Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again

By Donald J. Trump

833 ratings - 3.7* vote

A New York Times bestseller!2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a plan to make America great again.President Obama has been a disaster for this country. He's wrecked our economy, saddled our children with debt, and gone around the world apologizing for America--as if the greatest nation in the world needed to apologize for being the land of opportuni A New York Times bestseller!2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a plan to make America great

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Hardcover, 216 pages
December 5th 2011 by Regnery Publishing
1596987731 (ISBN13: 9781596987739)
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You know, I did not care for Donald Trump and never really paid attention to what the media had to say about him in the past, but with all the media coverage and pretty much Trump has dominated the news it has awoken in me curiosity to look deeper than what the media is reporting.....because we all know the media only reports limited information! And because of this, I read his book in two days. I've also listened to his UNCUT speeches And boy I like what he has to say! As much as I disagree with Trump’s statements about Mexicans/Mexico, the fact is Donald Trump did not commit a crime to speak his mind. In my opinion he exaggerated; the majority of illegals are not what Trump described. There are good and bad people in every race/nationality. Call him whatever you want; hate him or not, but he has constitutional freedom rights just like any American to speak their mind, whether we like it or not or agree/disagree. We need to realize as Americans to be careful what we wish for. We want to silence those who disagree or do not like us, but yet have the right to express our own opinions, including insults, like many have done on social media. Americans, including myself are sick and tired of the same old BS from politicians. It’s refreshing to have a NON-POLITICIAN run for public office. Illegal immigration is not the only issue our country faces!


Who read this piece of garbage and gave it more than one star? I wouldn't even give it one star if there were a way to give it a lower rating. Trump needs to learn how to calculate percentages of the national debt, how the legal system works, and how international tariffs work, to name just a few things.

Lucie Goroyan

Still can't believe that this shallow, vain, self-centered, ignorant idiot is the president of the USA!!!

K.J. Gillenwater

I was curious about Trump's positions when he rose in popularity over the summer. This book has all the details you could want about Trump's plans for America, should he become president. It includes everything from tax reform to trade deals and foreign policy. He has his ducks in a row, as everything is cited and footnoted to support his policies.

The book is easy and quick to read, since the font is large and the lines are one-and-a-half or double spaced. I brought it with me on a camping trip, and it was an enjoyable past time. I didn't feel bored or overwhelmed with boring details. He gets to the point quickly, and you can hear his distinctive voice in your head as you read.

If you are curious what Trump is all about, pick up this book. I got the 2011 version (he is going to release an updated 2015 version this fall) used on Amazon for very cheap. The original hardcover price was about $27...not sure if I'd pay that price for it.

Worth your time, if you are into politics.


First of all, I read this book as part of a challenge to "read a book written by someone whose political stance you disagree with." So I went into it with a hostile attitude, I admit that. I struggled to get through it all, but I did...probably only because the actual "book" was only 67% of the content according to Kindle. The rest was acknowledgments and references and sources. Even though many of the cites are from what I would call questionable sources.

The book is just poorly written. It reads like a Trump speech--full of "I'm so great" (he's great at everything he does, it sounds like) and then full of name-calling President Obama. The grammar and word flow is terrible. I know that since the book was written, it's come out that his speech writer actually did most of the writing, but I'm sure he had to write it such that Trump would approve it. The book goes through paragraphs of rhetoric without substantiation, and then will cite some sources, but often not relevant to what was just said. (For example, Trump spent pages and pages talking about how Obama's policies 'gave away everything to the Chinese' and then cited a statistic that "China's currency manipulation and other unfair trade practices helped China's crude steel production jump from 15% of world production in 2002 to a jaw-dropping 47% in 2008." Does he not realize that Bush was President during those years and that Obama didn't even take office until January of 2009? Was he expecting Obama to clean up Bush's mess immediately? (The book was published about 2.5 years after Obama took office). Add to this the fact that Trump admits to knowing all about China's way of doing business because "I've done hundreds of deals with them"...in the same chapter where he calls China "our enemy"...is he not seeing the irony of those statements?

