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Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin; Reissue edition (April 12, 2016)
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
The book starts off with this grandfather’s immigration to America wonderful entrepreneurial adventures. Then it progresses to his father wonderful business ventures. He or she made his name and fortune in the NEW YORK real estate business, specifically catering to middle school renters in Queens. He or she taught his son all he knew about real estate business. In addition, he has instilled a killer “always be a champion no matter what” instinct into his son. Mr. D’Antonio follows the son’s life from his years as a child days wonderful schooling at the brutal military institution where he was informed it (and the author does show how the word brutal was no exaggeration). This seems to have played a very important role in giving him the personality he has today (i. e., fierce, ferocious, no rules barred, champion takes all attitude, always pushing the boundaries to get what he would like, etc. ). The author, however, does not interview too many of his instructors and fellow class mates (or if he performed, does not do point out the results in too much detail). That is one of the big problems with this book. This particular is very much the alternative of David Remick’s “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barrack Obama”. In this book Mr. Remick did a meticulous job at interviewing (and delivering to his readers the results of these interviews) a very large number of individuals who knew Mr. Obama personally in an effort to figure out who Obama “the man” was (ironically that author neglects at that task just like Mr. D’Antonio does – read more about that below). Mr. D’Antonio should have done a more effective job at interviewing more people who knew Mr. Overcome personally and presenting those interviews to the reader with the goal of using their knowledge of Mr. Overcome to ensure that the reader determine out who Mr. Overcome “the man” is.
The particular book then follows Overcome through the rest of his life until his run for the Whitened House. The reader understands of many of Mr. Trump’s personality quirks and traits (i. e., always attacks those that criticize him, a distorted sense of truth, boundless narcissism, loyalty to those who were loyal to him [a characteristic in Trump’s early life that Mr. D’Antonio does not look at in Trump’s later life], etc. ). Even though identification of these traits gives us an important picture of his personality the reader is still not presented with a photo of who Mr. Trump “the man” really is. Regarding an overview of who “the man” is Mr. D’Antonio, like so many, is merely stumped. He even admits as much. Upon p. 335 of the paperback he writes “Anyone who attempted to grasp the “real” Trump was likely to fail. As the …. Gossip columnist Liz Smith tells me, ‘I have known him eternally, and can’t figure him out”. Even his first two wives expressed this exact same view to Mr. Antonio.
In short, a book that provides all of us a significant picture of many aspects of Mr. Trump’s personality but that is unable to get at the heart of who the subject really is. Perhaps Mr. Trump themselves does not even know themselves. Considering Mr. Trump’s contempt for education, learning and self-reflection is it really a surprise that he has utterly ignored Socrates’ very important maxim “know thyself”? Could it be, as Mr. Antonio concludes in the last page of the book, that in this age of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of narcism run amuck, that Mr. Overcome has only reflected modern society albeit in an excessive and “first adapter” manner? Could this be the core reason for his success?
for those thinking about an investigative reporter's perspective on Mr. Overcome this reviewer recommends Brian Kay Johnson's " The particular Making of Donald Trump". Being an investigative media reporter Mr. Johnson does not attempt to analyze Mr. Trump's personality or personality but instead looks at him from viewpoint, in Fitzgerald's words, " action is character". A good compliment for to this book. This reviewer has also written a review of that book for thinking about that book as well., An extremely well investigated book within depth study of influential people in Donald Trumps life. Much detail that could be interesting to some, but for me personally it digressed and! introduced more about characters who were influences than it did him., A very good recounting of the making of Donald Overcome into who he is today., In the interest of full disclosure, I am a life long Democrat and possess never voted for a Republican applicant for President.
That being said, for all of the reasons established in this book, I am glad that I continued my streak. All of my worst fears have been confirmed by his performance in office.
This guide provides a good read on why he is the way he is., Should have been a " must read" before the political election., Well written. Interesting read even for someone not that thinking about Trump and politicks, " For the most part you aren't respect people because most people are not worth respect" - Donald M. Trump (from the author's interviews with Trump in the book's postscript).
