These are all independent reviews of The Art of the Steal :
Review Rating: 5 Stars
If “Scathing Indictment” and “Fun Romp” had a baby…
…It would be “The Art of the Steal”. From spot-on insights into Trump’s twisted personality, to no-holds-barred, setting-the-record-straight journalism, this is the book for everyone who recognizes that we’re living in the time of the worst president in US history. It’s comic relief and “hell yeah!” satisfaction rolled up into one! ~Daevidius
From Readers’ Favorite:
Review #1: Review by Romuald Dzemo
Review Rating: 5 Stars
The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD is a hilarious, satirical, and hugely entertaining work that captures the psychology and builds a realistic portrait of the 45th President of the United States. The book is written from the point of view of Aimon Niddy Ott — Trump’s Id, a character the author claims came to her in a dream. In this book, readers are invited to check out the thought patterns of the president of the United States. The book explores his ambitions, takes a critical look at his narcissistic personality, makes a mockery of his love for money, analyses his deepest motivations to pursue the office of the presidency, castigates his sense of vanity and the sick desire to be seen and heard, and a lot more. Curiously, the utterances match what readers who follow Trump on Twitter already know, and this unveils his fear of the media — which he calls fake — and demonstrates with consistency the inconsistencies in his utterances, his love for tyrannical rulers like Vladimir Putin, racism, and a lot more.
The writing is crisp and pithy, and at times, it mimics Trump’s way with words on social media. This is a work that is well-researched and is based on facts that are not far-fetched. The reader takes a peek at Trump’s Twitter wall to understand the satire in this work. It is curious that most of the words spoken by Aimon Niddy Ott have been spoken before by Trump, or they reflect a thought attributed to him, or reveal something of his personality. Talking about what he learned from Vincent Norman Peale, Ott says: “He taught me to always use strong words, and that positive words can change a negative reality. He taught me that if I say it’s true, and I believe it’s true – it has to be true.”
It is funny how the following expression reflects Trump’s thoughts in The Art of the Deal and Think Big: Make It Happen in Life and in Business: “I do it for the money. Money is the ultimate score card. But it’s never enough, and I’m always searching for more products and properties to stamp my FAMOUS name on.” Cynthia Zaitz’s The Art of the Steal is one hell of a rollicking ride, a book with a unique style that gives readers a real picture, a psychological analysis of the president of the United States. You’ll laugh out loud, but you will also be forced to stop and reflect on the Trump conundrum.
Review #2: Review by Grant Leishman
Review Rating: 4 Stars
In The Art of the Steal, author Cynthia Zaitz, PhD brings us a comedic parody of the motivations and thought processes of perhaps the most divisive and discussed politician in the history of humanity – one Donald J. Trump, President of the United States. Through her imaginary character, Aimon Niddy Ott, whom she describes as Trump’s Id, she takes us on a journey to unravel what she believes is ultimately behind all his decision-making processes and what really goes on inside the mind of a megalomaniac kleptocrat. Zaitz takes us through a typical day in the life of Mr. Ott, as he juggles the many tasks of the “most important man in the Universe”. The title of the book itself, clearly a parody on Trump’s ‘own’ work, The Art of the Deal, gives us a hint as to what motivates this enigma of a president in the author’s mind. The Presidency, it appears, is just the finest opportunity businessman Trump has had to date to steal from everyone.
There is considerable humour to be gained from parody and sarcasm, two tools author Cynthia Zaitz uses to extremes in The Art of the Steal and sections of it are genuinely funny, especially if you are against Trump and his policies. Zaitz makes no secret at all of her total and utter disdain for Donald Trump, and the fact that she lives for the day this “terrible period” in United States history is over and done with. With that in mind and knowing there will be no counterbalancing, it is easier to enjoy and appreciate the wit and comedic flair in some parts of this narrative. My only concern is the continual repetition of the one-liners that drip from Trump’s mouth like saliva and are recorded here, ad nauseam. The author would probably argue that they drip from Trump’s mouth ad nauseam also and that would indeed be hard to argue with. If you are anti-Trump or somewhere in between, you will find this book fun, engaging and quite enjoyable. If you are one of the President’s fan base, I have little doubt this book will offend you deeply. Perhaps that, in itself, best summarizes the polarization of US politics since the rise of Trumpism – that being said, this is a fun read.
