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The Art of Her Deal

The Untold Story of Melania Trump
Narrated by: Mary Jordan
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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This revelatory biography of Melania Trump from Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan “deftly, and without agenda, decodes Melania [Trump]” (NBC News) who is far more influential in the White House than most people realize.

Based on interviews with more than 100 people in five countries, The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump draws an unprecedented portrait of the first lady. While her public image is of an aloof woman floating above the political gamesmanship of Washington, behind the scenes Melania Trump is not only part of President Trump’s inner circle, but for some key decisions she has been his single most influential adviser.

Throughout her public life, Melania Trump has purposefully worked to remain mysterious. With the help of key people speaking publicly for the first time and never-before-seen documents and tapes, The Art of Her Deal looks beyond the surface image to find a determined immigrant and the life she had before she met Donald Trump. Mary Jordan traces Melania’s journey from Slovenia, where her family stood out for their nonconformity, to her days as a fledgling model known for steering clear of the industry’s hard-partying scene, to a tiny living space in Manhattan she shared platonically with a male photographer, to the long, complicated dating dance that finally resulted in her marriage to Trump. Jordan documents Melania’s key role in Trump’s political life before and at the White House and shows why he trusts her instincts above all.

The picture of Melania Trump that emerges in The Art of Her Deal is one of a woman who is savvy, steely, ambitious, and deliberate and who plays the long game. And while it is her husband who became famous for the phrase "the art of the deal", it is she who has consistently used her leverage to get exactly what she wants. This is the story of the art of her deal. 

©2020 Mary Jordan. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • BKfr0mTX
  • 17-06-20

Wanted to love this book

I'm about halfway through the book and I'm bored to tears. While I am not a fan of her husband, I love Melania and was looking for something more than what this book offered. Maybe it's the lack of sources willing to go in the record with anything other than surface level information, but this just felt like a constant ego stroke to a woman who clearly does not want or need it. Needed this to go deeper and it fell flat. Also wish the author would have found someone else to narrate. Her narration was one of the hardest things to get through. I have to admit this is one of the first audible books I will not be finishing.

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  • M. Welty
  • 21-06-20

disappointed but not surprised

Well, it was not a professional depiction of a first lady. it was more of an insight into 2 people, both driven to succeed in different ways and their co-dependence on one another to do it. The only thing I got out of it was the bartering of how Trump decided to marry this woman based on a calculation of her image for his political goals. She in turn wanted what he represented and found her way to it through the key to his heart..blind loyalty. The author stated she loved him. Please. She was as driven to use him as he her. This is no love story. it's a merger, with mutual goals of superficiality and glamour, and the political power Trump decided he was destined for.

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  • Database Goddess
  • 16-06-20

Yes, it's true

To the reviewer who asks if this is true because Melania's press secretary says it's fiction: A Pulitizer-prize winning journalist wrote it so I don't think it should be written off as untrue immediately. It's an unauthorized biography. What subject of an unauthorized biography would say it was true?

I think Trump supporters will start flooding the reviews with negative ones just to try to bolster Donald Trump.

I'll edit this review when I've finished the book.

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It's largely flattering but it does point out that she doesn't speak French, German, or Italian, all of which she has claimed she is fluent in speaking. It also proves she left university in her first year to model while she claimed to have graduated with a bachelor's degree. Otherwise, quite complementary but the author is limited in finding out any of Melania's true thoughts. The author apparently researched very thoroughly but was allowed only one interview with the book's subject so she had to work within that confine.

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  • Dr. Bill- Northern NJ-USA
  • 18-06-20

Pre- Medicate with Xanax Prior

Irrespective of Republican or Democrat - The USA deserves to be handled with Dignity, Class, Grace, and Decorum on the World Stage. We are currently the laughing stock of the entire globe. ALL Americans deserve better! “God Bless America”!(Which was written by an immigrant)

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  • sarah spicer
  • 19-06-20

a waste of time.

not worth the credit I spent on it. information that could have been gained from any tabloid rag dont waste your time.

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  • Janet G.
  • 24-06-20

Hard to finish

I learned nothing of substance about a vapid woman who has nothing to offer humanity.

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  • Surestock
  • 21-06-20

Melania is as forgetable as the other wives

There really was nothing new in this book that we didn't already know, besides the ultimate deal she made for Barron. Melania has allowed herself to be a tool for Trump, and she is as shallow as her husband. They deserve each other. So this wasn't very riveting for me. If you don't follow politics, you may like this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-06-20

A complicated and intriguing woman

I listened this in one sitting. she is not a puppet or a gold digger. She is an intelligent and fascinating woman.

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  • Mary526
  • 22-06-20

Boring Subject!!, Boring Book!!

I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to listen to this book? I have been burnt out on Donald Trump and consequently his wife for a long time. In parts of this book, I felt the author was glamorizing Trump and Melania through the public’s shallow eyes.The implication seemed to be, “Oh, we should all be so impressed with this story.” It was very tabloid, superficial and shallow. It was sickening to listen to.

Later on, I got the impression the author was showing possibilities that Melania was dishonest and no better than Trump. When she was trying to paint the fairy tail fantasy picture, it felt insincere. The entire book reeked of insincerity. The truth is that if Melania Trump did not have an ounce of decency in her veins, or she would have stayed away from the Donald. I came away with the conclusion that Melania was using Donald as much as he was using her. I think very little of these two people and I won’t waste my time reading about them again. This book was written to please the masses, who really don’t care about values and morals. Vacuous book!!

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  • buyer
  • 19-06-20

Good

But I don’t think authors should read their own Books. Let the professionals enhance the material.

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