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Who is Donald Trump? A presidential candidate? A carnival barker in billionaire’s clothing. A God? A joke? These are some of the many questions asked and answered in Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography written by New York Times Bestselling Author Marc Shapiro. Bringing insight into the psychology and motivation of Donald Trump was the Who is Donald Trump? A presidential candidate? A carnival barker in billionaire’s clothing. A God? A joke? These are some of the many questions asked and answered in Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography written by New York Times Bestselling Author Marc Shapiro. Bringing insight into the psychology and motivation of Donald Trump was the equivalent of solving a mystery. What guides Trump to the decisions he makes? Is his personality real or just a caricature driven smokescreen? Is he the living embodiment of a brand or does a heart and soul lurk beneath his flamboyant and often-bullying exterior? In answering those questions many heretofore unknown facts came to life. Trump’s grandfather ran brothels during The Gold Rush years. His father allegedly ran with The Ku Klux Klan. Trump punched out a teacher in the second grade. Trump lived a wild, sexually charged life at Studio 54. The true story of how Trump avoided the draft. The affair that wrecked his first marriage. Why Trump sued a man because he had the same last name. His biggest business successes and failures. If you only discovered Donald Trump with the television show The Apprentice or with his recent entry into the Republican race for President of the United States, the chances are you think you know quite a bit about Donald Trump. But the reality is that, like all larger than life personalities, Trump has cultivated his public image well. He’s been selective in what he’s let out and, when pressed, he’s been quick to deny. Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography has dug deep into the truth that is Donald Trump. And this is what we’ve found.


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Who is Donald Trump? A presidential candidate? A carnival barker in billionaire’s clothing. A God? A joke? These are some of the many questions asked and answered in Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography written by New York Times Bestselling Author Marc Shapiro. Bringing insight into the psychology and motivation of Donald Trump was the Who is Donald Trump? A presidential candidate? A carnival barker in billionaire’s clothing. A God? A joke? These are some of the many questions asked and answered in Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography written by New York Times Bestselling Author Marc Shapiro. Bringing insight into the psychology and motivation of Donald Trump was the equivalent of solving a mystery. What guides Trump to the decisions he makes? Is his personality real or just a caricature driven smokescreen? Is he the living embodiment of a brand or does a heart and soul lurk beneath his flamboyant and often-bullying exterior? In answering those questions many heretofore unknown facts came to life. Trump’s grandfather ran brothels during The Gold Rush years. His father allegedly ran with The Ku Klux Klan. Trump punched out a teacher in the second grade. Trump lived a wild, sexually charged life at Studio 54. The true story of how Trump avoided the draft. The affair that wrecked his first marriage. Why Trump sued a man because he had the same last name. His biggest business successes and failures. If you only discovered Donald Trump with the television show The Apprentice or with his recent entry into the Republican race for President of the United States, the chances are you think you know quite a bit about Donald Trump. But the reality is that, like all larger than life personalities, Trump has cultivated his public image well. He’s been selective in what he’s let out and, when pressed, he’s been quick to deny. Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography has dug deep into the truth that is Donald Trump. And this is what we’ve found.

