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I was interested in reading this book that was first published in 2005 because it was the book that Trump filed the 5 billion dollar libel lawsuit over. In July 2009 the Judge dismissed the case saying Trump had not proven his case.
The author interviewed Trump and his family and associates as well as researching documents and archives. O’Brien reveals Trump as a very complex man. At the time of the book Trump was 1.8 billion in debt. At times O’Brien seemed sarcastic in his descriptions of Trump’s actions and business. O’Brien say Trump inflates any numbers he reports on including his net worth to the floor count of his buildings. The author paints a picture of a man making decisions on an emotional basis rather than from sound financial facts. He paid high prices for hotels that would never produce the income to pay off the debt. He lost a lot of money on bad business decisions over the years with his father bailing him out. The picture the book reveals of Trump we can now watch daily on the news.
The book is well written but is not exactly a biography. It reads more like a magazine interview. O’Brien reveals the underside of Trump. The book is enlighting and entertaining. Peter Ganim and Timothy O’Brien do a good job narrating the book. The book is short at 3.5 hours long.
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I recommend this book for anyone hoping to gain the overview of The Donald's personality & the cursory behind the scenes facts surrounding his most widely known ventures.
This book was the original & spawned a 5B dollar (failed) lawsuit against the author by The Don. There are several books that delve deeper, but this one is perfect for someone unable to stomach more than a handful of hours devoted to the subject.
Hint; this book may inspire you to WANT to go deeper into the subject!
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