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Publisher's 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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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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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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Surprisingly enjoyable!

I bought this book intending on getting to understand President Trump better. I wasn't particularly expecting it to be well written, or even less, "enjoyable".

What I got was a three. A better understanding of President Trump, a VERY well written book, and highly enjoyable to listen to!

I can't recommend purchasing this enough!

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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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as good as a MAGA hat

the first three chapters were basically a day in the life of, but the story really opened up after that, and I loved it. I learned, I enjoyed, and will probably listen to it again.
the guy reading it sounded like Trump as well, really added reality to it.

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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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more than I expected.

love the book. I took away three things from this book . one Never give up two never use your own money three Trust your gut feelings . I never new Donald Trump did all the things he did and yes they were unbelievable. he is way smarter than I gave him credit for and I have a new found Respect for him. after you read this you will too.

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Read to Understand Trump

Do you hate Trump?
Do you love Trump?
Read this book to understand Trump.
Now I get it. Why he does what he does.

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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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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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  • 04-01-17

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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  • 03-11-19

A great primer in dealmaking

One great thing about this book is that it sets deals in a real context; not just academic or theoretical. And as with any good coaching, it’s up to the reader to pick up the lessons, they are not just spoon-fed.
The best part is that the Donald’s natural enthusiasm for dealmaking comes through in each chapter, which not only makes it interesting to learn from, but just an interesting read even if the reader has no intention of ever making a deal.
The narrating is done really well. Clear, easy to follow and in a manner which makes listening easy and enjoyable.

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  • M M
  • 09-07-19

Great book covering many business project cases

A great incite into the business mind of Donald Trump. As I am studying for an MBA, this book was recommended as an alternative read to the course text books to offer an overview of real case studies covering many different business projects. Pleased that I didn't listen to the political bias of students that hate without digging deeper.

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  • Harald Undrum
  • 03-12-19

KongHallal

I must say this book took me by surprise. I always have always thought of business as a fun topic but the way the book is written makes it super entertaining as well.

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  • AllanJensen
  • 02-05-18

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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  • 04-03-17

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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  • Dhyano
  • 01-05-17

Don't waste your time and money on this!

Not very inspiring, a few hours of tedious accounts of someone playing. his own trumpet.

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  • Mal
  • 08-29-16

The Real Donald Trump

The tale we are told in the UK by the press is that Donald Trump isn't a real businessman but just someone who was simply a beneficiary of a rich dad. This very enjoyable book gives the lie to all that and if you want to know what makes Donald Trump tick I strongly encourage you to read "The Art of the Deal"

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  • fadairo babajide adedamola
  • 01-28-20

Not what I expected but more than I thought I was getting 👍🏽

This book has so many lessons carefully embedded in between lines you have to pay close attention or you’ll miss it. It’s a great book to read and many great lessons to learn.

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  • Charlie
  • 03-20-18

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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  • 03-31-17

Outstanding view into the wanker running America

All round amazing.
Absolutely recommend this to anyone.
the bloke has horrible ethics but he can absolutely make a deal.
narration was on point too!

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  • Codie Vincent
  • 01-22-18

Hood book

Best money you'll spend on audible, highly recommend for those interested in business and how to get deals done

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  • Stephen
  • 11-11-16

Waste of money

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book is complete arrogance with little structure.

Has Trump: The Art of the Deal put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Donald J. Trump and Kaleo Griffith ’s performance?

Not bad reading by Kaleo captured the books theme

What character would you cut from Trump: The Art of the Deal?

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  • Kyle
  • 12-15-17

Fascinating listen

Really puts into perspective how the man works and thinks. narrator sounds very similar aswell

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  • Aleks
  • 02-22-17

Property developers will enjoy this. Great value.

For anyone interested in real estate, I think you will really enjoy this book. I got a lot out of the lessons learnt, the very candid conversation in development and an interesting perspective on development and investing. One to definitely add to the reading list.

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  • Johann
  • 02-08-17

DJ Trump is a Legend

Would you consider the audio edition of Trump: The Art of the Deal to be better than the print version?

Only because I can listen and learn whilst driving long distances

What other book might you compare Trump: The Art of the Deal to, and why?

I have no comparison and after listening to this book, I don't feel I need to listen to anything similar.

What about Donald J. Trump and Kaleo Griffith ’s performance did you like?

It;s good to hear an updated intro by DJT and Kale narrated the story well

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely as it needed focus

Any additional comments?

I never knew much about DJT here in Australia, but now I do. He is very consistent in all aspects of his personal and business life. I believe he will lead the US out of the social and financial mess that he has just inherited as president.

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  • Oscar Elmahdy
  • 06-16-16

No. 1 Best seller for a reason

Great insight into the mind of Donald Trump. Teaches you good principles using examples from his own experience

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-21

Absolutely amazing!

There’s a reason why Donald Trump is a billionaire and why he was president of United States of America this man is an absolute genius against all odds he succeeded what a great book what great motivation absolutely amazing the best ever. Listen listened to it twice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-20

Mr Adrian Praljak ( Australian Lawyer )

Loved this book.

Wonderful Bird Eye view of USA President Donald Trump’s Life & Commercial Business Deals over many decades.

Thank You

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-20

Great read

It’s s a good insight into the way the President thinks about management, he is implementing the same philosophy as President.

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