- 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: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 565 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,804 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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Wolff tells the story or a Trump White House as divided as the nation itself. On the right there is Steve Bannon and the Breitbart faction. In the middle is Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, representing the GOP establishment, and on the left, the president's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jarred Kushner (dubbed "Jarvanka" by Bannon, a term adopted by Wolff.) Wolff describes the power struggle between the three factions, and the mercurial president who is at times dismissive and mocking of all sides. He describes the evolution of the disorganized organizational dynamics during the first year of Trump's presidency, including the controversial dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, the investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russians intent on assisting the campaign, and Trump's troubling agitation of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
Wolff's portrayal of the Trump himself is a deeply troubling portrait of a megalomaniac intent on making sure that no one else gets too much attention or credit, who hates reading, who constantly mocks his staff in front and behind their backs, who chooses the wrong advisors and doesn't take their advice any how, and who has an unrealistic understanding of his constitutional authority.
Wolff's epilogue is especially interesting, containing Bannon's predictions for the future of the Trump presidency (giving his odds for impeachment, resignation or survival), and the future of the alt-right in 2020.
Should you read this book? That depends on where you are on the political spectrum. Trump haters will love this book. Trump supporters will see it as a political hatchet job. If you're looking for objective contemporary history, it's more likely that Wolff is closer to a Kitty Kelly than a Bob Woodward. We live in a time when it's becoming harder and harder to tell what's real and what's "fake news", but Wolff seems to have an impressive array of sources. The book is a product of its times. Those who relish this kind of thing will love it. Those who can do without hearing about Machiavellian political infighting should give it a miss.
Wolff’s eloquent dozen-words-long sentences paint a precise picture of what’s going on, complete with all the nuances. Though I can’t attest that everything he said is 100% true, I believe very little embellishment was involved. You just can’t make up stuff more bizarre that what’s happening in real life. Like Sean Spicer said recently, “Take what you’ve heard and magnify it 50x.” My only regret is that the book ends just before the downfall of Steve Bannon. I sure hope there is a sequel!
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