I read ‘Women Who Work’ so you don’t have to.
Ivanka’s ‘successful businesswoman’ reputation is kind of a sham.
If you are a woman who works — or know one with a graduation or a promotion or a birthday coming up — save your money.
The Trump family’s rapacious worldview is in its full glory in this clip job of a so-called monograph; Ivanka (or whoever ‘architected’ this sugar- fat- and gluten-free life manual) takes the subhead ‘Rewriting the Rules for Success’ to an absurdly literal level.
The book is not written so much as it is aggregated – borrowed so heavily from certain individual sources that she ought to owe royalties to Sheryl Sandberg and the estate of Stephen Covey – not that they’re any more likely to collect now that her office is in the West Wing instead of Trump Tower.
What else is the intellectual work of others but ‘content’ for ‘Ivanka’ to ‘curate’ (‘wordsmith’ even!) for her own profit?
Ivanka is not an original thinker; this is not news.
So it comes as little surprise that she is not a gifted — or even passably average for her genre — writer either.
In her NPR review Annalisa Quinn aptly likens reading the book to ‘eating scented cotton balls’.