The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 4, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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The story of three generations of Trumps in a “copiously researched” (The New York Times) narrative and an account of the presidential candidate’s extraordinary path to success. “Rich, detailed, and informative, and not just for Trump loyalists or detractors” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

This richly detailed account of the Trump family reflects America’s transformation from a land of striving immigrants to a world in which the aura of wealth alone can guarantee a fortune. The Trumps begins with a portrait of Donald's immigrant grandfather Frederick Trump, a restaurant owner who amassed the first Trump fortune by providing miners with food, liquor, and easy access to women during the Klondike gold rush. His son, Fred, took advantage of New Deal policy, using government subsidies and loopholes to construct hugely successful housing developments in the 1940s and 1950s. The profits from those enterprises paved the way for Donald's roller-coaster ride into the new century.

With his talent for what he calls “truthful hyperbole,” Donald Trump turned the deal-making know-how of his forebears into an art form. By describing Donald’s much-publicized life in the context of his family, Gwenda Blair adds an important dimension to a glitzy, larger-than-life contradictory figure known around the world as The Donald.
 

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The triple biography of the entrepreneurial Trumps: Friedrich, son Fred, and grandson Donald.In 1885, 16-year-old Friedrich Trump emigrated from Germany to the US. He found New York too limited a ... Read full review

Contents

Past and Present
9
Friedrich Trump
21
The New World
23
Seattle Days and Nights
41
Tales of Monte Cristo 5 3
72
Klondike Fever
81
Here to Stay
94
Fred Trump
103
Donald Trump
221
Born to Compete
223
From Brick Box to Glass Fantasy
267
The TwentyEightSided Building
291
Gambling on Atlantic City
330
The Tallest Building in the World
362
Spinning out of Control
385
Pulling Back from the Brink
413

Born to Work
105
Savvy in a Brooklyn Courtroom
125
Washington to the Rescue
135
Home Buildings Henry Ford
147
Putting a Roof over GI Joes Head
162
The Perils of Success
175
Clashing Visions
194
Trump
453
Notes
471
Bibliography
555
Acknowledgments
567
Index
573
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About the author (2001)

Gwenda Blair is the author of the bestselling Almost Golden and has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Talk, Smart Money, Forbes ASAP, Yahoo Internet Life and other newspapers and magazines. She lives in New York City.

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