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The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  790 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
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
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Touchstone
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Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
Seeing as I'm a woman working in the cut-throat corporate world of finance, I would never derogate another who is clearly on top of her game.

Although having read this, I come away with nothing. Which leads me to the conclusion that what Ivanka fails to convey is empathy and, an understanding of the obstacles and disadvantages that other people endure while attempting to get even a tenth of the opportunities that are offered, solely because of the name Trump, to her.

Surely, there are employees a
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
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Tira Kindler
Mar 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Ivanka doesn't shed any light on how to "play to win in work and life" she mainly details her struggles with being too hot and sexy to feel like she's being taken seriously along with the daunting task of proving that she's a success in her own right and not simply because she's a Trump, yawn. Oh, and how hard it is to be a woman in her business which is probably true but it's just so hard to feel sorry for her, ya know? I typically rate a non-fiction book based on the one pattern ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was targeted at high school kids...? Beyond simple no-brainers, I found very little serious business guidance within these pages. It is difficult to take advice about hard work and perseverance from someone whose assets were handed to them; also the fact that they're a "big fan" of Kanye West.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was just ok. I expected a lot more business advice and a smart read but instead I got a sprinkle of practical business advice and a whole lot of Ivanka's upbringing, her life and general thoughts on most things and many references to who her father is and her "model looks". It was a lot slower than I expected and I did not get much out of it. Disappointed.
Selina Kyle
This book is about someone who has never had to overcome anything telling you how to "win". This book is about someone so vapid and selfish that she pats herself on the back for having a lemonade stand as a child, which was failing until (genius!) she and her brothers begged their maids for spare change. As she puts it, those maids sure "dug deep into their change purses" for those kids.

Oh, Ivanka, you dolt.

She also thinks she and her brothers were super clever for lying to their friends and ch
In some ways, you kind of have to admire Ivanka Trump. While she's born into privilege, she's also achieved a lot as a businesswoman, reality show star, past model, and now, apparently, as adviser to the president.

I've always held a fascination for powerful female figures. Unlike Hillary Clinton, another very politically successful woman (whose memoir I have yet to fully finish), not only is Ivanka Trump successful, but she architects what appears to be a charmed life. I'm not privy to her priv
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, I listen to a book and wonder: why did I choose that book? This was one of those books.

Nothing is particularly offensive or wrong in The Trump Card, it's just not particularly interesting. And perhaps it was the narrator, but Trump comes off as mildly condescending and mildly self-important, especially the name-dropping "Bulletins from my Blackberry" section.

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
Keep Calm Novel On
How did she get a book deal. There are so many talented authors that are unable to get a deal. Don't waste your time.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Id date her if she was my daughter
Lei Yu
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
过去的一年,发生在美国最大的事件,应该就是特朗普(Donald Trump)在超高民意的支持下击败竞争对手希拉里当选第四十五任美国总统。这个结果让很多国家包括美国在内的主流媒体舆论大哗,因为在特朗普提出竞选总统的时候,大部分人是把这当成一个笑话来看的:一个搞金融房地产没有任何政治经验的七十岁老头子怎么可能当选美国总统?而当笑话变成事实,场面就有些尴尬了。

让人印象深刻的是,特朗普的女儿伊万卡(Ivanka Trump)登台进行助选演讲,这个美丽端庄从容淡定的女人一下子抓住了很多观众的心,中国的公众号争先恐后对她进行报道,各种鸡汤文也拼了命的紧随其后,突然呈现出井喷的趋势,简单说来就是生女当如伊万卡,永远的女神,成功的女性,下一届美国总统之类的。演讲的内容很精彩,作为范文来欣赏是极好的,随便摘抄一段都是精华:
We have a chance this year, to reclaim our heritage as a country that dreams big and makes the impossible happen. Fortunately, Donald Trump is
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
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this out from my local library. I am not a Trump family fan but I like to be informed & feel it best to get info direct to form opinions. That said this was an easy read. It was interesting enough. I would say it was more of a short biography with a business setting but not really a business book per se. Ivanka breaks down each chapter according to a different business philosophy or angle but its still mainly a biography. Shes likeable enough and shes clearly smart and articulate ( ...more
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
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, business
"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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the ever present Trump news in the media it can be all too easy to make generalizations about anyone who holds that last name. Whether your opinions are positive or negative, it is quite clear in her book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, that Ivanka Trump is her own woman. Published in 2009 when Ivanka was not yet 30, this book demonstrates her remarkable intelligence and understanding of how to know your strengths and passions and leverage them to your greatest advantage. ...more
Camila Garcia
I really liked the book, but I guess it could be better.
Before I bought it, I read a lot of reviews. I have to say that I agree with most of them: the book doesn't provide much information about how to be successful in your own way or how to develop your own skills. It's more like an autobiography, where Ivanka shares really interesing events but to be honest, nobody can relate to that. She had a lot of tools that most people don't have. And though I think it was interesting to read about her li
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Leng Karen Xiuying
I enjoyed this book. It was fluidly written and i could empathise with the various lessons that Ms Trump shared in her personal anecdotes. I loved the bulletin inserts at the start of every chapter, her sharing of notes that offered bite sized sharing on what matters in work life.

Some parts came across as trying too hard, like the parts about coming in to work on Sunday. Probably because I always feel you should prioritise rest days so that you can run better and longer during the wok week. How
Jill Tool
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ivanka Trump gives some great advice here for those that are wanting to become more professional at their job. The daughter of Donald Trump, also gives insight as to how her parents raised her and her sibling. If you think this girl was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, you are so totally mistaken. Other than being give a good education, the Trump children were not given to at their every whim. Ivanka shares many different stories about lessons being taught to her, even though she didn't un ...more
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
Brenda Ann
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tv
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
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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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