Books: The Art of the Boast

TRUMP: SURVIVING AT THE TOP by Donald J. Trump with Charles Leerhsen

Random House; 236 pages; $21.95

Inside every fat ego there must be a thin, self-revealing book struggling to get out. Why else would Random House have given a large pile of money to a self-promoting, vulgar real estate developer to recount how great it is to be him? His first book had a slight story line. No one wheedled bigger loans or built gaudier buildings on a shoeshine and a smirk than the swaggering kid from Queens.

But the sequel, written with Newsweek senior writer Charles Leerhsen, coming as...