It was things like that which really diminished the credibility of the book. Even when he tried to cite statistics and references, they were off-kilter and skewed and of course came from heavily pro-GOP sources. There was nothing here that I didn't expect--it was a rehashing of his political speeches, points he tried to make at the debates and the like. Much of the rhetoric he spewed about Obama had been vindicated now, after Obama has had 8 years in office. (For example, "We are currently paying $85 a barrel for oil; with the right leadership, we could get that price down to $40-50/barrel." On Nov. 8, 2016, the day of the election, a barrel of crude was $46.50. Of course Trump didn't mention that during the campaign!)

He also flopped out some out and out lies, saying "Obama needs to wake up, stop taking so many vacations--I've never seen anything like it!--and quit messing around!" In reality, Obama took fewer vacation days than most modern Presidents, including 3 times LESS than his predecessor, GW Bush. He could have taken the last 3 months of his Presidency off on vacation and still not had as much vacation time as Bush!

In short....I struggled to finish the book. Aside from being written at a third grade level (I'm sure so his supporters can read it) and poorly written at that, the man is just scary. When the man who is now the leader of the free world has said, "If any country in the Middle East won't sell us their oil at fair market price, we have every right to take it" it sends chills down my spine. I'm glad I only borrowed the book from the library. I'm trying to find out if I can expunge it from my borrowing record!

Alain Burrese

There are a couple things very apparent when reading "Time To Get Tough: Making America #1 Again" by Donald Trump. One, Trump is extremely pro-America, and two, Trump is very against President Obama and the Democratic party. With that said, if you are a democrat, and you like Obama and his policies, you will not like this book. If you are conservative, don't care for the democratic party and Obama, agree with the tea-party, etc., you will most likely really enjoy reading Donald Trump slam the President and what he's done these last three years in office.

The book is pretty much what you would expect from Donald Trump if you've watched any of his televised interviews. He is very pro-America and very pro-Donald Trump. I don't mind his bragging, because he has worked hard and achieved quite a bit, so he has the right to brag a bit. I like Trump, even before "The Apprentice," and I enjoy the show. I also tend to agree with his political views, so I enjoyed reading "Time To Get Tough." Unfortunately, the solutions to our country's problems are not quite as clear cut and simple as Trump makes them out to be in this book. However, I do agree with the basic premise of many of his ideas and think they could get our country moving in the right direction.

With that said, I will say that some of Trump's positions could be viewed as Bullying, or "Might Makes Right" with his thought of taking oil from the Middle East in return for all we've done for them. While some may not agree with this approach, I would imagine those are the same people who don't agree with many aggressive positions. But I think Trump is right when he says we have to stand up to them with force, because if we don't, they will continue to walk over us.

The issues Trump addresses in this book include getting tough, something he believes Obama isn't; taking the oil as I mentioned above; tax China and get tough with them because they are the enemy and we need to save American jobs; tax less and let small businesses grow; reduce waste and spending; strengthen American muscle on a global scale; curb social programs so they help people as a safety net, not a hammock; repeal Obamacare; get tough on illegal immigrants; build the America our children deserve. He also has an Afterword in which he discusses the press, the presidency and a few other things.

The book contains nearly 250 footnotes, so it is not just Trump's opinions, but he does back them up with research. No, I have not checked all of these sources, but they are there for the person who wants to further research some of The Donald's ideas or where they may have come from.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is a quick read, and if you are unhappy with the current president and the way the country is going, it makes you feel good thinking of these simple (as I said, maybe too simple) answers to our problems. If you are a republican, you'll enjoy it, if a democrat, don't get it because you won't like it.

Jill Niebuhr

Every American Should Read This!

This book explains so much. I've always wondered why we've squandered our resources and been taken advantage of by other countries when we were supposed to be the greatest. We've made a lot of mistakes and Donald Trump highlights the most recent ones the have put us in debt that is unbearable. We've went from being great to being poor. A lot of decisions can be explained very well in dollars and cents and Donald Trump is definitely the man to do such a thing. We look stupid, he says, and I've thought that my whole life. I've wondered how we could spoil the greatest gift imaginable- a free country. Donald Trump is presumably upset at what has happened to America. It really explains to me his behavior in the presidential race and this book explains exactly why. Not only that, he has solutions too.