30 review for Trump This!: The Life and Times of Donald Trump, An Unauthorized Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    4★ UPDATE: January 2018 - The hand played by rational thinkers was trumped over a year ago. Let's hope we learn how to play our cards better. My original review: - - - - Good collection of available information about The Donald. While this is interesting to international readers (who probably can’t escape seeing Trump on the news), this is intended to inform American voters. It isn’t a smear piece—the author pretty much lets the stories tell themselves. He hasn’t had to dig up anything new. As Shap 4★ UPDATE: January 2018 - The hand played by rational thinkers was trumped over a year ago. Let's hope we learn how to play our cards better. My original review: - - - - Good collection of available information about The Donald. While this is interesting to international readers (who probably can’t escape seeing Trump on the news), this is intended to inform American voters. It isn’t a smear piece—the author pretty much lets the stories tell themselves. He hasn’t had to dig up anything new. As Shapiro states clearly in the Epilogue: “If you did not get hip to the life and times of Donald Trump before discovering The Apprentice, the odds are good that you learned a lot. If you knew Trump way back in the day, the chances are good that you now know a whole lot more. But have you learned enough to walk into a voting booth and mark your X next to his name? . . . In the end, it’s all up to you.” The introduction is about today. “Trump is a master manipulator, a P.T. Barnum who can make anybody believe anything at the drop of a hat.” And “Marla Maples described her former husband as ‘the little boy that still wants attention.’ Ivana Trump [his first wife] was equally succinct in describing Trump, ‘He just wants to be noticed.’” Then there are several chapters going back to his father’s parents in Germany, his father meeting his Scottish mother, their building a real estate business, and little Donald accompanying his father all around Queens and Brooklyn, New York, watching deals being made and buildings bought, repaired and rented. Donald was made to do some manual labour, but then when necessary, his father’s limousine would come and collect him. He was a troublesome student, finally sent to military school, where an instructor said “‘He had a problem with being a cadet. He didn’t know how to take care of himself. . . He thought that he was Mr. America and that the world revolved around him. I had a lot of one-on-ones with him, some of which got physical.’” But he learned quickly how to take care of himself and follow a rigorous routine and make sure everyone else did too. He kept his military school uniform spotless and “there would be hell to pay if his classmates’ efforts were not up to Trump’s standards” when it was his turn to do room inspections. This could end in violence. Getting physical seems to be in his nature, and as he was growing into a strong, 6’2” three-sport athlete (baseball, football, soccer), he was going to be an imposing figure. I would say ‘intimidating’. Later in college, he favoured a ”burgundy suit with matching burgundy patent leather boots” when he unsuccessfully tried to date Candace Bergen, which must have presented her with a pretty frightening prospect! I read the other day that he complains about the 6’2” statistic and insists he’s really 6’3”. [No matter. He will shrink like the rest of us. But I digress. Back to school.] He finished the academy and went to the prestigious Wharton School of Finance (and stayed out of the Vietnam draft). After Wharton, he got a medical deferment which he now says was because of bone spurs on both heels. However, he likes to tell the story of how he luckily missed the birthday lottery because he had a high number. What he overlooked was that the lottery didn’t start until a couple of months after he’d already had his medical deferment. Here’s an unbiased FactCheck http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/... Of course there’s heaps about his women, the pre-nuptial contracts, The Apprentice, his appetite for suing anyone in his way, his bankruptcies (all part of good business management, he says) and his ENORMOUS EGO. He tried to sue a company called the Trump Group whose owners are brothers named Trump and who are in real estate development. Finally, the New York State Supreme Court ruled against The Donald. He doesn’t own the name. This is easy to read and includes Trump’s successes and good ideas as well as his obviously questionable tactics. To me, he seems so changeable that while he now says he is a pro-life, climate change denying, wall-building, Islam-banning, anti-Obamacare patriot, I can’t help but wonder if the right situation presented itself and it looked good for business, he would turn 180 degrees and argue against any one of these stands and convince people that’s what he meant all along. He could do it, too. Have a read and see what you think. Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for an advance review copy. It’s an extremely timely collation of material. All quotes are from the advance review copy and subject to change.