Chapter 3. Marching Up Fifth Avenue

Children often want to be like their parents, but they are eager to establish independent identities as well. Donald Trump was no different. But he carried an extra “burden,” the kind borne by children of very wealthy parents. The burden was how to develop a successful career that was identifiably one's own, with parents who possessed the wealth to take care of one's every need? The burden is that much greater when a son admires and respects his father as deeply as Donald Trump did.

In his youth, young Donald vacillated between wanting to follow in his father's footsteps as a real-estate developer and searching for ways to stand apart from his parents and his peers. The turning point came when his parents sent ...

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