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Donald Trump: The Candidate Paperback – Oct 3 2007
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"Blair does an admirable job of showing us a slice of America through this one family....The book has the scope and depth of an excellent historical read."
-- "Rocky Mountain News" (Denver)
"A fine, highly informative, and respectable book about a despicable subject."
-- "The San Diego Union-Tribune"
"Rich, detailed, and informative, not only for those interested in business but also those who follow celebrity TV shows and gossip columns."
-- "The Ottawa Citizen"
"Blair neatly captures Trump's uncanny business instincts, as well as his competitiveness, chutzpah, cruelty, vulgarity and hucksterism. And she catches him in his lies, or what Trump himself calls 'truthful hyperbole.'"
-- "The New York Times Book Review"
"It really is a helluva story, and it's ably told by Blair."
-- "New York Daily News"
"Blair is relentless in examining and anatomizing Donald Trump's business dealings -- she has the assiduousness and grasp of Robert A. Caro....She's also convincing on Donald Trump's private life."
-- Robert Gottlieb, "The New York Observer"
"Blair does a superb job explaining how Donald succeeded."
-- "The Philadelphia Inquirer"
About the Author
Gwenda Blair is the author of the bestselling Almost Golden: Jessica Savitch And The Selling of TV News, and she has written for Politico, The New York Times, New York, Newsweek, the New York Daily News, Esquire, Smart Money, The Village Voice, Chicago Magazine, and other newspapers and magazines. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her @GwendaLBlair.See all Product Description
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"The Trumps: Three Generations that Built an Empire" was a much thicker volume, divided into three equal sections: the first for grandpa Friedrich Trump's immigrant story, the second for father Fred Trump's rise in New York real estate, and the last for son Donald's takeover. Several glossy pages of photos were included so that we could see the family grow and change along the way. In "Master Apprentice," Blair used her previous work as a foundation. She stripped the Friedrich and Fred sections away, condensing more than 200 pages into an interwoven 6-page introductory backstory. She eliminated the photos. She kept the same chapter titles and structures for Donald's section and added a final 16-page chapter that covers the last five years, chronicling the Atlantic City bankruptcy and the tremendous fame surrounding "The Apprentice" TV show. The last four pages turn the reader's attention to Don Jr. and predict his own beginning success. While much of the original text remains the same, Blair should be given credit for retooling and refining some of the initial writing and adding new details where they are pertinent. The final outcome doesn't look or read like a slapdash piece, and it's not a carbon copy of "The Trumps."
Blair's work stands apart from the other books mentioned because of the substantive detail she's gleaned about every Trump deal ever made. (It's appropriate that many negotiations hinge on the Atlantic City properties, because the facts read like a never-ending Monopoly game gone tremendously awry.) Her research is exhaustive and her bibliography, extensive. She spoke to hundreds of individuals, though seemingly, not to Donald Trump himself. The result isn't a glowing account of its main subject but is about as neutral as it can be. The reader is left to decide whether Donald will ultimately ride off into the sunset with a white hat or a black one covering that signature coiffure. Given his drive to be the best and to have only the best, we know at least that the horse would be the fastest, the Stetson would be the largest, and they would both cost more than the average American's annual salary.
Read this book (or its predecessor) first. It will provide perspective for the rest of the titles in the Trump / Apprentice canon.
JB Capital Management