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Thank you to PattyMacDotComma for writing a review on goodreads, which piqued my interest in reading this book. I was one of many people who did not understand the Donald Trump phenomenon during the election, who could not fathom the possibility of him getting elected, but it happened. I decided I would read this biography to better understand our president, his motivations for becoming president and what his agenda might be. I’m not sure how much new about our President I learned, however, it w Thank you to PattyMacDotComma for writing a review on goodreads, which piqued my interest in reading this book. I was one of many people who did not understand the Donald Trump phenomenon during the election, who could not fathom the possibility of him getting elected, but it happened. I decided I would read this biography to better understand our president, his motivations for becoming president and what his agenda might be. I’m not sure how much new about our President I learned, however, it was helpful to have all the information in one place. I felt that I knew the superficial Donald Trump from media attention over many years. I knew about him as the real estate tycoon, the Apprentice showman, the man with dazzling new beautiful wives, the alleged affairs, and most recently the run for president. He loves the spotlight and America has seen so much of him, but I was hoping to discover something more.. to explain his run for president as something more than attention-seeking. This book is well written and researched, covers his life from crib to ascension to president, and is easy to read. Shapiro describes a Trump who “in his personal and professional life, has been slicker than Mercury and just as hard to handle.” What we learn from this book is that Donald Trump denies and strikes back when questioned or attacked. He rarely gives straightforward answers. He waffles on his positions. He says outrageous things and gets away with it. He has had three marriages with beautiful women. He seems to have been enamored of the concept of “trophy wife.” He was having an affair with the second while still married to the first. He tried to broker a deal for Marla (wife #2) with playboy for her to pose nude, which she ultimately declined. What comes across in this book is that Donald is extremely vain with a mania for branding. He is a showman and a master manipulator. He utilizes his privilege and wealth to great advantage throughout his life. He gets into Wharton business school by way of family ties, he is able to escape to draft by reason of being at Wharton. He wields his money and power over the media daring them to defy him. He cares very much about his image and does whatever he can to maintain that image, including bribing journalists. He is extremely money hungry and very concerned with public perception of his wealth, to the extent that he has actually sued over underestimation of his wealth, in his opinion. He is prone to telling stories that are often untrue. Perhaps the greatest example of this is the propagation of the “birther movement.” Trump’s insistence on questioning Obama’s place of birth had created a rallying cry so fierce that Obama felt compelled to produce his birth certificate, finally putting the movement to rest. Donald Trump has proven himself racist. In his speech announcing his run for president he said “When Mexico sends it people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people who have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Multiple news outlets reported that the Trump campaign had paid extras to come and cheer for that rally and others. Trump has stated that if it were up to him all Muslims would be banned from entering the United States. Many world leaders have evoked a fascist comparison of Trump and his ideals, including People and NSNBC. Trump kept a copy of “My New Order,” a book of Adolf Hilter’s collected speeches by his bed according to ex-wife Ivana. Trump, defending his proposed ban on Muslims, in an interview with Good Morning America, cited President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s use of the Alien and Sedition Acts following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. In February 2016, Trump retweeted a quote from fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini that said, “It’s better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” In July 2016, Trump retweeted a picture of Clinton next to a star-shaped badge, similar to the Jewish Star of David that read “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever” against a background of $100 bills. It was immediately condemned as anti-Semitic, so Trump had the star replaced with a circle and #AmericaFirst. He would soon be criticized that America First is the name of a fascist organization that encouraged appeasement with Aldolph Hitler and Nazi Germany during World War II. Donald Trump has proven himself sexist and misogynistic. Megyn Kelly confronted Trump during one of the first debates with this question, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as President and how will you answer the charge of Hillary Clinton that you are part of the war on women?” Trump responded with anger and further woman-hatred, accusing her of having blood coming out of “her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” The Access Hollywood tape, released to the world during his campaign, revealed that among other things, Trump felt he could sexually assault any woman he wanted because he was famous. Trump had found an effective route to the White House in courting white lower and middle class men and women in the heartland of America. “Trump’s supporters were pro-gun, pro-flag, anti-foreigner and convinced that their shortcomings were the fault of everybody but themselves. They came from a world that was miles removed from Trump’s. But when it came to the countless rallies in front of thousands of confirmed believers, Trump was quite capable of speaking their language, especially on the road to the Republican National Convention.” Trump seemed forever the showman, but had no interest in putting together an