Review #3: Review by Lex Allen
Review Rating: 5 Stars
The Art of the Steal by Dr. Cynthia Zaitz is a work of fact-based fiction written from the point of view of Aimon Niddy Ott—Trump’s Id as imagined by the author. Ott brings out the widely disparate personality traits exhibited time after time by the real and current president of the United States. In comedic fashion, Zaitz displays Ott’s glorified opinion of himself, his racism, shady business deals, insatiable greed, self-delusion, and unbelievable narcissism.
By detouring around standard writing format, using blocks of varied fonts and grammar, often capitalizing entire paragraphs, The Art of the Steal is a one-of-a-kind piece of work that clearly projects the scatterbrained ideas, actions, and self-adoration constantly displayed by a man who will undoubtedly go down in history as the worst president ever—providing the world survives the man’s lunacy. Readers will be unable to stifle out-loud laughter, immediately swallowed by the facts of this man’s inhumanity and tragic impact on the world’s political, social and financial environments. Ott clearly describes the workings of the deranged mind of a megalomaniac holding the reins of a nuclear world power.
This is a book that will sound familiar to all who have followed the events of Trump’s presidency, concomitantly shocking the reader with a deep insight into the rotten soul of the man known as the president of the United States. Adherents to Trump’s bull in the china shop actions, expressed through Ott, will probably pound the table in exhilaration; and what a sad commentary of the devolution of American morality and ethics it has shown itself to be.
Review #4: Review by Alyssa Elmore
Review Rating: 5 Stars
As we enter our second year with a television series celebrity as president of the United States, we wonder “What were we thinking?” Our second question may inevitably be “What is Trump thinking?” Now we know. The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD is a humorous satire featuring Donald Trump’s favorite man, his id, as depicted by Zaitz. Meet Aimon Niddy Ott, forty-fifth President of the United States. Mr. Ott is a vain, conceited, self-serving man, entangled in a sultry love affair – with himself. Based on the author’s observations of Trump and extensive research, Zaitz paints a humorous, albeit scary portrait of our president’s more primitive brain, according to Dr. Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality. Do you want to delve into The Most Popular Man in History’s mind – according to Mr. Ott?
The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD sheds light on the words and actions of Trump by digging deep into the psyche of the president. I was amazed at how spot on the author was as she portrayed his id, Aimon Niddy Ott! This book is funny, yet very realistic. Mr. Ott was influenced as a young man by his favorite teacher and pastor, Norman Vincent Peale. By addressing the teachings of Peale, we can see how Mr. Ott’s id developed, or stagnated, depending on how one looks at it. I enjoyed this book although it is terrifying that such an immature man has such great power. This book is an excellent addition to the shelves of those who enjoy parodies, and those who are interested in the complex intentions of our president.
Review #5: Review by Jamie Michele
Review Rating: 5 Stars
The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD (as told by the fictional Aimon Niddy Ott) is a parody of the similarly titled book written by the 45th President of the United States before he became the leader of the free world. I’m playing fast and loose with the word “parody” here, as the actual framework and many of the statements can be directly attributed to the aforementioned individual. Zaitz/Ott begins with an introduction and then breaks the book down into nice sections: Stealing: A Peek at My Day, Stealing!, The Elements of the Steal, No One Uses the Power of Misdirection Better than Me!, I’m a Master Manipulator, My Name is Worth Billions!, How to Get Media Coverage!, If I Want it to be True – it’s True!, and Russia. Throughout, the book is peppered with quotes, cartoons, and an attributed narrative told in the first person by Ott.
Is it possible to laugh hard, but then cry at the same time because it’s both hilarious and incredibly sad? The answer to this is a resounding “Yes.” The Art of the Steal was meticulously researched by Cynthia Zaitz, who made certain everything within was sourced to something that was verifiably stated. My favorite part is the “Think Like Me” excerpts at the start of each section (I want my name on everything.), and my abs are still recovering from reading about Helping Oppressed Rich White People (anything else said is just fake news). I recommend The Art of the Steal to any snowflake looking for a book full of terrifying comedy and a ‘bigly’ dose of all things larcenous.
