Book review: Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received


As I have written many times before, I hate Donald Trump. But as I discussed in my review of Trump Style Negotiation, his unfortunate status as the most prominent figure in real estate has attracted some great collaborators for his books. A book with Trump's name on it sells better than a book by someone nobody's heard of and, consequently, some of the best real estate minds you've never heard of have lent their work to Trump's name.

Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received
is a perfect example of this. Basically, this book contains 100 short essays written by some of the most successful real estate people in the world, all sharing the best piece of advice about the business that they ever received.

Happily, the book is free of get-rich-quick charlatans like Robert Kiyosaki, and includes passages from the likes of Barbara Corcoran, Robert Boykin, and Steve Bollenbach. If you've never heard of these people, that's the point: they're real real estate tycoons who've focused on creating wealth and value rather than ego trips, unlike the man whose visage appears on the cover.

True: a lot of the advice is trite and obvious. But it's a book that you can't read without learning something, which is more than can be said for most investing-related books.

If you're more interested in stocks than real estate, check out Liz Claman's very similar book The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received: Priceless Wisdom from Warren Buffett, Jim Cramer, Suze Orman, Steve Forbes, and Dozens of Other Top Financial Experts.