That will quote alone sums upwards why I can none vote for Trump nor understand why others are so keen about him. It of the book sums it up well. Trump becomes bored with his properties, his toys, and his wives, and moves on to more. If he sells at a damage in moving on, so be it. He will take risks by taking on massive loans from multiple banks, leaning on political figures to give his properties favor, and cajoling or charming people to make the deal. D'Antonio chemicals him as someone who would have been comfortable among the list of " Gilded Age" ma?tres of the 19th century, making names for by themselves in New York City. He loves the spotlight, being called " the best, " and the media seems to love giving it to him. It's about himself; he is supremely worthy of respect and no-one else is worthy of compliment unless they first--and consistently--praise him. Why else are his offices filled with canvas art prints of every publication cover he has ever been on? Why else does he use an election-night victory speech to hock Trump-label water, steaks, etc?
I would not have read this book if I had not experienced it was imperative to understand read more about who might be the next Leader. I call it the " Mein Kampf principle, " you need to take a leader at his word and not be surprised later when his policies match upwards with all of his previous history and articles. Don't allow the negative reviews deceive you, this guide is about as even-handed a biography you will read-- it is straight-up boring in that respect. Much of it is simply culled from publicly-available information and also a few provided interviews with former Overcome partners, a chauffeur, and even ex-wives. Trump gave the author a number of interviews until he discovered D'Antonio had spoken with someone who had wronged Overcome back in 1993, in which case Trump ended the interviews. You need to enjoy D'Antonio's courage, Trump's last biographer was sued by the Donald for millions, only to have a court decide in prefer of the First Amendment. Exactly where the author presents facts that are on their face unpleasant, he tries to rationalize Trump's decisions or behaviors; bending over backwards at times to be " fair. " The particular book is depressing in that there are a lot of events from Trump's past which have been under-scrutinized by the media and Trump's political competitors. It's almost as if Americans don't bother to read about the people they're voting for...
Just what I did not realize before this book were the essentially faux politics campaigns Donald has run since 1987. Politico didn't run with this history until February, 2016. Jesse gave a well-attended Rotary Club speech then railing about how precisely Japan was " killing us" in industry, and " laughing at us" in foreign coverage the identical soundbyte he uses today. He spoke about we needed a strong leader in the Whitened House to stand upwards to the Ayatollah in Iran, someone who really knew how to negotiate. (And this is when St. Ronald Reagan was at his nadir. ) “If the right man doesn’t get into office you’re going to see a catastrophe in this country in the next four years like youre never going to believe. And then you’ll be begging for the right man. ” He took out a full-page ad in several newspapers quarrelling that other countries should pay for the protection and benefits we offer as allies, similar to his argument about the Mexican wall. All of this was part of a greater promotional campaign for his new book-- The Art of the Deal.
