New Biography Reveals 6 Things You Don't Know About Donald Trump
The Donald as filmmaker? Oprah as his running mate? In 'Never Enough,' Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D'Antonio reveals what people may not know about the reality star and GOP frontrunner.
This story first appeared in the Oct. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Donald Trump revealed Sept. 21 that he is writing a campaign book to be released in late October. But there already is a new Trump tome in bookstores. Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success, the only major biography of the Republican frontrunner scheduled for this election season, went on sale Sept. 22 after having its publication moved up from early 2016. Pulitzer-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio (Newsday) spoke with THR about what the book reveals about the reality TV star who might be president.
1. HE ALMOST WENT TO FILM SCHOOL
During their six hours of interviews for the book, Trump revealed to D'Antonio that he thought about moving to California during the early 1970s to attend film school but ultimately decided to go into business with his father, real estate developer Fred Trump. A key to understanding Donald Trump, says the author, is that "he's always been very interested in theater and film."
2. RICHARD NIXON WAS A FAN
After the wife of the 37th president saw Trump on Phil Donahue's afternoon talk show, Nixon wrote him a letter: "As you can imagine, she [Pat Nixon] is an expert on politics, and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office, you will be a winner!"
3. HIS FATHER WAS ALMOST AS BIG A MEDIA HOG
D'Antonio's favorite photo in the book is of Fred during the '50s, promoting a housing development's groundbreaking by posing with four bikini-clad women while standing on an earthmover and holding a pickax. "How is that any different from Donald?" he says with a laugh.
4. EX-WIFE IVANA STILL DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HIM
"The family member who impressed me most was Ivana because she struggled to describe what drove him then and said, 'I'm not sure I understand him,' " recalls D'Antonio. Considering Ivana has known Trump for 40 years, D'Antonio says he thought "that a person who could be so close to someone and yet he wasn't really known to her" was "sad."
5. OPRAH COULD BE HIS CHOICE FOR RUNNING MATE
After joining the Reform Party in 1999, Trump was asked whom he would like to join him on the ticket if he ran for president. He said Oprah Winfrey because "she's popular, she's brilliant — she's a wonderful woman."
6. HE'S NOT A BIG FAN OF MOST PEOPLE
In an interview, Trump said, "For the most part you can't respect people because most people aren't worthy of respect." D'Antonio admits he was taken aback by the comment, which became the book's opening quote: "I didn't expect him to be that direct."