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Fire and Fury Hardcover – 5 Jan 2018
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Michael Wolff has written a book to shake America to its foundations (Guardian)
It is ferociously well-written and pitilessly focused - and it is destined to become the primary account of the first nine months of the Trump presidency (Evening Standard)
[A] brilliant book . . . that promises to do for the Trump presidency what Andrew Morton's 1992 biography of Princess Diana did for the Royal Family (Dominic Midgley Daily Express)
It's difficult to recall the last time any publication has had as big an impact on the news cycle as Fire and Fury, journalist Michael Wolff account of a year inside the Trump White House. It is horrifying, hilarious and hugely readable (Tim Walker Independent i)
[A] devastating expose of the Trump White House . . . it brings it all together in one riveting narrative, with the truth coming directly sourced from the president's own mortified advisers. The emperor's clothes were falling down but now they have vanished (Andrew Sullivan Sunday Times)
With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our timeSee all Product description
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In reality, it is extremely well written and, in my opinion, so thorough and coherent that it conclusively substantiates what many of us had already suspected (or, indeed on occasions, considered to be obvious!).
The apparent lunacy continues as I write this: I can scarcely wait for the sequel.
Forget the idea that this is a book about the ardent American nationalist Steve Bannon. Forget the Robert Mueller inquiry (for now). Forget the obstruction of justice and the treatment of Jeff Sessions. This is a book that is based on the proposition that President Trump is unstable and raises alarms about his fitness for office. Listen to Trump repeat himself over and over, continually obsess about his election victory and take narcissism to levels that only a serial liar can sustain and some will argue that his unfitness for the world's most powerful job has been fully on display since his inauguration. If you read the Washington Post and the New York Times over the past twelve months, the premier league of the so-called liberal elite "fake news establishment", the thesis about Trump's intellectual inability to undertake the role of President is put forward almost daily.
It was also the core of the blistering dissection of Trump by the historian Ken Burns in his 2016 Stanford commencement speech where he argued that "Trump was an insult to American history" and went on to state that he is -
"A person who easily lies, creating an environment where the truth doesn’t seem to matter; who has never demonstrated any interest in anyone or anything but himself and his own enrichment; who insults veterans, threatens a free press, mocks the handicapped, denigrates women, immigrants and all Muslims; a man who took more than a day to remember to disavow a supporter who advocates white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan; an infantile, bullying man who, depending on his mood, is willing to discard old and established alliances, treaties and long-standing relationships".
What Wolff's book does and where its devastating power lies is to confirm that the people around the President recognize this not least his "Kingmaker" Steve Bannon the darling of the Alt-Right. Wolff today has toured the media in the US and has rigorously defended his book and uses the Breitbart news editors judgement as his key justification ‘To quote Bannon: he’s lost it’.
The book itself is not a brilliant volume or an academic work. You can digest in around six hours. It does not stand as a "high calibre" political tome in the way that a heavyweight analyst like Robert Caro has charted on former President Lyndon Johnson in his voluminous biography. In one sense Trump's supporters are right. It is a tabloid production and often sadly lacking. But it is one which Trump brought on himself. Wolff was granted unprecedented access to the White House. As Drew McGary has stated Wolff "did it by sleazily ingratiating himself with the White House, gaining access, hosting weird private dinners, and then taking full advantage of the administration's basic lack of knowledge about how reporting work". Add to this the propensity of his supporters to brag and boast and in essence he has played Trump at his own game. To quote McGary again "at long last, there was a reporter out there willing to toss decorum aside and burn bridges the same way Trump does".
The outcome is not pretty. The same office that was once held by giants like Jefferson, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, and in his own populist way Ronald Reagan is now inhabited by the most superficial person on earth. A man who boasts about the size of his nuclear button, who thinks its fine to grab female anatomy, who lives in a world of alternative facts and has turned America into something that is insular, afraid and increasingly out of touch. Remember Reagan's idealist vision of American democracy as the "Shiny city on the hill"? The 45th President has turned it into a political slum.
I mostly agree with all of Wolff’s statements and opinions. I’m glad someone with mostly concrete information has finally spoken out to the people with evidence of what is going on with Trump. It has shed much needed light on the workings of Trump. Honestly I think if everyone had to read this before voting whether to keep him in office or not, 99% would go anti-Trump. Even if just 10% of the information is true, it would be disastrous.
I devoured the information in the book with an open-mind. Wolff has very carefully and strategically laid out book with all information accurate to this date. Everything is exposed in this book. There are many examples of Trump’s closest friends turning on him publicly which Wolff lists in the book. It is amazing that Trump continues to lead a nation even though many of his peers feel him unfit for office yet are probably to afraid by his power to speak up... until now. Wolff has obviously spent a long time researching for this book and gathering as much information as possible to make this book credible and using his power of access to the White House. That is evident throughout the book.
This book is a must-have for anyone interested in Global politics or anything Trump. This sheds such a light on the going-ons inside Turmps mind. It explains each drastic or important decision made by Trump in detail. You will enjoy seeing a well-researched author share his thoughts will the world and you will most likely be left with questions like, how is Trump the US president? Or how did no one see this before? You will definitely find this an interesting read at the very least.
Content = 9/10
Ease to understand = 9/10
Subject quality = 10/10
Price (Based on 14.55) = 7.5/10
Enjoyment = 10/10
OVERALL = 9/10 (4.5 stars)
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