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Summary

President-elect Donald J. Trump lays out his professional and personal worldview in this classic work—a firsthand account of the rise of 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 organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it. Trump: The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur—the ultimate read for anyone interested in the man behind the spotlight.

Praise for Trump: The Art of the Deal

"Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again." —The New York Times

"Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet." —Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating . . . wholly absorbing . . . conveys Trump's larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader's attention is instantly and fully claimed." —Boston Herald

"A chatty, generous, chutzpa-filled autobiography." —New York Post

©2009 Donald J. Trump and Tony Schwartz (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again." ( The New York Times)
"Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet." ( Chicago Tribune)
"Fascinating...wholly absorbing...conveys Trump's larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader's attention is instantly and fully claimed." ( Boston Herald)

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  • Patrick
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 01-04-17

Excellent must read view into mindset of Trump

I was fascinated to read this book because I wanted to know about the decision making processes of the greats. This book Gave it all. a little more detail than I'd like at times but some people might want that. Worth a read

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not impressed

it's basically just a list of deals done by Donald Trump. too much of an overview and not enough in depth KNOWHOW

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  • P
  • Camberley, United Kingdom
  • 17-02-17

For those who are seeking the Truth

I bought this and listened after a reporter summarised this after reading. What I heard was the opposite of the reporter summary. For those who want to learn about Trump it is worth considering. His wife and business ethics in particular.

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Full of gems. Always buyers for the best etc

bad narrator but a great listen no less.
there are many wise sentences throughout that make the book worthwhile, bookmark them and your on route to a tower of your own ;)

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  • 01-09-18

You should listen to this.

Good bit of incite into trump and his way of thinking. Some good pointers on business deals also.

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Advice

Good advice to dealing with contracts and deals but not the best story. You might learn something.

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Trump 2020

This tells a clear story how President Trump does things. Media should listen it too.

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I am a winner

it's interesting to see how Trump operates, but I will have to read some other accounts to get the full picture.

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what a great book.

Love the book, like I love Trump. He is great and the way he tells his story is straight forward and easy to understand. It displays the thoughts of a straight forward guy, with great intentions and great foresight.
To have him as president of the US is truly amazing.

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The Man Trump!<br />

this has been insightful snippet into what has made the man Trump. really enjoyed this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-18

Amzing

Amazing if you have a good attitude and want to learn this book is amazing

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  • Rob Thomas
  • 27-08-18

Understanding Trump

Best way to learn and understand what makes Trump tick and why he acts the way he does. No other president in history knows how to Make America Great Again or to Keep America Great!

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  • kyle
  • 26-08-18

What’s the big deal!!

When I was first coming into this book I was thinking I was going to learn about how Trump as made his fortune on this 11 key principles that you learn in the book but, instead I was in for a more full back story on Trumps life and what he has done and all the deals his was able to make. In my opinion that was just as important as the key principles of making a great deal.

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  • Jose
  • 20-03-17

Understanding the President of the USA!

Donald Trump is a Honey Badger! This book explains how Trump hustles and creates opportunity where others only see complexity and futile battle. He sees value in abandoned property, distressed hotels, managing total value, managing details, hiring the best people, and waiting for the "right" price.

He built a staking rink that the NYC government could not. He got Casinos built in Atlantic City that others could not. He fought rent-control fraud. He transitioned from a background in residential construction into into major, iconic construction. The easy thing was probably to quit or never try, how many of us challenge Mayors, Celebrities, and the press on a routine basis.

After reading this book, you will see that Trump is tough as hell and can usually out-last the opposition. Also, there is much of the Cornelius Vanderbilt in Trump. In the book, he is 40, today he is 70, this dude has incredible energy, toughness, and drive - just like Vanderbilt.

Book was written in 1987, he already talks about hiring/promoting women, accepting a gay friend, being bi-partisan, doing business globally. and renting to black people. These were not universal principles back then and show he is much different than the media want to frame him today.

The narrator is awesome, after a while, you actually think it's Trump talking. It's really well done.

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  • Ronald
  • 13-06-16

learned a new side of Trump

makes me want him in the white house even more making great deals and making America great again

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  • Joshua Coronado
  • 06-06-16

Great Book!

Great story about patience and never settling for less than what you want. I like how he never jumped into a deal to fast he had several steps he would make before getting completely involved in anything.

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  • Neal
  • 12-02-17

This Explains It

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book after Trump was elected POTUS. It's basically the blue print for his campaign.

The guy is crass, unapologetic, manipulative, and relentless in his quest to get a good deal. Manipulate tax laws or leverage the media to put pressure on others like he did with the Woolman Ice Rink renovation. Trump is Trump. This book was written in the 80s. If you're looking for him to pivot... it's not going to happen.

This book gives you a good explanation of how he operates and I was slightly more optimistic about his presidency.

Full disclosure: I didn't vote for him or his opponent Hillary Clinton; I considered both to be a disaster but since this is the disaster we're living with... the book gives you insight into how Trump operates.

Narration is good, too with a pompous northeast accent.

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  • Anthony Magrene
  • 09-06-16

The next President

This was a great book by the future president. This man is clearly pasoniate and great American. A hard worker and tough bussinessman he doesn't accept anything but perfection.

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  • Stephen
  • 27-06-16

Great listen

Trump does the intro, reader sounds a lot like him. Finished faster than I expected.
The book is a bio to around 1987, when it was originally released. It's also got thumbnail sketches of a lot of his projects from his point of view. Listening to it makes you realize that to make big bucks, you have to know what you're doing.
Fascinating inside look at guys who build skyscrapers, especially for a guy like me that never put together a bigger deal than buying a home.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-16

Great way to understand who he is

I have been considering him for my vote for president, and I wanted to better understand the guy before he was as famous as he is now!!

I completely recommend this book because it deeply goes into the process of building and land development. Read this book!!!

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