cover image NO SUCH THING AS OVER-EXPOSURE: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump

NO SUCH THING AS OVER-EXPOSURE: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump

Robert Slater, Author . Prentice-Hall $24.95 (247p) ISBN 978-0

"The Donald" has been the subject of countless articles and monographs; what separates this book from the competition is Slater's level of access (over 100 hours of tape of the man himself), his doggedness (over 150 interviews with peers and others) and his experience—Slater has authored numerous business bios and profiles, from Saving Big Blue to Jack Welch and the GE Way . His approach to New York real estate's major mogul is a paradoxical warts-and-all hagiography, where Trump's flaws seem to play as much of a role in his success as his business acumen. Foul-mouthed asides are printed verbatim, and Trump is relatively forthcoming on his already much combed-over personal life (as he is in his own books like The Art of the Deal ). What Slater does best is dramatize the tension of high-stakes business deals, and there's plenty of that, from Trump's purchase and revamping of 1 Columbus Circle to the contract negotiations for The Apprentice . Timed to be released with the third season of that hit TV series, this book's 100,000 first printing is a bet on the continuing appeal of this gruff, larger-than-life embodiment of venture capital—just another one of the many lessons on how Trump uses the media to increase the value of his properties and extend his name across his realm. (Mar. 1)