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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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Trump: The Art of the Deal, by Donald Trump

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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

    Donald Trump refers to deals as “his art form” and credits himself as a business deal-making wiz. Can Trump effectively use his deal-making prowess to help the American economy? We’ll describe one of his deals in New York City -- the Wollman ice skating rink -- to tie to what Trump might do in Washington.

    The first chapter consists of Donald Trump walking the reader through one work week, summarizing what he did almost every hour of every day. Some of the summarizations are trivial, such as how Trump had a can of tomato juice at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, while other interactions are much more important, such as Allen Greenberg’s monitoring of Holiday Inn stock, or Trump’s lawyers' involvement in their lawsuit with the National Football League. Whatever the task is, Trump goes into the specific details in order to give the audience the full Donald Trump business experience. This especially comes in handy when analyzing Trump’s deal of rebuilding Wollman Rink in Central Park.

    As Trump describes it, Wollman was built in 1950 and set for renovations in 1980 that would take about 2 years. Then in 1986, the story broke that the city would be starting the process entirely over again, and that the rink construction would take another 2 years. Trump wasn’t pleased (he could see the site in Central Park from his home in Trump Tower), and most importantly thought he could renovate the rink better, and faster.

    After struggling with New York City Mayor Ed Koch, whom Trump referred to as a “bully”, Trump and the city came to a deal where Trump would put up $3 million and the city would reimburse him once the job was done, if the rink proved efficient.

    The construction of the rink was extremely low-risk for Trump. New York City had taken such a long time in attempting to complete the renovation, largely because Mayor Koch was jostling with a political scandal, and crime and drugs were rampant around the city. The city simply didn’t have the time and funds to renovate Wollman efficiently. Here’s where Trump inserted himself. If he could manage to renovate the park quickly, his image would be immediately boosted in the public eye. And politically, the private sector would be seen as a viable option for getting things done quickly, without any red tape, or barriers getting in the way.

    By finishing under budget and ahead of schedule, Trump wanted to make the assertion that the private sector could function better than the public sector, or in this case that he could renovate Wollman Rink faster and better than corrupted, slow and incompetent bureaucrats in the NYC government. In a sense, Trump wanted to brand himself as an efficient, savvy and sympathetic businessman who works for the needs of the community. Trump largely succeeded.

    Politically, Donald Trump’s views towards Mayor Ed Koch--and the NYC municipal government--draws a resemblance to the picks in his Cabinet so far. In the 1980’s, when Art of the Deal was written, Trump depicted bureaucrats as ineffectual, and sought to best the work they did on the Wollman Rink. Today, Trump boasts that the antidote for a struggling middle class is capitalism over bureaucracy, by giving the reins to corporations in the private sector to run the country. This can be seen by Cabinet picks such as Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, who has no political or military experience; and Scott Pruitt for head of the EPA, who is a climate change denier, and is against any clean power initiatives going forward for the United States.

    Even at face value, Trump is a businessman. His experiences stem from what he has achieved in the private sector, and not from what he has politically done in the public sphere. He has no experience in politics, and the only way he knows how to achieve anything, is through corporations taking control. Just like he did with Wollman Rink, Trump will attempt to privatize the United States: something that does not, and will not work for the average American.

    -- Will Hayes, OnTheIssues analyst, Jan. 2017

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Donald Trump: Rent control only benefits a privileged minority.
Government Reform
    Donald Trump: Rebuilt Wollman Rink in 4 months; city failed for 6 years.
    Donald Trump: First Atlantic City casino ever finished on-time & on-budget.
Principles & Values
    Donald Trump: I play to people's fantasies to Think Big.
    Donald Trump: You can't con people for long; you have to deliver the goods.
    Jimmy Carter: Asked Donald Trump for $5M for Jimmy Carter Library.
    Thomas Kean: Supported construction of Atlantic City casinos in recession.

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