With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the countryand the worldhas witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.This riveting and explosive account of Trumps administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including:-- What President Trumps staff really thinks of him-- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama-- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired-- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner couldnt be in the same room-- Who is really directing the Trump administrations strategy in the wake of Bannons firing-- What the secret to communicating with Trump is-- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The ProducersNever before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion....
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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Reviews
This book is a pretty good answer to that universal "What the fuck just happened???" question we all asked ourselves in the weeks and months after Trump won the election.
That's because it recounts a LOT of what we already know, with far less deeper insight than I was hoping for.
The other thing that makes me a little wary of this is the way it is written. I'm sorry, but this doesn't really feel like journalism to me. It reads like fiction. Like Wolff was somehow a fly on the wall for every impo ...more
Donald Trump has loudly complained that he would be able to sue the author of Fire and Fury, were it not for the fact that US libel law is so weak. I thought I would look a few things up.
According to the Wikipedia article, libel law is indeed less plaintiff-friendly in the US than in most countries. In particular, truth is an absolute defense, i.e. true statements cannot be defamatory. However, if Fire and Fury does contain false and defamatory statements, it seems to me that Trump would have de ...more
I will have such revenges on you both
That all the world shall—I will do such things—
What they are yet I know not, but they shall be
The terrors of the earth. You think I’ll weep?
No, I’ll not weep.
-King Lear, Act II, Scene IV
Look, forget the myths the media's created about the White House. The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.
-All The Presidents' Men (1976)
In short: this is an internal history of the Trump Administration, as largely told by the former Chief Stra ...more
An ok read but I feel this is a book that has been hugely hyped by the media and certainly not the explosive read it has been labelled.
This book has been described as an explosive and shocking insight into life within the White House since Donald Trump became Presisent of the United States. I wanted to read this book as Ireland has a close and important relationship with America and decisions made in the While House not only affect the United States and its citizens but the rest of the World w ...more
There has been a lot of commentary on this book since it was released, a lot of it about how sloppy the journalism is. Others have said that the book really only mirrors back to us what we already knew about Trump. I have to say that I’m more in the second camp than the first. I raced through this, not because I was expecting any spoilers, most of those were in the papers days before the book was available anyway. I also find it amusing that the person most damaged by the book seems to have been ...more
In her 2004 New Republic profile of Michael Wolff, Michelle Cottle quotes one of his editors as saying: “His great gift is the appearance of intimate access. He is adroit at making the reader think that he has spent hours and days with his subject, when in fact he may have spent no time at all.”
This seems exactly right to me. Wolff is in essence a gossip columnist, obsessed with power and money, delighting in bitchy revelations and amateur—though often devastating—psychological insights, but wit ...more
In the last 18 months, I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession. Although the Brexit referendum means UK politics is serious, the first and last thing I do online most days is check Trump’s Twitter feed, and several US news ones. And I look during the day as well. Even though, or perhaps because I’m familiar with George Lakoff’s Taxonomy of Tweets, I can’t help myself:
Preemptive framing, diversion, deflection, and trial balloon are explained here.
Thus, when I picked up this book, I’d already read ...more
This book was hilarious and terrifying and confirmed pretty much everything most of us have suspected about the incompetence of the Trump administration. If even half of this book is true, well, this presidency is a disaster.
The strangest part of this book is Wolf’s unabashed affection for Steve Bannon. Like, dude, get a room.
Also this book is sloppy and needs to be edited.