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Title: Raising Trump
Author: Ivana Trump
Format: Epub
Rating: .5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: October 17, 2018 ro October 18, 2018
Book Summary: In Raising Trump, Ivana Trump reflects on her extraordinary life and the raising of her three children—Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka—and recounts the lessons she taught her children as they were growing up.

As her former husband takes his place as the 45th President of the United States, his children have also been thrust into the media spotlight—but it is Ivana who raised them and proudly instilled in them what she believes to be the most important life lessons: loyalty, honesty, integrity, and drive. Raising Trump is a non-partisan, non-political book about motherhood, strength, and resilience. Though Ivana writes about her childhood in communist Czechoslovakia, her escape from the regime and relocation to New York, her whirlwind romance, and her great success as a businesswoman, the focus of the book is devoted to Ivana’s raising of her children. Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump will all contribute their own memories to the book.

“Every day, people ask me how I raised such great kids. They are truly amazed when I tell them that there was no magic to their upbringing. I was a tough and loving mother who taught them the value of a dollar, not to lie, cheat, or steal, respect for others, and other life lessons that I’ll share now in Raising Trump, along with unfiltered personal stories about Don, Eric, and Ivanka from their early childhood to becoming the ‘first sons and daughter.’” —Ivana Trump
Book Review: I am not sure how the hell I managed to finish this book. There were moments while I was reading where I wanted to give up and toss this book into the "DNF" pile but I pushed myself. Maybe it was because I was on lunch break at work and didn't want to set another book down into the "DNF" pile again.

A long time ago when I first saw her headlining those grocery store lane newpapers where she first learned of her husband's infidelity with Marla Maples, I actually felt sorry for her because here was a woman whose husband's own mistress presented herself before Trump even had a chance to tell Ivana about her. This was a woman I had a ton of sympathy for and I wondered what would happen to her.

After reading this book, all the sympathy I had for her went right out the window. Ivana wants you to believe that she and her family are like you and me but they are far from it. Before Ivana married Donald Trump, she went from a modest living in communist Czechoslovakia where she modeled and became a competitive skiier. Of course during these hobbies, she had to always report to the authorities but often those integrations that were meant to be long and filled with lengthy questions of places Ivana went outside of her homeland were cut short when she brought back something for those authorities. Later when she was given the chance to leave, Ivana did so and would end up later in America where she would meet Donald Trump.

Although Ivana wants you to believe that she raised her children single-handedly, they were actually raised mainly by the nannies. Oh she did take them to school, spent time with them by taking them with her to work, but it was mainly the nannies that pretty much did everything. Ivana tells you that she was no soccer Mom . She went to events for the children, had parties, but she did not care to associate with any of the parents. From the way she wrote of this made me believe that she felt that was above them and any moment spent in their company would be horrible.

This is rather sad because Ivana pretty much allowed herself to be isolated instead of being out there making friends with parents. Even during the stage of her divorce, she cut herself off from people whom were close to her. I understand that it was a stressful time in her life and she really wanted to give her children a chance of normalcy but cutting yourself off really does add to all those rumors circulating at the time about the divorce. I respect her for keeping her head up and not allowing the tabloids to get the best of her.

I think the only thing worthy of this book were the recipes I found in the middle of it. Maybe one day I will find the courage to try to make them. Maybe.

If you are a fan of the Trumps, then this may be your cup of tea. It really wasn't for me.