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 definitive family biography of President Donald Trump.

The revealing story of the Trumps mirrors 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 President Trump’s immigrant grandfather, who as a young man built hotels for miners in Alaska during the Klondike gold rush. His son, Fred, took advantage of the New Deal, using government subsidies and loopholes to construct hugely successful housing developments in the 1940s and 1950s. The profits from Fred’s enterprises paved the way for President Trump’s roller-coaster ride through the 1980s and 1990s into the new century.

With his talent for extravagant exaggeration—he calls it “truthful hyperbole”—President Trump turned the deal-making know-how of his forebears into an art form. By placing this much-publicized life within the context of family, Gwenda Blair adds a new dimension to the larger-than-life figure who ascended to the American Presidency.
 

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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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