Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump - Harry Hurt IIINew York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Perhaps Donald Trump really was the Colossus of the 1980s: a larger-than-life symbol of success and excess whose preeminence in the world’s toughest arena inspired awe, envy, and loathing. Today, the Trump empire of hotels, high-rises, and casinos lies mired in prepackaged bankruptcy, and Donald’s private life has become as scandalous as a prime-time soap opera.
Harry Hurt’s irresistibly readable biography begins with a riveting snapshot, a day in the life of Donald, Ivana, and Maria Maples on October 10, 1989. On this day, a little after noon, a rented helicopter will crash on the way to Atlantic City, killing three top executives in Trump’s casino operation. Donald is already in over his head personally and fi-nancially: the affair with Maria is beginning to leak to the press and will shortly blow his marriage to kingdom come; in Atlantic City construction of the vast, gaudy, doomed albatross known as the Trump Taj Mahal drags on. The death of the casino executives is a blow from which the empire cannot recover, and Donald will make matters worse by concocting a lie for publicity purposes — that he had planned to ride to Atlantic City in the fated helicopter, and thus narrowly escaped death.
From the secret demolition of the Bonwit Teller landmark with illegal Polish labor to the shootout in Aspen between Ivana and Maria, from glimpses of a fiercely competitive family background to details on Donald’s frenzied pursuit of money and beautiful women, Harry Hurt’s explosive narrative combines tough investigative reporting and celebrity gossip: it is the perfect vehicle for exploring every last corner of Trump’s empire, from the boardroom to the bedroom. With unprecedented access to court records, Trump Organization sources, and interviews with The Donald himself, the author constructs a glittering portrait of greed, scandal, and blind ambition. His book is all the more timely in view of Donald’s boast, echoed in the financial press, that he is on the verge of an astonishing comeback in the nineties.”