Jamie King

Trump is strong in his positioning and does not waste time getting to the point. He is ruthless in his accusations here supplying the Trump style entertainment we have come to expect.

The issues he focuses on here are critical to the future of the American government but never addressed in Washington or commentated on for fear of political correctness.

While ~~most~~~ all of the ideas sound outrageous at first it comes off as part of this shock value, attention grabbing tactic. Once you see the explanation, meaning behind the sound bite, and plan it makes decent common sense.

That said this is far from an endorsement just appreciation for dragging difficult topics into our periphery, explaining them while as well as offering a solution. Most people can tell a problem when they see it, few can explain it and even less have the confidence to suggest a solution

Travis Bow

This is a short book (I listened to it in a day while doing yard work) and it gives a good overview of A) what Trump's opinions are and B) what kind of person he is. It's a good thing to read if you feel woefully uninformed (as I do). (Note: it was written in 2011, right before the last election, when Trump was thinking of running for president but decided not to).

Trump's Opinions (a summary of Trump's points / my commentary in italics)
Foreign Policy Regarding Oil
We should a) force Iraq to give us some of their oil (this is just because we spent a lot of money liberating them, and if we leave, Iran will just take it all anyway), b) sue OPEC (the coalition of oil-producing countries that currently colludes to fix oil prices in violation of all anti-trust laws... this would require passing the "NOPEC" bill, which was passed but vetoed by Bush in 2008 because of fears of "retaliatory action"), c) reduce restrictions to promote domestic oil production. These three things will gain / save America a ton of money to help balance the budget.
I'm skeptical that forcing Iraq to give us oil is justifiable in any way... it would be a dangerous policy to say, "We decided you needed liberation, then liberated you, so now you pay us", and one which could quickly lead to us "liberating" other oil-rich countries. OPEC anti-trust collusion does sound bad... but I need to get more info to have an opinion.
Foreign Policy Regarding China
China manipulates currency (undervalues the currency so that people want to buy from / outsource to China) and takes our jobs. We should tax China's products by 25% until they set a real market value on their currency. They're also building their military and hiding it and attacking the US with corporate espionage.
The point about undervaluing currency seems fairly legit, and the 25% tax sounds like a decent idea, but I have literally no information about this issue other than what Trump gave, so I need to do more research on it.
A fairly typical republican / Reagan-type opinion: lower taxes will stimulate growth and actually raise revenue for the government, high taxes on corporations are stupid and incentivize outsourcing to other countries, etc. Specific tax system proposed: 0% corporation tax (instead of 39%), individual taxes of 1% for <$30k a year, 5% for $30k-$100k, 10% for $100k to $1m, 15% for >$1m, eliminate "death tax" of up to 35%.
I think the principles are sound, but am not educated enough to comment on the specific plan.
Solving our Debt
44% of our budget is Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security. We should keep these (like Ronald Reagan said). The first thing to help is to stimulate the economy (lower taxes). The second is to crack down on fraud and waste... private businesses do things way more efficiently than the government. Actually the first thing to do is to get lots of money with better policies regarding China and OPEC.
Not much of a specific plan here, but I got the sense that Trump would treat the US more like a business that needs to be profitable and use foreign relations to maximize profitability.
We should build up our military. China is a real threat. We have to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons at all costs. We have to allow our soldiers to shoot back when Pakistan shoots at them. We have to "take the oil" / demand payment when people want aid from us or military protection from us... we're not a charity.
Hard to comment on this... it strikes a "heck yeah, America!" chord but also makes it sound like Trump would be fairly likely to start some wars.
Welfare needs reform badly. It should be "a safety net, not a hammock". Huge amounts of waste occur, and the lack of accountability encourages people towards poverty, not away from it (similar opinion to Ben Carson and most Republicans, (quotes Reagan as saying, "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.") but also to FDR, who he quotes as saying, "Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. it is inimical to the dictates of sound policy. It is a violation of the traditions of America". Trump praises the Welfare Reform act that Clinton signed and proposes more of the same (specifically, drug testing for all welfare recipients).
Seems pretty reasonable.
Lots of predictions about what Obamacare would do (I guess it was about to go into effect) and criticism of the idea of forcing people toward buying a government product, the small-business squelching it would do, etc.
Illegal Immigration
Crime caused by illegal immigrants is a huge problem (cites lots of statistics). Housing non-citizens in US prisons is a huge burden on our budget. The US's policies regarding legal citizenship are stupid; we are one of only two countries that allows citizenship if you are born in the US; everyone else bases citizenship on whether you would be a high contributor to the country. We should not be taking the "undesirables" from other countries, we should be making qualifications for only the highest contributors to become citizens. 5-point Trump plan: 1) secure our borders (wall, virtual or real, + more guards), 2) enforce our current laws on deportation / etc. 3) overturn ICE recommendations for illegal immigrant detention facilities (which are resort-like / luxurious), 4) oppose the DREAM act and stop giving in-state tuition benefits to illegal immigrants but not to out-of-state citizens 5) (forgot to include it?).
I need to form a better opinion on this. Enforcing our laws seems like a good idea, supporting non-citizen criminals in our prisons seems like a bad idea. While I get the "set the bar for citizenship high" principle, I'm not sure how it jives with the ""Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" principle.

