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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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This Explains It

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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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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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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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Great Insight into our Deal Maker in Chief

Where does Trump: The Art of the Deal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This isn't among my regular reading choices, but upon Mr. Trump's election (and after reading Coulter's "In Trump We Trust"), commentators I read recommended this book for a look into President Trump's mind.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked this book in the same way I liked the Reagan Diaries - its an assembly of working day vignettes on activities and perspectives, and Trump's approach to business and people. It really provided insight into his deal making proclivities, his involvement -- and clashes -- with governmental entities and people, and his sense of style and accomplishment.

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

Kaleo's voice is well suited and very Trump-like in delivery, I thought.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Battles with bureaucracy and the making of the 45th President

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  • Stephen
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  • 06-27-16

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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doest tell how to make deals,.

doest tell how to make deals, just what deals he made. interesting, but you have to establish your own lessons based on the stories. Bottom line is you have to be willing to walk away from any deal and be patient.

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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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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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Provides Great Insight

Provides a lot of insight into the mind of Trump. The narrator, Kaleo Griffith, does a great job sounding like Donald Trump. Hopefully he does another one called the art of the election.

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  • Patrick
  • 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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  • 02-17-17

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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  • John
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-18-18

Advice

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

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  • Toni
  • 06-03-18

Trump 2020

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • Ewel
  • 01-10-18

The Man Trump!<br />

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

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  • sempod
  • 01-01-18

strongly recommended

it is fun to listen, enjoyable and good learning, makes sense

it is fun to listen, enjoyable and good learning, makes sense

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  • James
  • 07-13-17

autobiography of Donald trump

brief description of Donald's method, but the rest is autobiography. interesting, but not as expected.

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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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  • moises
  • 02-28-17

Background to who is Donald Trump

A collection of lessons and behind the scenes look at a man who commands leadership.

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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
  • 04-13-18

It's ok

Interesting book made all the better by fantastic narration. Not necessarily going to make just anyone a millionaire overnight but has a few things to say about the world of business. Mainly, I'd recommend listening to it if you care to listen to Trump in his own words.

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  • Oti Mesz
  • 02-03-18

Contradictions in every chapter. Well narrated.

The insights into Trumps life were good. Unfortunately it was hard to take his advice because it would contradict itself even in the examples he gives. The narrator does a good job of trying to make it interesting with good tones and timely pauses. I didn't learn as much as I would have liked to.

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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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  • 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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  • Jason V.
  • 04-20-17

Interesting insight into Donald Trump's life

Trump is a brawler in negotiations but he has a big heart, i found the last few sentences as inspiring quotes, anyone can be generous with money, but its your time that has the most value