- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Sept. 11 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501175513
- ISBN-13: 978-1501175510
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fear: Trump in the White House Hardcover – Sep 11 2018
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“A harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency . . . Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump’s national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders.”—Phillip Rucker and Robert Costa, The Washington Post
“A damning picture of the current presidency.”—David Martin, CBS News
“An unprecedented inside-the-room look through the eyes of the President's inner circle. . . . stunning.”—CNN
“A devastating reported account of the Trump Presidency that will be consulted as a first draft of the grim history it portrays . . . What Woodward has written is not just the story of a deeply flawed President but also, finally, an account of what those surrounding him have chosen to do about it.”—Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker
“In an age of ‘alternative facts’ and corrosive tweets about ‘fake news,’ Woodward is truth’s gold standard. . . . explosive . . . devastating . . . jaw-dropping.”—Jill Abramson, The Washington Post
“Woodward's latest book shows the administration is broken, and yet what comes next could be even worse.”—David A. Graham, The Atlantic
“[Woodward] is the master and I'd trust him over politicians of either party any day of the week.”—Peter Baker
“Woodward . . . depicts the Trump White House as a byzantine, treacherous, often out-of-control operation . . . Mr. Woodward’s book has unsettled the administration and the president in part because it is clear that the author has spoken with so many current and former officials.”—Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman, New York Times
“The more heartening message from FEAR is that we still have institutions and individuals, including Bob Woodward, who will continue checking the most destructive instincts of Donald Trump.”—Joe Scarborough
“You can trust that Woodward has gone to inordinate lengths to get to the best obtainable version of the truth.”—Mike Allen, Axios
“I wonder how many journalists have arrived in Washington over the years dreaming of becoming the next Bob Woodward . . . Though his books are often sensational, he is the opposite of sensationalist. He’s diligent, rigorous, fastidious about the facts, and studiously ethical. There’s something almost monastic about his method . . . He’s Washington's chronicler in chief.”—Nick Bryant, BBC
“No, Bob Woodward is not a Democratic operative. He’s a highly respected journalist who has a track record of writing meticulously detailed books about presidents with an uncanny knack for getting behind-the-scenes details.”—POLITICO Playbook
“He’s got tapes. That’s what the Trump White House really did not understand until today, if they understand it even now.”—Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC
“I think you’ve always been fair.”—President Donald J. Trump, in a call to Bob Woodward, August 14, 2018
About the Author
Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-seven years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored eighteen books, all of which have been national nonfiction bestsellers. Twelve of those have been #1 national bestsellers.
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Woodward provides ample evidence of Trump as a unstable, fickle idiot savant of self-marketing who lurches (or is sometimes catapulted) from one mess to another, with all manner of distractions used to divert media attention. Most every member of his Machiavellian campaign team and cabinet is shown in an unflattering light as well (with the exception of Mattis, Kelly and Gary Cohn).
The content is ‘kompromat’ worse than anything the Russians might have dredged up (think ‘pee-pee tape’), because it is detailed confirmation of an inept, unstable, self-cannibalizing and vulnerable White House.
None of this comes as any surprise to anyone following the news since November, 2016, but the value added by this book is the level of detail provided, along with interesting background information on the policy challenges and machinations faced by the new administration. Woodward provides an unsavory view of it all.
What pleasantly surprised me about the book was its fairness and relative balance. It is objective and it sets out facts. Woodward rarely opines, though he did make justifiable reference to some of Obama’s own policy failings as a backdrop to what Trump took over, such as Obama’s mishandling of serious North Korean threats during his own terms in office. But none of this serves to excuse or cover for Trump's own execrable actions.
As I write this, I’ve just finished reading the Kindle version. Amazon Canada had committed to deliver the hard copy on September 11th but failed to do so, leaving me and, I’m sure, many others, to have to cancel their hardcover orders and switch over to ordering digital copies at the last minute. Not happy about that. I wanted to read this first in hard copy.
No regrets on the purchase, though I find one major thing unsettling about this book: the lengthy chunks of directly quoted banter, conversations and discussion during very private meetings, including those with Trump. How did Woodward come to obtain those direct quotes, some of those from casual insider meetings? Anything in quotes should be assumed to be a recorded transcript of something... and yet, it’s hard to fathom that ALL of this dialogue might have been secretly recorded, because the style of writing in 'Fear' is almost like fiction, with pages and pages of quoted dialogue between the characters. This is off-putting and distracting to me.
In spite of this, I choose to take it on faith that this book is credible because of its author. This book is as close to the truth as anything’s going to be.
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