Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury

Inside the Trump White House

Large Print - 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. Among the revelations : What President Trump's 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 Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers. Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion" -- Book jacket.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432852047
Characteristics: 585 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Oct 21, 2020

There were parts of this book where the author let the characters speak for themselves; I read these parts with delight and couldn't put the book down. In other parts of the book the author relied on expository writing to provide background for a character of situation; for these parts, i gritted my teeth and slogged through, often not retaining a lot.

Feb 18, 2020

Bottom line- Trump is a criminal

Feb 06, 2020

A good read. Covers many of the Trump firings of staff and cabinet. Covers how survivors remain loyal to (or afraid of) Trump, and author does his best to explain Trump's bizarre behavior and wild distortions of the truth. My conclusion after- Trumpism is sort of like Scientology. Staff fired by Trump are scared to tell the truth.

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.

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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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