As you may or may not be aware, I am a fan of Donald J. Trump. Based on my previous posts that should probably come as a shock to exactly zero people. It should then also probably shock the same number of people to learn that I am also a fan of Donald J. Trump Jr.
Now before I get too into the meat of the review, I want to preface this by saying this is not meant to be any kind of formal or academic review. For starters, this was never intended to be that type of book so to review it from an academic standpoint or along formal review guidelines would be unfair. Not that it couldn’t withstand that kind of review, I actually think it could. But, to do that style review for a book clearly meant to be a more of a conversation starter would be doing a disservice to the book and author. So, without further adieu, let’s get to the review.
I wasn’t in any hurry to read this, not because of the subject matter but because honestly I usually prefer my nonfiction to be different than what my presumptions of this book led me to expect. In truth, I don’t really know what I expected this book to be. But based on the way the author handles the media I think I may have thought the book would be just a series of swipes and digs at prominent leftists and media figures. Not that I wouldn’t have enjoyed that, I absolutely would have. So, based on that assumption it had caused the book to fall into the “I’ll get to it eventually” category. But as luck would have it, my mother got it for me as a Christmas gift.
Honestly, I’m glad she did. As it turns out, this book is nothing like what I expected. It does, thankfully, take swipes at people like I expected. However, intermingled within Don Jr.’s triggering of various people and groups is a book with a good bit of depth. It’s part irreverent jab at the haters, part autobiography and part economics and history lesson. When combined in the way that he does it, it makes for not just entertaining reading, which it certainly is, but a book that actually helps you to understand the man, his positions and why he operates the way he does. It is a nice peek into the world of the Trump family with a sprinkling of some excellent personal, historical and financial lessons.
This, to me, is where the book really shines. It is an extremely easy read while still being somewhat thought provoking. It espouses certain virtues and provides certain truths while backing them up with solid information and facts. Best of all, it is able to do this without being preachy or coming across as dryly academic. It is written in a conversational style that at times genuinely feels like the author is telling you the stories in person. If you’ve ever heard Don Jr. talk you can immediately recognize his personality in the writing style. Meaning, it is definitely written in his voice.
If there is a drawback to this book, it’s that there are undoubtedly some people who need to read it that won’t simply because of who wrote it. There are a lot of hidden gems tucked away within this book. Throughout the pages there are some very interesting tidbits and perspectives that are funny, enjoyable, even enlightening and certainly worth reading. So, if you like Don Jr. or his father, or even if you are someone on the fence about them I would say it is definitely worth picking up this book and reading it. If nothing else you’ll get some insight into the Trump family and, given that they are the current first family, that alone is worth the price of the book.
If you’re interested in in picking it up, you can get it by way of the link at the top of the page or by clicking here.