Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury

Inside the Trump White House

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff tells the story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump's term as President. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250158062
1250158060
Branch Call Number: 973.933 WOLFF
Characteristics: xiii, 321 pages ; 25 cm

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Controversial, worth the wait, behind-the-scenes details of Trump behaviors in the Oval Office during his first 9 months of the American Presidency.


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JMFreads
Apr 22, 2018

This book was just okay. Nothing really that compelling. Most of the book had been played out in the media all ready. If you want to read this book, go ahead......I would not recommend it as a must-read. I noticed errors in editing immediately and I felt the writing was not very good.

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libertytoday2003
Apr 19, 2018

Not sure what anyone found in this book that had any value whatsoever. Wolff starts of his book with denigration after denigration of anyone who had anything to do with Trump, including Trump. Maybe most of those who made comments don't know how to read political books? But, when a political book starts off with the writer denigrating his subject you know to stop reading the book, let alone buy a bunhc of worthless trash.
Wolff also began by making outlandish statements that Trump and his team knew they were going to lose, and you could just feel the venom come off of Wolff's lips at that stage. Funny thing on election night I said to anyone who would listen "Trump was going to win the election and win it handily" which he did. Wolff obviously was clueless about why Trump was going to win and shows it in how writes about Trump losing. No doubt Wolff was terry eyed when his favourite Hillary did not win. I have a map of Trump's win showing that the Democrats are not only poor losers, but they lied after the election to say she won the popular vote. It was liberal inspired rubbish.
Wolff's book isn't worth reading unless your some kind of whiny liberal. I gave up reading this trash when his denigrating commentary and his accusations, insinuations and allegations just became to much to bear. Hillary's book "What Happened" was something even worse as she says she takes full blame for losing, but then blamed everyone else. Well that's what every narcissist does when they lose, anyway. Her taking full blame was just laughable. Liberalism is where garbage books like these two come from. You can't trust liberals or liberalism to ever tell the truth about anything. We have our own Canadian narcissist leader in Justin Trudeau. Would anyone believe in anything he wrote?

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breemu
Apr 18, 2018

Mostly quite Interesting. Not many surprises but fills in a lot of gaps. Provides solid (and fairly unknown/obscure) background on the various players. Gets a little tedious and/or rambling in places. Full of fairly challenging (and info-packed) lengthy run on sentences (Wolff has an "interesting" writing style). Some editing mistakes (probably because of the rush to publication). A sudden and abrupt ending that doesn't seem apropos to anything (other than Bannon's ousting). But, all in all, definitely worth the read.

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THE_SPOILER
Apr 18, 2018

DOWN WITH THE LEFT WING AND DOWN WITH THE RIGHT WING!
#ALT CENTER

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publicenemy45
Apr 14, 2018

This book is so funny it funnier than Tina Fey book funnier than Amy schummer book and funnier than Amy pholer's book. i definitly had a great time readind this book.

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jayesh1511
Apr 06, 2018

Awesome book. Just shows how fickle and unreliable this person is. Kind of worrisome that most of the hatred and bigotry portrayed in media was not Trump's but was directed by Bannon. Would've been different situation had Trump been little smart and advised by the sensible, rational and fair person

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singasong70
Apr 05, 2018

Definitely worth reading! Reads like a novel almost, holds your interest like nothing I've read in that it's about real people in real time "trying" to run a government they know nothing about! Glad I didn't vote (for either candidate) in this election, (threw away my vote in other words) b/c you may have to live with "it", don't have to VOTE for it!

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T_Hert
Apr 02, 2018

It's about Steve Bannon as much as it's about Trump. The whole book should be taken with a grain or two of salt but it offers some insights into some of the less outspoken members of the Trump team.

KevinELPL Mar 31, 2018

Like a lot of people, I struggled with the early portions of this book. One of my biggest problems is that the author never lists his sources or cites any reference material, so there's no way to determine the veracity of his claims.
However, once I got a few chapters in, I noticed that all of Wolff's scenes included the same person - Steve Bannon. The book itself starts right when Bannon joins the Trump campaign, and ends right when Bannon leaves. When "Fire and Fury" was released, Trump was extremely critical of Wolff, but he also took number of shots at Bannon (one tweet read "Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!” Trump even threatened to sue both Bannon and Wolff. Shortly after the book was released, Bannon was fired from Breitbart news, and the Wolff blames himself for Bannon's firing.
So, the further I got into this book, the more I began to read it as a thinly veiled firsthand account of Steve Bannon's tenure with Trump. As Bannon was personally present for many of the events that may become critical parts of the Trump presidency (like the meeting aboard Air Force One in July of 2017), reading his version of the story became more compelling. It's up to the reader to decide whether to believe Bannon (and Wolff) or not, but I thought it made for an interesting read.

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PearlyKayAm1
Mar 31, 2018

The book was interesting, but very hard to read. Some of the run-on sentences extended over 6 lines and I had to re-read many of them to discern the point he was trying to make. Occasionally, a run-on sentence would miss having a point. Despite having an excellent vocabulary, I frequently had to look up words and phrases. The editing was poor, as though the book was rushed into publication. There were minimal typo's and some either missing or typed-twice-in-a-row words.

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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.”

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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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