The Art of the Deal Review by Irene Kot

The Art of the Deal Review

Welcome, May!

I hope all of my readers are ready for picnics and sleepless nights (as a Mom of two kids, I know that sleepless nights are guaranteed). Honestly, I’m far from politics. I rarely discuss it with my family or friends and I guess you’ve noticed it. But I can’t help discussing with you one issue. Mister Donald Trump, welcome to my blog!

Trump’s personality is full of contradictions. Since January, Americans along with the entire world have been discussing his life with a huge enthusiasm. Actually, it’s a good reason to return to his book after 30 years after its release in order to understand his life and business directions and principles. And I did it: I read a book and watched a movie. And I’m ready to share my impressions with you, my dear readers!

So, who are you Mister President?

Object of Review: Book

Within Trump’s 2016 campaign for the presidency of the United States, on one of the numerous conferences, Mister President revealed his favorite book:

“That’s “The Art of the Deal” my second favorite book of all time. You know what my first is? The Bible!”

Taken from: Donald Trump reveals his favorite book. MSNBC. Retrieved 2016-07-18.

Such a loud statement, isn’t it? I decided to understand how this book managed to become number 1 book on The New York Times Best Seller list and stay there for 13 weeks.

The most interesting thing about this book is that it reveals Trump in an unexpected way. I came to a conclusion that the 45-th President of the USA will become the most unpredictable president of all the time.

So, this book is considered to be half memoir and half business mentor for beginners. It starts with describing key points of his biography, namely his path to success from his birth in Queens.

Gradually, the author moves to revealing the secrets of business success that he processed basing on his experience.

Actually, here is an overall idea of this book and now get my personal opinion. I can hardly call this book a business mentor. 17 pages – and that’s all – contain something that I could call business tips. The other part of the book is a weirdly deal-focused autobiography.

So, if you are looking for a paper guideline to business, you will get disappointed. To this purpose, it’s better to read popular financial blogs. BUT if you just want to familiarize with some stages of Trump’s biography without tabloid and mass media exaggerations, you can spend a couple of evenings with this book.

Object of Review: Movie

The Art of the Deal movie is a parody. So, you shouldn’t expect anything deep and thoughtful. In fact, it represents the book – the young boy comes to Trump’s office holding the Art of the Deal and here the story begins. Trump starts describing his story of success to educate the little boy and inspire him. The plot of the book combines with the parody and comedy features and, in the result, you will familiarize with a one-time movie.

The main advantage of the movie (personally for me) is Johnny Depp as Trump. If you are an ardent fan of Johnny, you will definitely watch this movie.

And now…

…The Most Interesting Thing

Despite the fact that my personal assessment is 3/5, there are some worthy quotes from The Art of the Deal:

“I like thinking big. I always did. To me it’s very simple: if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”

“I never get too attached to one deal or one approach…I keep a lot of balls in the air, because most deals fall out, no matter how promising they seem at first.”

“I’ve known people who had fantastic ideas, but who couldn’t get the idea off the ground because they approached everything weakly. They thought that their ideas would somehow take off by themselves, or that just coming up with an idea was enough. Let me tell you something — it’s not enough. It will never be enough. You have to put the idea into action. If you don’t have the motivation and the enthusiasm, your great idea will simply sit on top of your desk or inside your head and go nowhere.”

“Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”

The list of the art of the deal quotes can be continued but I picked up the most impressive ones.  Which one is your favorite one?

There was my review of the Art of the Deal and I hope you liked it. Now I’m interested in your opinion if you’ve read this book or watched this movie. Share it with me below in comments.

Keep on reading and free your mind for new impressions!


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Responses 2

Mirand Pellon
Mirand Pellon
October 25, 2017 8:37 pm

Thanks for a great recommendation! Don’t know if I am going to watch the movie (although, I am a great fan of Johnny Depp) because it’s not the type of the movies I usually watch. But I saw the book in the store several times and I think I’ll purchase a copy for myself. The quotes from the book explain much about how Trump managed to build the enterprise of the worldwide meaning and then become the president of our country. Surely, the book will impress.