President of the United States
Business and personal
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 a significant size bibliography describing his life as a businessman and burgeoning 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 cred 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 a continuous theme throughout Trump's written works is a focus on the author 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 which preceded 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. Additional works may be found in Books about Donald Trump or Books about the United States presidential election, 2016.
|Title||Year first published||Publisher||ISBN / ID||Ghostwriter(s)||Notes|
|The Art of the Deal||1987||Random House||ISBN 978-0-345-47917-4||Schwartz, TonyTony Schwartz||Schwartz discussed his ghostwriting, in a 2016 article in The New Yorker.|
|Surviving at the Top||1990||Random House||ISBN 978-0-394-57597-1||Leerhsen, CharlesCharles Leerhsen||Subsequently, as:
The Art of Survival (1991), ISBN 978-0-446-36209-2
|The Art of the Comeback||1997||Times Books||ISBN 978-0-8129-2964-5||Bohner, KateKate Bohner|
|The America We Deserve||2000||Renaissance Books||ISBN 1-58063-131-2||Shiflett, DaveDave Shiflett||Published during decision-making process for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2000.|
|How to Get Rich||2004||Random House||ISBN 978-0-345-48103-0||McIver, MerhMerh 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||McIver, MerhMerh McIver|
|The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received||2005||Crown||ISBN 978-0-307-20999-3|
|Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message||2006||Rich Press||ISBN 978-1-933914-02-2||McIver, MerhMerh 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||McIver, MerhMerh 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||Zanker, BillBill 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||McIver, MerhMerh McIver|
|Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life||2009||Vanguard Press||ISBN 978-0-7624-3856-3||McIver, MerhMerh McIver|
|Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again||2011||Regnery Publishing||ISBN 978-1-59698-773-9||Hall, WyntonWynton Hall
Schweizer, PeterPeter Schweizer
McIver, MerhMerh McIver
|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 978-1593156435||Robinson, JeffreyJeffrey Robinson||It was billed as Trump's "debut novel", and later released with Jeffrey Robinson cred as the sole author.|
|Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again||2015||Threshold Editions||ISBN 978-1-5011-3796-9||Uncred ghostwriter||Subsequently, as:
Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America (2016)
|Author||Title||Publisher||Year first published||ISBN / ID||Notes|
|Barrett, WayneWayne Barrett||Trump: The Deals and the Downfall||HarperCollins||1992||ISBN 978-0060167042|
|Blair, GwendaGwenda Blair||Donald Trump: The Candidate||Simon & Schuster||2007||ISBN 978-1416546542|||
|Brands, HalHal Brands||American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump||Brookings Institution Press||2018||ISBN 978-0815732785|
|Brody, DavidDavid Brody||The Faith of Donald J. Trump||Broadside Books||2018||ISBN 978-0062749598|||
|Bronson, RichardRichard Bronson||The War at the Shore: Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, and the Epic Battle to Save Atlantic City||The Overlook Press||2012||ISBN 978-1468300468|
|Coulter, AnnAnn Coulter||In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!||Sentinel||2016||ISBN 978-0-7352-1446-0||The e-book was a New York Times bestseller in September 2016.|
|D'Antonio, MichaelMichael D'Antonio||Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success||Thomas Dunne Books||2015||ISBN 978-1250042385||Subsequently, as:
The Truth About Trump. St. Martin's Press, 2016. ISBN 978-1250105288.
|Ewen, DavidDavid Ewen||Chasing Paradise: Donald Trump and the Battle for the World's Greatest Golf Course||Black & White Publishing||2010||ISBN 978-1845023119|
|Frum, DavidDavid Frum||Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic||Harper||2018||ISBN 978-0062796738|
|Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich||Understanding Trump||Center Street||2017||ISBN 978-1478923084||The book topped The New York Times' Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Sellers list on July 2.|
|Green, JoshuaJoshua Green||Devil's Bargain||Penguin Press||2017||ISBN 978-0735225022|
|Harding, LukeLuke Harding||Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win||Vintage||2018||ISBN 978-0525562511|
|Horowitz, DavidDavid Horowitz||Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America||Humanix Books||2017||ISBN 978-1630060879|
|Hurt III, HarryHarry Hurt III||Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump||W. W. Norton & Company||1993||ISBN 978-0393030297|
|Johnston, David CayDavid Cay Johnston||The Making of Donald Trump||Melville House Publishing||2016||ISBN 978-1612196329||The author researched Trump for 30 years prior to writing the biography.|
|Johnston, David CayDavid Cay Johnston||It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America||Simon & Schuster||2018||ISBN 978-1501174162|