What kind of person Trump is
A big thread seems to be a "all's fair in business", "do it if you can get away with it", "the ends justify the means" attitude. When explaining that he is not anti-Chinese, he says that all the dishonest things China is apparently doing to us (manipulating currency, corporate espionage, etc.) are understandable and smart, and that he would do the same if he could. "If we could get away with it against them, I would strongly encourage us to do so.".

Another thread is arrogance / self-obsession. A huge section of the book (an afterword) are about all the people that have said bad things about Trump, all the TV shows he's been on, all the compliments he's received... basically an opportunity to demonstrate how popular and talented he is and "set the record straight" on any points of besmirched honor.

A final thread is practicality / competency. Despite the blustering, I do get the impression that Trump is a get-stuff-done sort of guy, in both the best and worst sense of the word (i.e. competent but willing to take questionable steps to accomplish his goals).


Note -- this review does get a bit political. If you're liberal, feel free to skip over it (as I do when I see a liberal post. I just don't need the frustration!).

So, we're less than a year from electing a new president. I like to know all I can about my options. I've read (and reviewed) Ben Carson's biography, Gifted Hands. When a friend loaned me Donald Trump's book, Time to Get Tough: Make America Great Again!, I was happy to read it.

This isn't Trump's autobiography; it's more his thoughts on various political topics. It was written in 2011, when he briefly ran for president, so things have probably changed a bit since then, but I feel like it's still a good basic look at the policies he espouses.

Starting out, I wasn't sure what to think. I respect Trump as a businessman, but he seemed a bit grandiose and perhaps more like an entertainer than a president. After reading the book, I'm more impressed with him. We'll see how things go, but I'd definitely vote for him. I have a few reservations, but when those creep in, I just have to think about how the presidency is going currently. Honestly, I don't think we could do worse. As the book states, "Obama was a leftist experiment that has failed and gone horribly wrong." I do think a dramatic change is needed to get America back on course.

His views on immigration, foreign policy, entitlement spending, etc. seem on-target to me. It's refreshing as well to read someone speak to the issues we face in a commanding, no-nonsense way that makes it sound like we actually COULD emerge from our current troubles.

Many things in the book were interesting -- one being that Trump outlines how differently Canada deals with immigration from how we do. Canadians start by asking potential immigrants how they would support the development of a strong, prosperous Canadian economy. They are awarded points based on how they'll add to the economy. Contrast that with the US system, where a large part of someone's eligibility is based on whether they're related to someone currently in the country. No wonder we are expending so much on immigrants -- and the ones we're discussing are the *legal* ones. There are many, many more who are here illegally.

Apart from the book, I watched Trump and his family interviewed recently on 20/20. I have to say that I was really impressed with him in the interview. Melania came across well, and his kids are just WOW. Very impressive, smart, and not seeming entitled (as they could easily be in their situation).