Review #6: Review by Ray Simmons
Review Rating: 5 Stars
It is one of the many ironic things about the Donald Trump phenomenon that those who need this book will never read it. The audience for The Art of the Steal will, no doubt, be people like me. People like Dr. Cynthia Zaitz. People who know just what the 45th president really represents and what that might mean for the future of our democracy. Aimon Niddy Ott is the pen name for Donald Trump’s Id. It is supposed to be Gaelic for “strong golden god.” This is a weird name, and this is an unusual name, but these things absolutely fit into a world where Donald Trump is the president of the United States. If you are still somewhat dazed by the fact that Trump is president, don’t feel bad. The Art of the Steal will explain it to you. You will understand how it happened. I doubt anything could ever make you like it or even accept it, but understanding it is important. After all, we don’t want it to happen again.
I liked The Art of the Steal. I think Cynthia Zaitz has done a great service to the American people, both present and future. Someone needed to write this book and Dr. Zaitz has done a great job. The satire is right on point. Dr. Zaitz doesn’t overwhelm us with it, but takes time out to explain things in a thoughtful, serious manner. The writing fits the style and tone of the subject and the book is structured in a way that gives each observation maximum effect. Dr. Zaitz had to put a lot of thought into writing this book; after all, the subject is the president of the U.S.A. I think she did a great job.
Review #7: Review by Ruffina Oserio
Review Rating: 5 Stars
What are the core values of President Donald Trump? What drives him? What motivates him? What is important to him? What would he die for if given the chance? Answers to these and similar questions are provided in The Art of the Steal and readers will be surprised at what they find — except those who have followed Trump closely and with eyes wide open.
The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD is the best humor I have read this year, a book that takes a look at the eccentricities of Trump. The author has done great research and, in a light tone, tells readers that this book is written by Trump’s Id, Aimon Niddy Ott, who came to her in a dream. Besides the lightness in tone and the humorous and satirical nature of the book, the author invites readers to consider the inconsistencies in the life and utterances of the president, to look at his mental health, and to note how his narcissistic behavior drives his foreign policy, his treatment of women, his hatred of the media, his domestic deals, and a lot more. The author has recreated scenes and statements that reflect the mind frame of the President of the United States. The style is an intelligent imitation of Trump’s outbursts on social media and his interactions with the public. Here is a thought that reflects the drama that happens in the White House: “I use my power to get my way. I don’t really care if the people who get in my way get run down.”
In this book, the author uses Ott to expose some of the idiosyncrasies of the President of the United States, covering issues like his admiration for despotic leaders, his racist leanings, his links with questionable characters and groups, and a lot more. This is a skillfully written book and there is no doubt that the author has given it great thought and invested a lot of time in researching it. The Art of the Steal offers readers an interesting image of Trump and allows them to look at his thought processes from very close quarters. At times the author offers some commentaries to highlight a point or to explain a thought. Cynthia Zaitz’s book is a work of utter brilliance, a boisterous read, loaded with humor. At the end of this book I asked myself — shouldn’t Trump be in a mental institution? And if he is leading a nation, are the American people also really sick?
Review #8: Review by Gisela Dixon
Review Rating: 5 Stars
The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD is a political satire on the personality and actions of Donald Trump. The Art of the Steal is written in a part-humorous, part-satirical vein through the “Id” of Trump, who is called as Aimon Niddy Ott. The book is then told mainly through the perspective, thoughts, and mind of this Id, or in other words, Trump himself. Although the words themselves are written by Cynthia, there is a lot of research and fact-finding that has gone into this book because the paragraphs and sections by Aimon—or Trump—are followed by commentary from Cynthia herself that is entirely fact-based. The book covers most of the relevant current topics leading up to and into the Trump presidency, including his personality, his daily habits, his attitude towards taxes and finances, media coverage, the controversy and links to Russia, his views on women, and more. In several places, a font mimicking Trump’s handwriting has been used for effect.
The Art of the Steal is an interesting and thought-provoking book that is quite relevant in today’s times. As Cynthia rightly quotes, to analyze a leader or public servant and his rights as well as wrongs is not only acceptable, but is even to be encouraged in the interests of freedom of expression and diversity of ideas. Although most of the important topics are covered, and so is Trump’s attitude and thoughts towards women in general, I would have liked to see more of an explicit analysis of his overt sexism. That being said, this topic has been addressed in the book with many factual statements and reports. The writing style is fast-paced and irreverent and funny at times. This is an entertaining as well as an educational book that I really enjoyed reading!
