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On top of the world ...in a house of cards
The tabloids tracked his every move. The business magazines predicted his demise. And the public couldn't get enough. But the only people privy to Donald Trump's real story were the members of his inner circle - men such as Jack O'Donnell, a top executive at Atlantic City's Trump Plaza Casino until April, 1990. For three years O'Donnell witnessed the goings-on in the House of Trump that the people only guessed at. Now he reveals what he saw.
Here's the inside story of Trump's legendary tirades, his convenient forgetfulness, and the infamous Donald Trump ego. O'Donnell tells how the Plaza staff catered to Trump's personal whims, and to those of his mistress - and how the man who built the largest gambling hall in the world knew little about running a casino.
From the hypocrisy, bad deals, and the monumental debt to the untold tales of Marla and Ivana, Trumped! rips the mask off the mighty Trump facade - revealing a man whose castle is about to collapse.
©1991 John O'Donnell & James Rutherford (P)2016 David N. Wilson
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By Andrew on 05-12-16

Intriguing and revealing story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it sheds interesting light on a major public figure.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

The narration was very good, and kept the pace rolling along, particularly through technical descriptions of the gambling business.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of audio book blast. <br/><br/>"Donald Trump is a good businessman". That's one of the core elements of his brand, and if you've been paying attention to U.S. politics at all recently, it's one you'll have heard ad nausium. If even half of what this book alleges is true, it's also a fabrication. Taking some of what's written with a grain of salt--after all, the source is a man who admits to a major falling-out with Trump--Trumped gives some fascinating potential insight into a man who has branded himself as very rich, very successful, a man who can fix anything from companies to countries with his deal-making. I'd highly recommend reading this one if you want to learn more about a major public figure who looks likely to leave his mark on the U.S. political arena. Along the way, you'll also pick up some fascinating tidbits about the gambling industry, boxing promotion and the world of entertainment more generally.

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By Striker on 05-18-16

Interesting Listen About the REAL Trump

I thought this was a very insightful and interesting listen. Trump only just came out as the presumptive nominee and I knew that I had to listen and review this book when I got the chance. I'm still in awe that people could actually want this man to be the leader of a nation...

This book goes behind the scenes and gives another prospective to who Donald Trump REALLY is. That is, when he doesn't have teams of spokesmen, publicists, and campaign lackeys running behind him and justifying/clarifying/correcting everything he says.
Anyone interested in politics should definitely give this one a go.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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By Anonymous User on 09-05-17

Objective and interesting

Initially I was wary of this book unsure of the authors objectivity. In fact the book feels to be an honest portrayal of John O'Donnell's interaction and relationship with Donald Trump. in fact many of the behaviours and attitudes of Donald Trump that he describes are consistent with his reported behaviour in his current job. i would high recommend reading this book

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By Lance Johnson on 11-16-16

A page turner listen!

If you could sum up Trumped! in three words, what would they be?

Great story, easy to listen to, entertaining, and an insight in the next of President of the USA. <br/><br/>For all those interested in the future president of the USA.

What did you like best about this story?

The story gives a deep insight about Donald, showing his many flaws, and difficult mannerism. If he runs the USA like he does his casino, then America is going to be bankrupt even worst than the time of George Bush!

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No - first one - but very good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Trump playing with his children, giving a small human glimpse into him.

Any additional comments?

This book is written by a former employee of Trump - working directly with him at the executive level in the 1980s-90s for 3 years. In it you get: 1. The truth about some of stories in Donald's own book "Art of the Deal" 2. How Donald got involved in gambling and the story behind the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Castle, Trump Plaza and what led to its failure 3. An insight to Donald's personality 4. His relationship with his wife Ivanka and Marla Maples/other women 5. Death of Trumps 3 top executive in a helicopter accident and the human element behind it.<br/><br/><br/>Let me say, I dislike Trump, however I feel that some elements of the book were not fair to Donald, in that in did not emphasise the positive of Donald Trump - the fact he ran multiple properties, the fact he had a big vision, how he gets the best people to work for him, his mastery of publicity. The writer is a disgruntled former employee of Donald Trump who writes very little of his own shortcomings. He glosses over the fact that he felt anger of being overlooked for a promotion, that he found it difficult to fire people, that in his final year the Trump Plaza managed by him was running a loss, that he allowed a billionaire to gamble at the Casino - that person won 6 million from the Plaza (later regained after he left). <br/><br/>Having said that, and having read multiple biographies of Trump - there is a common pattern - Donald is a sociopath - he has no empathy for people. He is cruel beyond belief. He is good at public relations. He is intelligent -eg. if someone asks for a raise, he will try to blame that person for something else in order to reduce/not pay that person. He is unappreciative of the people who work for him.<br/><br/>I would ask all Americans and others read this book to see some element of this President who is going to run the free world. <br/><br/>Trump is a nightmare with wings!

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