Longtime Trump Organization executive and attorney George A. Sorial saw the real Trump firsthand, from the early days of The Apprentice to the passing of power to the younger generation before the inauguration. He learned from his boss how to use chaos, the media, and a single-minded focus to achieve things everyone else said were impossible.
He learned how to predict what the world’s least predictable leader would do next.
In The Real Deal, George A. Sorial and Damian Bates, a former newspaper editor who has covered Trump for years, explain the forty-fifth president’s business and political strategies in detail. Often what looks complicated is just a man giving the people what he wants. For instance, why would Trump run for president, when winning would be a financial disaster for him? He was forced to set aside his TV contracts and international expansion, costing him hundreds of millions of dollars. The answer is: because everyone he talked to wanted him to run to make America great again.
In this book we see a man barely recognizable from the media’s depiction. We see the deliberate and cunning reasons he scolds people, gets impatient with complicated briefings, hires neophytes, and starts fights in the media. We also see a boss who was hard-working, fun, well read, generous with opportunities, and endlessly interested in outside opinions.
The mainstream media has tried to undermine the president at every turn by spreading lies about his management abilities, his negotiation style, and his business success. Now, in The Real Deal, George A. Sorial and Damian Bates explain how Trump’s unusual style worked so well for decades—and how it’s working better in the White House than anyone realizes.
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About the Author
Damian Bates is a journalist who has also known and covered Trump for over a decade.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Golden Years 1
Chapter 2 Sealing the Deal with Trump 13
Chapter 3 The Lure of Fifth Avenue 23
Chapter 4 To the Land of My Ancestors 33
Chapter 5 Conquer the Unconquerable 39
Chapter 6 God Has Done All the Hard Work 47
Chapter 7 The Donald J. Trump I Know 57
Chapter 8 Travels with My Blue-Collar Boss 67
Chapter 9 It's About the Information, Stupid 77
Chapter 10 Let's Fight Back 85
Chapter 11 I Never Bead the Contract: Buyer's Remorse 91
Chapter 12 Searching for the Stars 103
Chapter 13 Facing the Baying Mob 111
Chapter 14 Listen and Learn 115
Chapter 15 The Man Who Never Forgets 125
Chapter 16 Surviving the Blasts 131
Chapter 17 Trust and Failure 141
Chapter 18 Why I Work for Donald J. Trump 147
Chapter 19 Sexism, Deals, and Learning to Believe 163
Chapter 20 Sometimes the Deal Conies Second 175
Chapter 21 Man of the People 187
Chapter 22 Father and Boss 193
Chapter 23 My Father, Mr. President 205
Chapter 24 The Twitter Traditionalist 215
Chapter 25 Cohen and the Betrayal of DJT 223
Chapter 26 Salad, Dogs, and the Death Penalty 229
Chapter 27 Walking into the White House 241
Chapter 28 Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 245