My reading list: President Donald Trump

My reading list: President Donald Trump

It's only words

Text: Adibah Isa

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As Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States, we take a look at the books he's been known to read and promote — unsurprisingly, one of his own

Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald J. Trump and Tony Schwartz
First written when Donald Trump was 41 (i.e. a million years ago), the book is part memoir, part idiot's guide to business. Ever since his presidential win, the book has landed itself back in the spotlight, making Amazon's top 100 bestseller list. If you've always been curious to find out what makes Trump, well, Trump, this is a good starter. "In most cases I'm very easy to get along with," he writes. "I'm very good to people who are good to me. But when people treat me badly or unfairly or try to take advantage of me, my general attitude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard."


Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary by Edward Klein
One of the books Trump was reportedly reading during his campaign trail is an exposé of Hillary Clinton as she races to the White House. Written by former editor in chief of New York Times Magazine and contributing editor of Vanity Fair, it portrays Clinton and her family's struggle as they try to claim America back into their hands. Klein's conversations with associates of the Clintons and Obamas are revealed in this investigative look into Clinton's life away from the media support.


All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
In response to former FOX anchor and current NBC News journalist Megyn Kelly on what he had been reading, Trump mentioned German novelist Erich Maria Remarque's work. First published in 1929, it tells a coming-of-age story of the Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. From naïve and idealistic to bitter and broken, the book follows Bäumer's journey as he struggles for survivial. "It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men," quips the author.

All Quiet on the Western Front

The Art of War by Sun Tzu
In his book Trump 101: The Way to Success, the future POTUS recommended this classic. Written in the second century BC by a general in the Chinese military, it's one of the most influential books on strategy. Touch points include how-tos on deception, knowing your enemy and the mental strength needed to win battles.

Sun Tzu Art of War

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
"I don't even know how to react!" exclaims author and law professor Amy Chua when she learned that Trump's a fan. It's unsurprising — Chua's book details how a strong set of skills, work habits and confidence should be instilled in children from an early age. Trump's children Ivanka, Eric and Donald certainly embody these qualities to form what's going to be America's most controversial First family. 

Battle hymn of the tiger mother

To see Barack Obama's reading list, click here.