Bibliography of Donald Trump
45th President of the United States
This bibliography of Donald Trump is a list of written and published works, by and about Donald Trump. Due to the sheer volume of books about Trump, the titles listed here are limited to non-fiction books about Trump or his presidency, published by notable authors and scholars. Tertiary sources (including textbooks and juvenile literature), satire, and self-published books are excluded.
Prior to his 2016 campaign, Trump was already the focus of many books describing his life as a businessman and politician. Biographer Michael D'Antonio observed in Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (2015) that Trump "has been a topic of conversation in America for almost 40 years. No one in the world of business – not Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett – has been as famous as Trump for as long." Almost one year after his inauguration as president, The Guardian noted that more than 4,500 English-language books about Trump had been published since he took office, compared to just over 800 works about Trump's predecessor Barack Obama during his first year in office. This "Trump bump" for the U.S. publishing industry, as The New York Times put it, persisted throughout his time in office.
His first published book in 1987 was Trump: The Art of the Deal, written by ghostwriter Tony Schwartz. Trump made a practice of hiring ghostwriters and co-authors to write his books. In some cases the ghostwriters are credited on the cover, while in other instances, including Time to Get Tough (2011) and Crippled America (2015), Trump makes mention of the writer's contributions in the acknowledgements sections. Works written by Trump himself include self-help books, personal finance books, political policy treatises, and autobiographies. "...Schwartz has noted that, during the year and a half that they worked together on The Art of the Deal, he never saw a single book in Trump's office or apartment. Yet Trump has taken authorial credits on more than a dozen books to date, and, given that he’s a proven marketing master, it's inconceivable that he won’t try to sell more."
The Washington Post journalist Carlos Lozada observed that a continuous theme throughout Trump's written works is a focus on Trump himself, such as citing examples from his business in real estate investing and work on television. Parties and individuals discussed in books by Trump are reduced to a zero-sum game, according to Lozada: "Trump’s world is binary, divided into class acts and total losers." Trump often makes use of hyperbole to illustrate his points in his works. In other books, Trump repeats the same stories of what he views as key successes from his business career; for example, a tale about a 1980s business deal improving the Wollman Rink in Central Park, New York. Trump's published writings shifted post-2000, from generally memoirs about himself to books giving advice about finance.
Credited to Trump
|Title||Year||Publisher||ISBN / ASIN||Ghostwriter(s)||Notes|
|Trump: The Art of the Deal||1987||Random House||ISBN 978-0-345-47917-4||Tony Schwartz||It reached number 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list, stayed there for 13 weeks, and altogether held a position on the list for 48 weeks.|
|Trump: Surviving at the Top||1990||Random House||ISBN 978-0-394-57597-1||Charles Leerhsen||Subsequently, as:|
The Art of Survival (1991), ISBN 978-0-446-36209-2
|Trump: The Art of the Comeback||1997||Times Books||ISBN 978-0-8129-2964-5||Kate Bohner|
|The America We Deserve||2000||Renaissance Books||ISBN 1-58063-131-2||Dave Shiflett||Published during decision-making process for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2000.|
|Trump: How to Get Rich||2004||Random House||ISBN 978-0-345-48103-0||Meredith McIver|
|The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received||2004||Crown Business||ISBN 978-1-4000-5016-1|
|Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life||2004||Random House||ISBN 978-0-345-48140-5||Meredith McIver|
|The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received||2005||Crown||ISBN 978-0-307-20999-3|
|Why We Want You to Be Rich||2006||Rich Press||ISBN 978-1-933914-02-2||Meredith McIver||Robert Kiyosaki as coauthor. Debuted at number one on The New York Times best seller list|
|How to Build a Fortune: Your Plan for Success From the World's Most Famous Businessman||2006||Trump University||ASIN B000JFQ2RQ||Audiobook|
|The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received: 100 Top Experts Share Their Strategies||2006||Thomas Nelson||ISBN 978-1-4016-0255-0|
|Trump 101: The Way to Success||2006||Wiley||ISBN 978-0-470-04710-1||Meredith McIver||The Washington Post, Politico, and CNN called the work a "Trump University book".|
|Think Big and Kick Ass||2007||HarperCollins||ISBN 978-0-06-154783-6||Bill Zanker||Trump and Zanker had prior business dealings through Zanker's company The Learning Annex.|
|Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success||2008||Wiley||ISBN 978-0-470-19084-5||Meredith McIver|
|Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life||2009||Vanguard Press||ISBN 978-0-7624-3856-3||Meredith McIver|
|Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again||2011||Regnery||ISBN 978-1-59698-773-9||Wynton Hall
|On the Issues noted changes in political views compared with prior book The America We Deserve.|
|Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich – And Why Most Don't||2011||Plata Publishing||ISBN 978-1-61268-095-8||Second collaboration with co-author Robert Kiyosaki after Why We Want You to Be Rich|
|Trump Tower||2011||Vanguard Press||ISBN 978-1-59315-643-5||Jeffrey Robinson||The book was billed as Trump's "debut novel", and later released with Jeffrey Robinson credited as the sole author.|
|Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again||2015||Threshold Editions||ISBN 978-1-5011-3796-9||David Fisher||Subsequently, as:|
Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America (2016)
Books about the books about Trump
|Carlos Lozada||What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era||Simon & Schuster||2020||ISBN 978-1-9821-4562-0|||
- Stewart, James B. (September 10, 2015), "Sunday Book Review: 'Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,' by Michael D'Antonio", The New York Times, retrieved June 18, 2017,
published sources, which are voluminous, considering that Trump’s every move has been chronicled by the media and that he’s already the subject of a substantial bibliography, not to mention his 10 autobiographical and self-help books
- Madigan, Andrew (17 January 2018). "After the Fire and Fury: what's next for books about Trump?". The Guardian.
- Alter, Alexandra (2020-12-24). "The 'Trump Bump' for Books Has Been Significant. Can It Continue?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
- Mayer, Jane (July 25, 2016), "Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Tells All", The New Yorker, retrieved June 19, 2017
- Drezner, Daniel W. (August 8, 2016), "Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different relationships with the truth", The Washington Post, retrieved June 19, 2017
- Kranish, Michael, "A fierce will to win pushed Donald Trump to the top", The Washington Post, retrieved June 19, 2017,
Trump’s speeches or read his books (which were typically written by ghostwriters or co-authors)
- Smith, Giles (March 11, 2017), "What do Trump's books tell us about his mind?", New Statesman,
Of course, questions remain about how many of these 17 books Trump has, in any literal sense, written. Each of them is ghosted, a collaborative relationship in which the exact division of labour remains mysterious.
- Berg, Rebecca (January 6, 2017), "Trump to Stress Unity in Inaugural Speech, Aide Says", RealClearPolitics, retrieved June 19, 2017,
Their commercial success notwithstanding, Trump’s books have often been products of ghostwriters or co-authors
- Lozada, Carlos (July 30, 2015), "I just binge-read eight books by Donald Trump. Here's what I learned", The Washington Post, retrieved June 18, 2017,
Trump’s world is binary, divided into class acts and total losers. He even details how physically unattractive he finds particular reporters, for no reason that I can fathom other than that it crossed his mind.
- Mayer, Jane (1 November 2020). "Why Trump Can't Afford to Lose". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
- Mayer, Jane (July 25, 2016). "Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Tells All". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
- Rothchild, John (September 2, 1990), "The Taj Mahal of Debt: Trump Surviving at the Top by Donald J. Trump with Charles Leerhsen", Los Angeles Times, retrieved June 19, 2017,
Compare the text of the new book to that of the old (there's a different ghostwriter this time) and you'll notice an obvious increase in the employment of flattering adjectives
- Bushnell, Candace (November 3, 1997), "A Leggy Stunner of Page Six Becomes Trump's Sexy Ghost", The New York Observer, retrieved June 19, 2017,
Kate got the job: ghostwriter for Donald Trump’s upcoming book
- Moore, Jack (January 1, 2016), "Donald Trump's Former Ghostwriter Won't Be Voting For Donald Trump", GQ, retrieved June 19, 2017,
In 2000, Donald Trump released a book called 'The America We Deserve.' Even though Trump's name was on the cover, like many politicians and famous people in general, Trump worked with a ghost writer. In this case a man named Dave Shiflett.
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Meredith McIver, one of the assistants who doubles as his ghost writer
- Pallotta, Frank (July 20, 2016), "Meredith McIver, who took responsibility for plagiarized speech, is prolific Trump collaborator", CNN, retrieved June 19, 2017
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- OCLC 67616909
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- Sherman, Jake; Palmer, Anna; Lippman, Daniel (October 21, 2016), "New Politico/MC Poll: Nearly 70 percent of voters think loser should accept results", Politico, retrieved June 21, 2017
- Kaczynski, Andrew (October 20, 2016), "Trump's advice in 2007 book: 'Accept blame' for 'painful defeats'", CNN, retrieved June 21, 2017,
a 2007 Trump University book, 'Trump 101: The Way to Success.'