|Katz, JacksonJackson Katz||Man Enough?: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity||Interlink Publishing||2016||ISBN 978-1566560832|
|Kranish, MichaelMichael Kranish and Fisher, MarcMarc Fisher||Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power||Scribner||2016||ISBN 978-1501155772||Trump urged his Twitter followers not to buy the biography.|
|Kurtz, HowardHoward Kurtz||Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth||Regnery Publishing||2018||ISBN 978-1621577263|
|Lee, BandyBandy Lee||The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump||Thomas Dunne Books||2017||ISBN 978-1250179456|
|Lichtman, AllanAllan Lichtman||The Case for Impeachment||Dey Street Books||2017||ISBN 978-0062696823|
|Lord, JeffreyJeffrey Lord||What America Needs: The Case for Trump||Regnery Publishing||2016||ISBN 978-1621575238|
|Mansfield, StephenStephen Mansfield||Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him||Baker Books||2017||ISBN 978-0801007330|
|Nance, MalcolmMalcolm Nance||The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election||Skyhorse Publishing||2016||ISBN 978-1510723320||The Wall Street Journal Best Seller in nonfiction ebooks|
|O'Brien, Timothy L.Timothy L. O'Brien||TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald||Warner Books||2005||ISBN 978-0446578547||Trump sued the author for libel and the case was dismissed, Trump then appealed, and the dismissal was affirmed.|
|O'Donnell, JohnJohn O'Donnell and Rutherford, JamesJames Rutherford||Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump – His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall||Simon & Schuster||1991||ISBN 978-0671737351||Trump called the author O'Donnell "a fucking loser".|
|Olbermann, KeithKeith Olbermann||Trump is F*cking Crazy (This is Not a Joke)||Blue Rider Press||2017||ISBN 978-0525533863|
|Nelson, MichaelMichael Nelson||Trump's First Year||University of Virginia Press||2018||ISBN 978-0813941448|
|Rall, TedTed Rall||Trump: A Graphic Biography||Seven Stories Press||2016||ISBN 978-1609807580|||
|Ross, George H.George H. Ross||Trump-Style Negotiation: Powerful Strategies and Tactics for Mastering Every Deal||John Wiley & Sons||2008||ISBN 978-0470225295|
|Savage, MichaelMichael Savage||Trump's War: His Battle for America||Center Street||2017||ISBN 978-1478976677|
|Schafly, PhyllisPhyllis Schafly; posthumously, with Martin, EdEd Martin and Decker, Brett M.Brett M. Decker||The Conservative Case for Trump||Regnery Publishing||2016||ISBN 978-162157628-0|
|Seely, HartHart Seely||Bard of the Deal: The Poetry of Donald Trump||HarperCollins||2015||ISBN 978-0062465160|
|Shapiro, MarcMarc Shapiro||Trump This!: The Life and Times of Donald Trump, An Unauthorized Biography||Riverdale Avenue Books||2016||ISBN 978-1626012646|
|Slater, RobertRobert Slater||No Such Thing as Over-exposure: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump||Prentice Hall||2005||ISBN 978-0131497344|
|Stone, RogerRoger Stone||The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution||Skyhorse Publishing||2017||ISBN 9781510726925|
|Taibbi, MattMatt Taibbi||Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus||Spiegel & Grau||2017||ISBN 978-0399592461||Book was both on The New York Times Best Seller list and the Los Angeles Times Best Seller list|
|Time ors||Donald Trump: The Rise of a Rule Breaker||Time||2016||ISBN 978-1683304166|
|Trump, IvanaIvana Trump||Raising Trump||Gallery Publishing Group||2017||ISBN 978-1501177286|
|Tuccille, JeromeJerome Tuccille||Trump: The Saga of America's Most Powerful Real Estate Baron||Penguin Group||1985||ISBN 978-1556110696|
|Tur, KatyKaty Tur||Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History||Dey Street Books||2017||ISBN 978-0062684929|
|Whiticker, AlanAlan Whiticker||Trumped: the Wonderful World and Wisdom of Donald Trump||New Holland Publishers||2016||ISBN 978-1742578965|
|Williamson, Kevin D.Kevin D. Williamson||The Case Against Trump||Encounter Books||2015||ISBN 978-1594038778|
|Wolff, MichaelMichael Wolff||Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House||Henry Holt and Company||2018||ISBN 978-1250158062|
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
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.
Trump’s speeches or read his books (which were typically written by ghostwriters or co-authors)
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.
Their commercial success notwithstanding, Trump’s books have often been products of ghostwriters or co-authors
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
Kate got the job: ghostwriter for Donald Trump’s upcoming book
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.
Merh McIver, one of the assistants who doubles as his ghost writer
a 2007 Trump University book, 'Trump 101: The Way to Success.'
Here’s how Trump (or, rather, his ghostwriter Bill Zanker) put it in his 2007 book 'Think Big'
Over 14 chapters, Mr Trump, or his ghostwriters, flesh out his stump speech.
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.
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.
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!'
Circus Maximus ... 'Insane Clown President,' which enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 15.
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.'