Review #9: Review by Viga Boland
Review Rating: 4 Stars
One of the best parts of being a book reviewer is discovering writers who take an original approach to a subject, or in the case of The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD, to a famous person. And what a famous person Zaitz has taken on – none other than current US president Donald Trump, or as she prefers to name him, Aimon Niddy Ott. Take a second to reread that name aloud, and you will know almost immediately what the tone of The Art of the Steal will be. Now, if you’re a Donald Trump fan and supporter, you may be quite offended by this book. Mr. Trump – or, as he prefers, President Trump – most certainly would be. In fact, he wouldn’t like Cynthia Zaitz at all. One can only speculate on the names he would call her on Twitter.
Alternately, those who aren’t Trump fans will thoroughly enjoy recognizing Aimon Ott, i.e. Trump’s, “id” as he praises himself for every little thing, congratulates himself on winning the election, tells us how much he loves money and how much he enjoys relieving others of it through his superior negotiation skills. He will remind you how cleverly he gets everyone working for him, building his golf courses, hotels etc etc, then finds ways out of paying them what he agreed to pay. Expect lots of repetition from Aimon Niddy Ott who confusedly thinks repetition is emphasis, while he mispronounces names and rewrites the dictionary “bigly”. And he’ll remind you, ad nauseum, how much Putin likes him and why he admires Putin. And no look inside Ott’s id would be complete without plenty of asides on how much he loves hot babes and hates fake news! This is a chance for the real President Trump, whose Bible is the teachings of Norman Vincent Peale, to be understood by all those who don’t understand Trump’s truth – that something is true because he believes it’s true and because he is, after all, the President of the US.
In short, if you’re not a Trump fan, prepare yourself for a fun romp through The Art of the Steal, which is full of hyperbole and, at points, is just a bit over the top. But hey, that’s okay. After all, President Trump is, in so many ways, also over the top. The book comes complete with resources and facts for readers to reference so they know she’s not just writing this off the top of her head similar to the way President Trump speaks much of the time. It’s obvious Cynthia Zaitz, PhD and self-appointed memoirist for Donald Trump, has no great love or respect for this celebrity president who landed himself the leading role in the biggest reality show in the country, and who fully expects to see himself forever cut in stone alongside those other presidents on Mount Rushmore. As Zaitz states in her description: “…the book is overwhelmingly irreverent and disrespectful — which seems appropriate in terms of the outrageously irreverent and disrespectful behavior we have seen from the 45th President of the United States.” Touche and bravo!
Review #10: Review by Lesley Jones
Review Rating: 5 Stars
The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD is a hilarious work of fiction based loosely on President Trump from the viewpoint of his Id, Aimon Niddy Ott, a superb creation of the author. We gain an inside perspective of Ott’s delusional thought patterns, and his narcissistic stance. Inspired by his father, and the prosperity principles of pastor Norman Vincent Peale, he believes the most important traits are wealth, respect and closing the deal at any cost. Topics covered include his distaste for living in the White House, Putin and the infamous Wall. He defends his insensitive comments regarding immigrants, women and the ‘Fake News’ of the media. We are constantly reminded that he is very powerful, and is the most popular and successful president of all time. With occasional references by the author and others, including psychologist Peter Collett, Ott’s egotism and self-absorption are as high as Trump Tower. He believes his image will be on Mount Rushmore in the future, and he is worshiped by everyone. The book is a satirical look at the catastrophe that is the 45th President of the United States. Discover if he is, in fact, the best president and orator of all time or a delusional, mentally unstable man.
The Art of the Steal by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD is not only extremely well-written and researched, but really funny. The fact that this book is loosely based on a real person is quite worrying because Ott is the ultimate narcissist, but a great character creation. He is totally separated from reality and cannot see anything wrong in his outlandish behaviour, and crude, thoughtless comments. The illustrations are fantastic too and a perfect complement to the book. The quote from Gartrell and Mosbacher’s book had to be the most worrying regarding national security and describing Trump as a person with serious mental instability. This is a hilarious lampooning of Trump. The nine chapters covered every major event and Ott’s opinion of them, compared to the actual reality, was quite unnerving. The only people he seems to respect are dictators and unscrupulous businessmen. A highly engaging book and the perfect creation of an arrogant, self-absorbed character.