- Almond, Steve (February 17, 2017), "American Agita: Resistance As Antidote To Donald Trump-Induced Anxiety", WBUR-FM, retrieved June 19, 2017,
Here’s how Trump (or, rather, his ghostwriter Bill Zanker) put it in his 2007 book 'Think Big'
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- Hooton, Christopher (November 2, 2016), "Donald Trump authored a novel and naturally it's about non-consensual sex and workplace racism", The Independent, archived from the original on May 5, 2017, retrieved June 19, 2017
- Van Luling, Todd (October 31, 2016), "The Incredibly Sexist Book Once Billed As Trump's 'Debut Novel'", The Huffington Post, retrieved June 18, 2017
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- "About David Fisher". Amazon.
In September, 2015, Fisher worked with then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on his campaign book, Crippled America.
- Trump, Donald (November 2015). Crippled America. Threshold Editions. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-5011-3796-9.
I would like to thank David Fisher ... [for] assistance throughout writing this book.
- Trump, Donald J. Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America (2016) ISBN 978-1-5011-3800-3
- Baram, Marcus (29 April 2011). "Donald Trump Was Once Sued By Justice Department For Not Renting To Blacks". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
- Blair, Gwenda (December 4, 2001) . The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire (1 ed.). New York, New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 592. ISBN 0-684-80849-8. OCLC 1031898715.
- Mercieca, Jennifer R (2020). Demagogue for President; The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump. Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 978-1-62349-906-8. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
- Scaramucci, Anthony (2018). Trump; The Blue-Collar President. Center Street, Hachette Book Group. ISBN 978-1-5460-7640-7. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
- Barrett, Wayne (2016). Trump; The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinventio. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-942872-97-9. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
- Adapted and updated: from Blair, Gwenda. The Trumps; Three Generations of Builders and a Presidential Candidate. Simon & Schuster (2001). ISBN 978-0-7432-1079-9.
- Spencer S. Hsu, U.S. judge declines to block release of book by former national security adviser John Bolton, Washington Post (June 20, 2020).
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- Yilek, Caitlin (January 2, 2017), "Trump complains about his photo on CNN book", The Washington Examiner, retrieved June 23, 2017,
Trump in August lashed out at the Washington Post, telling his Twitter followers not to buy the publication's book about him. 'The @WashingtonPost quickly put together a hit job book on me – comprised of copies of some of their inaccurate stories. Don't buy, boring!' Trump wrote about Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money and Power.
- Gillette, Sam (August 24, 2016), "Books: 5 Things to Know About the New Donald Trump Biography He Warned Supporters Not to Buy", People, retrieved June 23, 2017,
In a tweet on Monday night, GOP nominee Donald Trump told supporters not to buy a 'boring' new biography about him, Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power, which went on sale Tuesday. 'The @WashingtonPost quickly put together a hit job book on me- comprised of copies of some of their inaccurate stories. Don’t buy, boring!' he wrote.
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Donald Trump on Monday slammed The Washington Post reporters and researchers behind a new book about him, calling it a 'hit job' made up of 'inaccurate' stories. Trump urged people not to buy the book one day before its release, tweeting: 'Don't buy, boring!'
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Circus Maximus ... 'Insane Clown President,' which enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 15.
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Debuting at No. 6 in nonfiction on our bestseller list this week is Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi’s book of essays about the 2016 presidential campaign, 'Insane Clown President.'
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- "Plaintiff in Chief; A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits". MacMillan Publishers. St. Martin's Publishing Group. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
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- Abutaleb, Yasmeen; Paletta, Damian (2021-06-29). Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration's Response to the Pandemic That Changed History (1 ed.). HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-306607-6. OCLC 1225066847. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
- Frankly, We Did Win This Election. 2021-01-28.
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- Lozada, Carlos (2020). What were we thinking: a brief intellectual history of the Trump era. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-9821-4562-0. OCLC 1197751331.
- Harris, Elizabeth A.; Alter, Alexandra (August 31, 2020). "Trump Books Keep Coming, and Readers Can't Stop Buying". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.