Trump actually did run briefly as a applicant in 99 when he and others joined the Reform Party; Trump said Oprah Winfrey would be a great running mate and probably set forth more substantive coverage ideas than he has thus far in his 2015-2016 run. Wealth tax on the rich, gays in the military, and other un-conservative ideas. Trump gave a speech in Saint. Louis probably almost as well-attended as his rally there in 2016, but it was part of a speaking tour of motivational speakers like Tony a2z Robbins. Same stump speech, same script about weakness in foreign policy and trade. Al Gore apparently asked for his endorsement later. Like 1987, 99 was another way to promote a book-- The particular America We Deserve. D'Antonio has turned that chapter available online here, I recommend reading so you are able to see how little has transformed in 16 years: (It also contains the only explicit error I noticed in the book, that Dick Vermiel was coach of the St. Paillette Cardinals rather than the Rams. )
This guide is lengthier than you might expect because the author has written it for audiences 30 years from now as well as today. He explains what reality television set is, the history of real property and fiscal crises in New York City in the 1960s and 1971s, what Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous was, etc. in order to provide context for Trump's decisions and fame. The particular conclusion I think D'Antonio wants you to pull is that Trump is simply a product of his time. Here's a summary:
Donald J. Overcome is the grandson of German immigrants. His grand daddy, Friederick Trumpf, initially joined up with the gold rush and dabbled in real property speculation and opened a restaurant/brothel before returning to Germany and being removed for tax and army service evasion. In New York, he started the family's interest in real estate. Donald's father, Sally, became a real property magnate in Brooklyn and Queens; one of Donald's first jobs was going to gather rent in his dad's apartment blocks in Brooklyn. D'Antonio implies that the elder Trump was also a product of the Dale Carnegie 1920's period of salesmanship, traits that his children would later develop in their own generation. Fred Trump's big break came in entering a partnership with another magnate which positioned him to learn which renters were delinquent and likely to be foreclosed on; this allowed him to buy up those properties cheaply and begin his own empire. Complaints abounded about many landlords of the period, and Fred was no exception. What I performed not realize was that Trump testified before the You. S. Senate Banking Panel in 1954 investigating how builders were enriching by themselves off of FHA financial loans. President Eisenhower expressed his disgust at Trump and his ilk; the trial got less attention than it might have due to the McCarthy anti-Communist hearings happening at the same time. Trump was later sued by his tenants for his procedures. Eventually, President Nixon's Proper rights Department sued Trump over racial discrimination in their renting policies. Trump agreed to advertise vacancies in minority publications, and be more transparent about his procedures. It was surrounding this time that Donald J. emerged on board the family business.
Another striking estimate from Donald is that when he looks in the mirror dr. murphy is the same person he was in first grade. He means it as a form of authenticity, but it strikes me as a lack of personal development. He was sent to army school by 7th grade, in which tough love from drill instructors was combined with boys running amok with hazing and mob rule. Donald evidently experienced success in athletics, often referring to his abilities later in life. Despite this athletic skill, he received a medical deferment from the draft for his heel spurs.
By 1980, Trump was seen as type of a Gatsby personality in New York mags; he was once called a Sexiest Man Alive. He turned his dad's loan and connections from his father's business, specifically attorney Don Cohn, into his own real property success. D'Antonio interviews Trump's former chauffer, an ex-cop who speaks glowingly of Trump's loyalty and personal kindness. " He was a nice, considerate person. " Ivana, meanwhile, is a mystery. She promises to be a Switzerland olympian, but no no record of athletic uses or even her national origins exist-- only rumours. Trump's wealth is also mystery and rumor; at any time he has leveraged so much in debt that he admits to friends that his net worth is close to zero. He or she rails at Forbes and others when earning similar claims.
It was in the 1980s days of Savings & Loan scandals and Wall Street extra that Trump honed his crafts-- self-promotion and settlement. Trump negotiates by staking out an outlandish or unreasonable position and then negotiating backwards to what he really wants. The writer chronicles the construction of Trump Towers and the hiring of undocumented Gloss workers. The local partnership, paid multiples of the Poles' earnings, supervised the workers who are sometimes paid sometimes not paid sometimes paid with vodka or threatened with deportation-- there was no shortage of supply. The building Overcome demolished contained an Art Deco exterior that Overcome pledged to donate to a museum, but were later destroyed-- possibly by accident. Trump invented the name of a media spokesman to make established statements to the press denying fault or determining blame. The book has to delve into the real estate and construction market segments of New York to sound right; this gets dull. Contracts for things like concrete must be run through the mafia, and Overcome has to navigate city hall as well as crime syndicates to get real estate deals done.
