Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury

Inside the Trump White House

Book - 2018
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"The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous--and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250158062
Branch Call Number: 973.933 TRUMP WOLFF
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Inside the trump white house
Notes: Includes index


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Aug 25, 2019

Interesting subject matter, but the book is surprisingly poorly written for a journalist with his CV. It was riddled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. He doesn’t cite his sources, and writes in run on sentences a journalism 101 student could have caught. Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” was better.

Aug 17, 2019

Far more interesting than I expected. This book at over 300 pages covers only the first 9 months of the Trump Administration. You would think this would be too narrow and too short a time frame to write an interesting book that long. But it certainly is not.

The Trump Administration has provided more drama, more grotesque moments, and has churned through more cabinet members in 9 months than Administrations have over two terms. On every other page you read about events that make Watergate feel immaterial on a national or international scale relative to what Trump does or tweets daily. And, Michael Wolff goes to town with that stuff in a very proficient and entertaining way.

One of the main themes I got through the book includes the mutual hatred of three clans.

The first clan is the family including Jared and Ivanka Kushner, who pretty much rule. Family comes first. They are super ambitious, controlling, micromanaging, and they essentially prevent any senior cabinet members from fulfilling their mandated functions whether they are Secretary of State (Jared does that) or Chief of Staff (Jared and Ivanka tell them what to do, and they have the ear of the President meanwhile they do not). As result, the President deems the “officials” incompetent and routinely fires them. Trump thinks he is still running “The Apprentice.” “Jaranka” have a veneer of civilization as they position themselves as centrists. On many counts, they are Democrats. And, their value system clashes big time with Trumpism, Populism, and Bannonism.

The second clan consists of the Bannonites headed by Steve Bannon. They are fiery. They disdain the family. Bannon broadcasts the most damaging actions Jaranka ordered. Obviously, Bannon is to the far alt-Right. His belligerence towards the family was unsustainable. After nine months, he resigns. And, is now on a mission to lead Trumpism without Trump. He is certain Trump will not make it to a second term. He is actually intelligent, and makes a lot of good calls. Back in January of 2016 he stated that we are in a Cold War with China. By now, the China-Cold War concept has become well established

The third clan consists of the real cabinet members. They are the ones preempted by Jaranka and bullied, by Bannon. The President does not listen to them, sees them; he just fires them. They often plan their future like someone coming out of jail. They are concerned they will be damaged goods (guilty by association with Trump) if they stay on too long.

With this three clans clashing, Trump lives in ongoing chaotic tension. He believes he is surrounded by incompetents (except for Jaranka). He does not listen to anyone except the family. And, insults and fires anybody at will. His skills in decision making and critical thinking are absent to a frightening degree. Maybe we should have a cognitive and behavioral skill based examination for Presidential candidate.

Trump is an ode to the resilience of the US institutions. You would never know it from the Media, but the US is doing well. At the time of this writing the US is undergoing the longest economic expansion. Unemployment rate is at an all time low. Inflation is low. So far, the Trump Administration has not left any negative footprint on the US economic record.

Aug 05, 2019

I tried reading this and get so tired of how mentally challenged this president is. Sad he leads such a big country. If these stories are true, I genuinely feel bad for Americans who can get behind a person who is illiterate and unable to properly speak the English language.

May 27, 2019

This is a great book to understand how Trump made his way to the White House without having any experience! Even if half the stories are true, it explains a lot of how the system allowed it to happen. This also explains that most Americans never learned how the government was designed to function! The multi-tiered system is foreign to Trump's thinking..

May 16, 2019

It's time that the fire be put out and this furious fool be removed from office. Impeachment now. Please don't delay further congress for the sake of the country and world and future generations act now.

May 11, 2019

Just finished this, and juxtaposed against the Mueller report, you can’t make this stuff up. Most of the actors left the WH and its any wonder people want to work there. Such a bad 2 years of a presidency with this book and the subsequent months post-Bannon till 2019.

Apr 03, 2019

It's like Vanity Fair on steroids - most striking is the description of Hope Hicks and leaves you wondering how in the world did she ever get the White House position.

Nov 29, 2018

Behold the worst president in the history of our country. It's no mystery why he casts such a profound spell over the poorly-educated, the barely employed, the financially desperate, and congenitally gullible.

Oct 23, 2018

This is one of the worst books I have ever read.

Poor Journalism, many points made have now proven to be lies. I also question HOW and WHY the Ottawa library purchased over 100 copies of this book. I believe it is due to political bias. I believe all decisions for purchases should be non-political.

The only thing I can say positive is I am happy I did not pay good money to purchase this book.

Oct 23, 2018

helps explain all the crazy conflicting media stories in early days of the totally unexpected
trump win. absolutely laugh out loud funny absurdity of a completely inexperienced crew trying to establish a presidency they had no real expectation of winning

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Jan 21, 2018

Illustrated by this quote, don't believe everything you hear, read and sometimes see (Part 1 of 2):
“Do you condemn the actions of neo-Nazis? Do you condemn the actions of white supremacists?”

Some ninety minutes later he stood in the Diplomatic Reception Room, his eyes locked on to the teleprompter, and delivered a six-minute statement. Before getting to the point: “Our economy is now strong. The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is at a sixteen-year low, and businesses are more optimistic than ever before. Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them. We have already created over one million jobs since I took office.”

Jan 21, 2018

Illustrated by this quote, don't believe everything you hear, read and sometimes see (Part 2 of 2):

And only then: “We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. . . . We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans. . . . Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

It was a reluctant mini-grovel. It was something of a restaging of the take-it-back birther speech about Obama during the campaign: much distraction and obfuscation, then a mumbled acknowledgment.


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