The Real Deal: My Decade Fighting Battles and Winning Wars with Trump

The Real Deal: My Decade Fighting Battles and Winning Wars with Trump

by George A. Sorial, Damian Bates


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Remember when Trump was a great boss, a great father, and a great businessman, before the liberal media rewrote that narrative? That’s still the real Trump.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062887665
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,221,361
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

George A. Sorial was Executive Vice President & Counsel to The Trump Organization for over twelve years, working directly alongside Donald J. Trump until his inauguration in January 2017. He then became EVP and Chief Compliance Counsel to the business, reporting directly to Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

Damian Bates worked as a journalist for nearly thirty years in the United Kingdom. He now runs his own reputation management consultancy, covering strategic communications and public affairs. He has known Donald J. Trump for over a decade. For the record, he is married to Sarah Malone.

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

Acknowledgments 259

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