Overcome Tower housed celebrities, which put Donald Trump in their midst and he increasingly became one themselves, being featured on Robin the boy wonder Leach's show. There is little in the book about his personal family relationships, Jesse doesn't speak about much and little is known apart from what his ex-wives reveal or was picked upwards by other writers. Their brother died as an alcoholic at age 42, something that apparently influences Trump's moderation in a few vices today. His friend, lawyer, and mentor Roy Cohn, a closeted homosexual, died of AIDS shortly after. Most of Trump's friends in the book are currently deceased. Marla Maples evidently still speaks well of Donald, even after admitting their relationship was an ill-fated mistake. Her years-long attraction and the divorce negotiation with Ivana-- in which Donald could not pay for to pay the committeed pre-nuptial, which was up-to-date and changed over the marriage-- is chronicled in detail. The Maples extramarital relationship and Donald's business troubles with airlines and internet casinos eventually lead to tabloids taking a less-rosy view of Trump, to which he lashes out in his second book. Overcome likes celebrity, but he doesn't like to be criticized as celebrities always are; he can plate it but he aren't get it.
Trump and his lawyer-mentor Roy Cohn were always actively engaged in local politics from regulations to police. One of Trump's nemeses was three-time creciente Ed Koch. Trump would get vocal and get full-page ads, write editorials, and others in New York newspapers when he felt the need to trumpet his successes or properties and sway the public towards reform-- such as calling for New You are able to to reinstate the death penalty. The author provides details of New York's fiscal crisis of the 1970s, the book is almost about New York's societal and financial challenges as much as it is Donald Trump's.
The writer addresses the claims that Trump is a racist, dating back to his father's company's housing elegance of the 1970s, to which he was party. D'Antonio reaches a conclusion that Trump is much better attributed with " insensitivity" rather than " outright bigotry. " At the height of a crime epidemic in 1989, Trump took out full-page advertising calling for a reinstatement of the death penalty for a group of black young adults arrested and charged with rape in Central Playground. While convicted, DNA evidence later exonerated them as the real culprit opened up. The author suggests it is possible to frame this in Trump's greater statements about " roving bandits" committing crimes; it is not actually targeted at any one race but rather a class of people. During your stay on island are anedoctes from the 1970s that Overcome would not want blacks surviving in his buildings, it is more likely that he would not want low-income people who wouldn't pay their rent. Trump has used plenty of minorities in his businesses and counted some as friends. Nevertheless Trump, wonderful son Jesse Jr., certainly believe their success is within part due to genetics. While Overcome has railed against others for winning the " lucky sperm contest, " his family believes they have God-given abilities that make them superior. There is an implicit racial bias an ideal statements. Trump's involvement, even leadership, in the " birther" movement is chronicled. Many see race baiting in that, although it is hard to make that charge stick exactly. More damning in the eyes of many were his comments about Mexican immigrants being " rapists" and other criminals, apparently dumped on America by the Mexico that rejected them. Like Obama's birth certificate, Trump's comments do not stand up to scrutiny of the actual evidence and statistics.
While it's chronicled that Jesse is actually friendly with some of his employees, sometimes doling out cash and other favors, the only instant of true compassion uncovered in the book is Trump's come across with a boy dying from tumor. The boy was provided a wish from the Make A Wish Basis to be fired by Trump like an beginner contestant. Trump couldn't bring himself to do it, giving the boy money instead.
The book finishes with the storyplot of Trump's attempting to use a sort of eminent website to develop a world-class golf course in Scotland, for which he pulls out all the stops cajoling government officials. Trump encounters a wave of grass-roots opposition from homeowners who do not want to be purchased or intentionally removed from their land to develop the golf course, eventually winning the public's favor. I would like to see the documentary You've Been Trumped made during this period. It seems the Scots are the only example of long-run collective disobedient to Trump's desires, probably the Republican establishment can learn something from their fight.
D'Antonio concludes: " Existence is a never-ending competitors for Trump. " This particular appears to be true throughout his life, " loser" is his ultimate put-down and fear for himself. This is why I would wager on Trump making a third party run if rejected the GOP nomination. My concern is, should he win the presidency, how will Trump handle that need for competition with Congress, the Supreme Court, and world powers? D'Antonio is purely the biographer, he offers no grandstand predictions. Four stars out of five., Excellent book. The particular author is very keen in his critique of Trump or a truth or event that embarrasses him but writes about positive events or facts with clear reservation.
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