- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (Jan. 5 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250158060
- ISBN-13: 978-1250158062
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 481 g
- Average Customer Review: 469 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Hardcover – Jan 5 2018
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#1 New York Times Bestseller
"What makes Fire and Fury important is that it is not just about Trump, but a product of the same culture that produced Trump: It is 'reality' journalism, in the same way that Trump is a 'reality' character." ―The Atlantic
"It is not a book. It is the book. If there is only one book Washington political reporters will read this year...then this is it.... [Wolff] is a wicked stylist and keen observer, with a justly earned reputation for approaching his subjects with fangs bared and talons sharpened.... A perfect karmic delivery system."―The Weekly Standard
"The pages of Wolff’s book are littered with insults and intrigue, backstabbing and dysfunction."―The Washington Post
"To the many ironies of Donald Trump’s presidency can be added the fact that a man who does not read books has helped cause a publishing sensation.... Mr Wolff’s muckraking skills, cattiness, cynicism and feel for human weakness, especially among the rich and famous, make him well-qualified for the job."―The Economist
"An undeniably juicy chronicle of a presidential administration that in just one year has been beset by numerous scandals and crises.... [Wolff] gives the reader a you-are-there sense of events without resorting to an unneeded dramatic writing style." ―The San Francisco Chronicle
"Wolff’s lasting achievement here is not his headline-grabbing revelations but the skillful, enthralling, and utterly terrifying way he depicts the unqualified, unprepared, and downright unusual characters to be found wandering the halls of the White House in the first half of 2017 as well as their near bloodsport-level conflicts." ―Entertainment Weekly
"What makes the book significant is its sly, hilarious portrait of a hollow man, into the black hole of whose needy, greedy ego the whole world has virtually vanished."―The Guardian
"The White House has naturally denied and decried Wolff's account, but even if it's only halfway accurate, it presents an appalling view of a frighteningly unqualified and unprepared gang that can't think straight."―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Michael Wolff has received numerous awards for his work, including two National Magazine Awards. He has been a regular columnist for Vanity Fair, New York, The Hollywood Reporter, British GQ, USA Today, and The Guardian. He is the author of six prior books, including the bestselling Burn Rate and The Man Who Owns the News. He lives in Manhattan and has four children.
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Within the first few chapters you get startling insights into the mental frameworks of the most high profile individuals leading up the campaign. Trump, Kushner, Ivanka, Melania, Bannon, and Kelly. Contrasted with outsiders like Ailes and Murdoch, it's a great opening for the book.
I will admit though, a vague understanding of the book overall can be obtained on the internet and through news publications, but the book offers unique insights from first hand accounts and sources that haven't spoken on record publically. Reading this, you will get "the whole picture" wether or not you have been following TRUMP.
The rest of the book begins to focus on Bannon, CPAC, Media, more Bannon, his personal life, Russia, org chart shake downs in the White House, Goldman, the Wire Tap, Repeal and Replace, Comey (FBI Guy), Scaramucci.
I am a little more than halfway and previewed/skimmed the entire book before reading. A definite read for these times!
I was quite put off with Wolff's style. Long sentences peppered with commas, dependent clauses and phrases, create a maze that the reader must unravel to excavate the main idea. I counted 60 words in one sentence that for its length failed to pack a memorable whallop. I'm glad I had my copy on Kindle with its instantly accessed dictionary. I would never have bothered looking up the little used vocabulary the author hoped would impress us. Writers learn that fancy words not normally used rarely indicate surperiority or clarity of ideas.
For all of that, the book did ring alarms about to the convoluted shenanigans and tug of war in the White House. At times I felt almost sympathetic to our hapless hero -- Trump. Poor man. Didn't expect to win? Didn't prepare a game plan? If he weren't president of the USA, he'd be a pathetic footnote in the 21st century. Unfortunately he might leave a bigger footprint than that.
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