actual campaign. Several high level members of his campaign resigned after power struggles and subsequently, his long time campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was fired and replaced briefly by Paul Manafort, before the press discovered he had business dealings with Russia. Fortunately for Trump, some far-right leaning Republicans, including Jeff Sessions, Newt Gingrich, Mitch McConnell, and others pledged to back him and began offering some much needed advice, like the need to pick a running mate. Trump’s main platform for his presidential run was creating jobs, building a wall between the US and Mexico, and banning Muslims from entering the US. He has allied himself with white supremacists, most notably Steve Bannon. As Donald Trump’s platform has remained thin, it will likely be Trump’s cabinet members steering the ship. This book’s publication date per netgalley, amazon and goodreads is February 26, 2016. However, the copy that I read through netgalley took me through a history of Trump leading all the way up to the day he took office on January 20, 2017. So, I’m guessing another edition will be released that gives this fuller biography. Or you can request a copy directly from netgalley, here . I’m glad I read this. I did not feel there were a lot of surprises within this book, but it was helpful to read about Trump’s life from start to presidency to get a bigger picture. Please note, my review is more biased than the actual book. However, I do find it hard to believe that anyone who would read this book and take it to heart could come away singing Trump’s praises in terms of being an effective or suitable president of the United States. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A short, and fairly unbiased, walk through the life of Donald Trump, from the cradle to his current presidential campaign. The author is a registered Democrat, but is not out to sway the reader in any particular direction regarding Trump. The book just presents the available information on Donald Trump in a somewhat chronological order, leaving the reader to form his or her own opinion. Personally, I’m definitely not on the “Trump for President” bandwagon, but I was curious about the person and I A short, and fairly unbiased, walk through the life of Donald Trump, from the cradle to his current presidential campaign. The author is a registered Democrat, but is not out to sway the reader in any particular direction regarding Trump. The book just presents the available information on Donald Trump in a somewhat chronological order, leaving the reader to form his or her own opinion. Personally, I’m definitely not on the “Trump for President” bandwagon, but I was curious about the person and I really wanted to see if he’s really the mad bully he is every time he appears in public/on TV. “Donald Trump has never met a person, place or thing he could not find something derogatory, nasty or unpleasant to say something about.” It’s a fairly short book, but I’ve read it very slowly and carefully, letting everything that is said about Trump sink in. The author did his research and his sources are well documented throughout the book. So, as it turns out, Donald Trump has always been a somewhat athletic, aggressive bully who always got what he wanted and hasn’t changed much about his attitude over the years. If he doesn’t get what he wants, he just throws a childish tantrum until the other party caves. He has always felt superior to everyone else and (supposedly) wasn’t very smart in school. He has made loads of bad, impulsive decisions in his life, but somehow managed to always talk his way out of bad situations. He doesn’t play games, unless the game is played by his rules. During his presidential campaign he has proven himself to be a racist, anti-women, and prone to controversy. He has shown that he can’t answer an uncomfortable situation or question and it seems like he is just coasting on personality and bullying tactics. I honestly cannot think of any reason, except for maybe his money, as to why anyone would consider this megalomaniac to be a suitable candidate for the position of President of the United States of America. This book offers a good overview of Donald Trump’s life and what made him into the person he is today. Recommended for everyone curious about Trump and maybe also for the people who are still unsure whether or not to vote for him. I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Maguire

    Love him; hate him, or love to hate him, the rise and rise of Donald J Trump in both popular culture and Presidential politics, is a salutary lesson in the possibilities afforded to the super wealthy by American society. The Trump phenomenon has spawned a plethora of books all of which can be categorised as follows: how to be rich like Trump; congratulatory biographical or impenetrable semi-autobiographical works, and those works which aim to destroy the man by way of personal attack. What is la Love him; hate him, or love to hate him, the rise and rise of Donald J Trump in both popular culture and Presidential politics, is a salutary lesson in the possibilities afforded to the super wealthy by American society. The Trump phenomenon has spawned a plethora of books all of which can be categorised as follows: how to be rich like Trump; congratulatory biographical or impenetrable semi-autobiographical works, and those works which aim to destroy the man by way of personal attack. What is lacking in this marketplace is a concise, and relatively balanced approach to the man. This is where the Author enters the fray. What emerges is a concise; no punches - pulled account of Trump starting from his parents and his father's