Bibliography of Donald Trump
President of the United States
This bibliography of Donald Trump is a list of written and published works, by and about Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States. Prior to his 2016 campaign for U.S. president, Trump was already the focus of many books describing his life as a businessman and politician. Works written by Trump himself include self-help books, personal finance books, political policy treatises, and autobiographies.
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.
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, with Lozada writing: "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.
The amount of coverage in published written works about Trump over time is due to his fame prior to his 2016 presidential campaign. 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 predecessor Barack Obama during his first year in office. 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.
|Title||Year first published||Publisher||ISBN / ID||Ghostwriter(s)||Notes|
|Trump: The Art of the Deal||1987||Random House||ISBN 978-0345479174||Tony Schwartz||Schwartz discussed his ghostwriting, in a 2016 article in The New Yorker.|
|Trump: Surviving at the Top||1990||Random House||ISBN 978-0394575971||Charles Leerhsen||Subsequently, as:|
The Art of Survival (1991), ISBN 978-0446362092
|Trump: The Art of the Comeback||1997||Times Books||ISBN 978-0812929645||Kate Bohner|
|The America We Deserve||2000||Renaissance Books||ISBN 1580631312||Dave Shiflett||Published during decision-making process for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2000.|
|How to Get Rich||2004||Random House||ISBN 978-0345481030||Meredith McIver|
|The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received||2004||Crown Business||ISBN 978-1400050161|
|Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life||2004||Random House||ISBN 978-0345481405||Meredith McIver|
|The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received||2005||Crown||ISBN 978-0307209993|
|Why We Want You to Be Rich||2006||Rich Press||ISBN 978-1933914022||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 978-1401602550|
|Trump 101: The Way to Success||2006||Wiley||ISBN 978-0470047101||Meredith McIver||The Washington Post, Politico, and CNN called the work a "Trump University book".|
|Think Big and Kick Ass||2007||HarperCollins||ISBN 978-0061547836||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 978-0470190845||Meredith McIver|
|Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life||2009||Vanguard Press||ISBN 978-0762438563||Meredith McIver|
|Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again||2011||Regnery Publishing||ISBN 978-1596987739||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 978-1612680958||Second collaboration with co-author Robert Kiyosaki after Why We Want You to Be Rich|
|Trump Tower||2011||Vanguard Press||ISBN 978-1593156435||Jeffrey Robinson||It 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 978-1501137969||Uncredited ghostwriter||Subsequently, as:|
Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America (2016)
- 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
- 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 (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
- Madigan, Andrew (17 January 2018). "After the Fire and Fury: what's next for books about Trump?". The Guardian.
- 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", 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.
- Selby, Gardner (2016-04-12). "Donald Trump fully flip-flops, lately opposes ban on assault weapons". Politifact Texas. Politifact.
- Rudin, Dave (July 21, 2016), "The Meredith McIver mystery: Don't listen to the rumours, the Trump speechwriter is a real person", National Post, Montreal Gazette, retrieved June 19, 2017,
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
- "Paperback Best Sellers: October 29, 2006", The New York Times, October 29, 2006, retrieved June 14, 2017
- OCLC 67616909
- Hohmann, James (October 21, 2016), "The Daily 202: Barack Obama is coming to a TV near you", The Washington Post, retrieved June 21, 2017
- 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'
- Kaczynski, Andrew; Massie, Christopher (August 11, 2016), "That Time Trump Said He Had World's Highest Speaking Fee And Everybody Went With It", BuzzFeed News, retrieved June 13, 2017
- Kaczynski, Andrew; Massie, Christopher; McDermott, Nathan (June 19, 2016), "Trump Promised Millions To Charity, But Gave Little To His Own Foundation", BuzzFeed News, retrieved June 13, 2017
- Gertz, Matt (April 24, 2017), "Breitbart is not independent: It's the communications arm of the Mercers' empire", Salon, retrieved June 17, 2017
- Green, Joshua (October 8, 2015). "This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America". Bloomberg News.
- Arnott, David A. (September 22, 2015), "Donald Trump is both author and candidate with new book about a 'crippled America'", New York Business Journal, retrieved June 17, 2017
- Gordon, Jesse (May 20, 2016), "Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, by Donald Trump", On the Issues, OnTheIssues.org, retrieved June 17, 2017
- Brennan, Trip (March 10, 2016), "Donald Trump's get-rich quick advice makes a mockery of his campaign rhetoric", The Intercept, retrieved June 13, 2017
- WorldCat (2017), "Trump Tower: A Novel, by Donald J. Trump, with Jeffrey Robinson", OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated, OCLC 693810756, retrieved June 19, 2017
- 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
- Fontana, Kaitlin (October 31, 2016), "Donald Trump May Have 'Written' a Very, Very Sexist Novel", Vulture, New York Magazine, retrieved June 18, 2017
- "Donald Trump's ripping account of America's crippling launched", Sydney Morning Herald, November 4, 2015, retrieved June 19, 2017,
Over 14 chapters, Mr Trump, or his ghostwriters, flesh out his stump speech.
- "Donald Trump had an uncredited ghostwriter for his new book, 'Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again'", New York Daily News, November 5, 2015, retrieved June 19, 2017
- Trump, Donald J. Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America (2016) ISBN 978-1501138003
- Adapted and updated: from Blair, Gwenda. The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a Presidential Candidate. Simon & Schuster (2001). ISBN 978-0743210799.
- Dale, Daniel (19 July 2017). "Author of upcoming 'spiritual biography' of Donald Trump says it 'will not be the world's shortest book'". The Toronto Star.
- "E-Book Nonfiction". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
- Schaub, Michael (August 15, 2016), "11 new Trump books for fans and critics of The Donald", Los Angeles Times, retrieved June 18, 2017
- "Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction". The New York Times. July 2, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- Jennifer Szalai (12 August 2016). "Inside the List". New York Times. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- 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.
- Byrnes, Jesse (August 23, 2016), "Trump: 'Don't buy' Washington Post book about me", The Hill, retrieved June 23, 2017,
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!'
- "Wall Street Journals Best-Selling Books Week Ended February 19th", Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, February 24, 2017, retrieved June 8, 2017
- Gardner, Eriq (September 8, 2011). "Donald Trump Loses Libel Suit Over Being Called A 'Millionaire'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
- "The Lawsuits of Donald Trump". The Atlantic. March 20, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
- Farhi, Paul (March 8, 2016). "What really gets under Trump's skin? A reporter questioning his net worth". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
- Baram, Marcus (29 April 2011). "Donald Trump Was Once Sued By Justice Department For Not Renting To Blacks". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
- Cowles, Gregory (February 3, 2017), "Book Review: Behind the Best Sellers: 'Girl Before' Author JP Delaney on Pseudonyms and the Limits of Marie Kondo", The New York Times, retrieved June 16, 2017,
Circus Maximus ... 'Insane Clown President,' which enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 15.
- Kellogg, Carolyn (February 3, 2017), "Books: A powerful novel from Joyce Carol Oates; less so from Paul Auster; an Iranian poet and more in books", Los Angeles Times, retrieved June 16, 2017,
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.'
- Works by or about Donald Trump in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Donald Trump on the Internet Archive
- Donald Trump on IMDb
- "Donald Trump collected news and commentary" in The New York Times
- "Donald Trump collected news and commentary" in The Wall Street Journal
- Donald Trump - Bibliography at NNDB