It is not unusual for celebrities who aren’t experienced writers to have ghostwriters pen their autobiographies. In 1987, writer Tony Schwartz had seemingly hit the jackpot when he penned Donald Trump’s memoir, The Art of the Deal. The book went on to become a New York Times best seller.
Schwartz, however, has felt significant remorse since writing the book that helped to create Trump’s billionaire mystique. The author has recently come out to claim that the book should be both renamed and reclassified.
The ghostwriter has been critical of the Trump presidency since day one. The recent tax revelations published by the New York Times, though, seem to be a tipping point for Schwartz.
The author appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday night to discuss the report. He told the CNN host, “If I had to rename ‘The Art or the Deal’ I would call it ‘The Sociopath.”
"If I had to rename 'The Art or the Deal' I would call it 'The Sociopath.'"
"Art of the Deal" ghostwriter Tony Schwartz says Trump is "probably aware more walls are closing around him than ever before but he does not experienced the world in a way an ordinary human being would." pic.twitter.com/yqurwhNRV8
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 9, 2019
Thanks to the revelations, Schwartz has also taken issue with the book being classified as an autobiography. He tweeted on Wednesday night, “Given the Times report on Trump’s staggering losses, I’d be fine if Random House simply took the book out of print. Or recategorized it as fiction.”
Given the Times report on Trump's staggering losses, I'd be fine if Random House simply took the book out of print. Or recategorized it as fiction.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) May 8, 2019
Trump has taken a number of hits since the Times report has been published. The more conservative arms of the media, however, have stood by his side. On Tuesday morning, Fox & Friends spun the massive business losses as an impressive achievement. ““If anything, you read this and you’re like ‘Wow, it’s pretty impressive, all the things that he’s done in his life,” said Ainsley Earhardt. “It’s beyond what most of us could ever achieve.”