump has the courage to tell it like it is, and because he doesn’t need the mo
Kelly Hansen
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative, educational

This book is very informative, if you are a hater and think President Trump is so bad, or only about big money, you'll change your thoughts if you read this book.
He is an incredibly smart man despite what the haters and news media say.
Jan 07, 2021 marked it as the-rump
January 6, 2021


Fuck off and die already.

if i had a tweeter account, i'd gladly lose my "privileges" to use it just to send those words to it (aka TheRump, aka the walking anus in chief)
Skylar Newbury
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen H Padgett
The man who would become our 45th President

This is the real Donald J Trump. Unfiltered. He is now keeping his promises to the American people. Thank you Mr. President
Patrick Ma
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Back when he was a member of the Reform Party. Everything turned out okay though. His business books are more enjoyable and useful.
Joshua Sampson
Empty. Vacuous. Ghost written, but smug and disingenuous. Bitter at times, but not surprising in the least. “The Trumps believe in getting even.” (96)
This isn't the Donald J. Trump we think we know. Written 20 years ago, Donald Trump addresses issues relevant and pressing in our culture and society today. To better understand Trump is to read this book. It's quite a revealing insight into the mind of a keen, astute, sharply analytical man. ...more
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