relative successes, through Trumps' childhood and adolescence, and all of the personal and financial highs and lows which were encountered long the way, concluding in his Presidential announcement and the first phases of the Primaries. It is a gripping narrative; skilfully told by the Author, one which had been previously obscured by vitriol or sycophancy. By focusing upon Trump as a man as opposed to urban myth, it allows the reader to appreciate some of the brilliance and some of the controversy which Trump is prone to. A miraculous achievement considering the author's self-declared political disposition. In summary, this is a fast - paced; accessible, and gripping insight into the man behind the myth. If you are looking for a balanced account of the man who is currently dominating the international air waves, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is a short, but fairly unbiased, introduction to Donald Trump. After watching TV during this 2016 campaign season, I figured it would not hurt to get some background information on this Republican front runner, the man who regularly sucks the air out of any campaign coverage. Since the book is short, I finished it in just over two hours. The author takes the reader through Donald Trump’s life, with a short section on his ancestry, through his young formative years and through his business c This is a short, but fairly unbiased, introduction to Donald Trump. After watching TV during this 2016 campaign season, I figured it would not hurt to get some background information on this Republican front runner, the man who regularly sucks the air out of any campaign coverage. Since the book is short, I finished it in just over two hours. The author takes the reader through Donald Trump’s life, with a short section on his ancestry, through his young formative years and through his business career. As the author stated, he is not out to sway the reader in any particular direction about why one should or should not like and/or vote for this candidate. The author just presents the facts about Donald Trump’s life, leaving the reader to form his/her own opinions. I found the book a rather easy read, and its brevity made it also a short read. It did give me a good picture of The Donald, without any comments about whether the Donald will make a good president or whether I should vote for him. Getting into the book was rather slow, however, and I would have preferred the author not spend so much time before getting into Donald Trump's story. Short of making this a longer “book” (I think it really more of a novella, or whatever you call a non-fiction piece that is as short as a novella is), I am not sure there was any real reason to spend so much time “warming up”. As I said, the book has nothing new, but provides a good overview of Donald Trump‘s life, his background and those things and events that influenced him. The background on Trump’s life also supported my idea that the Trump we see today has not changed all that much over the years. I do wish the story had been longer, with more insight and depth, so I could get a better handle on who Trump really is. However, for someone looking for a quick overview, this will do the trick. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debbie's Book Vlog

    I have tried to read a book on both candidates for office before elections. Unfortunately I am finding each book I have read on Clinton and Trump tend to the bias side. While there is a lot of published information about Trump I find a lot of the news bias. Appears in other comments reviewers have made it appears that the author is a registered Democrat. Which could account for the slant of the book. I am not saying that Trump has said things appropriate in all cases, but many of his statement ar I have tried to read a book on both candidates for office before elections. Unfortunately I am finding each book I have read on Clinton and Trump tend to the bias side. While there is a lot of published information about Trump I find a lot of the news bias. Appears in other comments reviewers have made it appears that the author is a registered Democrat. Which could account for the slant of the book. I am not saying that Trump has said things appropriate in all cases, but many of his statement are being taken overboard or out of context. Some good information about Trump from cradle to current election/nomination as the Republican candidate. Many of the comments we have already seen from the press.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    The book is mostly based on various other books published already on and by Trump, but it balances quite well the various images he has in the media with the real person. It does not make you feel better about the perspective of this character as a serious candidate for the US presidency, but at least you are better informed. A good resource for both journalists and political scientists and anyone interested in the coming US elections in need of a quick update about what is to be expected from T The book is mostly based on various other books published already on and by Trump, but it balances quite well the various images he has in the media with the real person. It does not make you feel better about the perspective of this character as a serious candidate for the US presidency, but at least you are better informed. A good resource for both journalists and political scientists and anyone interested in the coming US elections in need of a quick update about what is to be expected from Trump. Disclaimer: The publisher offered me the book via NetGalley.com, but the opinions are, as usual, my own

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