Fear

Fear

Trump in the White House

Book - 2018 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501175510
1501175513
Branch Call Number: 973.933 WOODWAR
Characteristics: xxii, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Trump in the White House

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darriellebooks
Mar 18, 2019

Despite the fact I felt we’d heard most of this already through media and Woodward’s interview sessions, I was left with 3 conclusions: the USA is being governed by an incompetent, irrational leader - we know this part but did we know how illogical and devious the people he is surrounded by truly are? Second - the White House staff believe the public at large is easily fooled. Third, the damage that Trump’s views and actions have inflicted globally and domestically will have negative impact for many, many years. Apart from enduring the profanity I thought Woodward’s book was well written and allows the reader to draw their conclusions about ‘the circus that is the White House’.

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CarleeMcDot
Feb 28, 2019

I grabbed this from the library when I was waiting for the Michelle Obama book to become available. I had very little knowledge about the book prior to grabbing it (wasn't sure if it was "pro" Trump or "anti" Trump), but since it was available and I still had a couple weeks before the other book was up for grabs I decided I'd try this one. I am going to keep my own personal politics out of this review (or at least give it my best attempt at doing so), but to say this book was interesting would be an understatement. I would not call myself an uber political person (don't get me wrong, I vote in all elections and try to stay up-to-date on platforms that interest or impact me, but I don't know a ton of what goes on in the day-to-day politics), and with all of the slander and disgust in today's media I try to keep my nose out of it for the most part. This book was very eye opening because it was sort of a look behind the curtain (and behind the curtain while the President is still in office). I was flabbergasted at not only some of the actions of the President but also people around him (some have gone as far as to take memos of the President's desk to keep him from signing them). I wouldn't say that this book changed my view of President Trump, but it was very eye opening to some of his behaviors (even more so than the media has been). I'll be honest, I had a hard time following some of the key players (especially since they changed so frequently and the book jumped around a bit), but that doesn't mean that at the end of the book I still wasn't left shaking my head and wondering what's coming in the remaining time President Trump is in the White House. I would give it a 7 out of 10 (but know going in it isn't an easy read).

When nixon was the common enemy of the liberals who wanted to stop 'the american war' (what the vietnamese call what we have called 'vietnam' ,or, 'the vietnam war), woodward could do no wrong. he represented as a clarion of Truth. Now, however, he seems beholden to the deep state. Was there a 'deep state' back in Nixon's days as President? It seems to me a phenomenon so powerful must have been beneath the surface for a long, long, time--certainly that long ago. Hollywood made a decent film about Woodward and Bernstein in their halcyon days, getting Nixon out of office. Its name was ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN. It starred Redford and Hoffman as woodward and bernstein, in the lead roles, and they had a mysterious source within the Administration (as did the real life woodward and bernstein) nicknamed, Deep Throat (no relation to the influential porn film also of those days). Seeing as Woodward appears to be in denial of the Deep State, i think he is wasting his time writing a book about Trump. (better he should write one about the deep state). I suppose it is a bestseller; $!

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Bookworm1562
Feb 20, 2019

There will come a time when President Trump’s full story will be known. People will say we should have known. Those who have read this book will not be surprised. Play those cards well Mueller.

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Liselara
Feb 18, 2019

For me, this felt like a succession of notes that were cut and pasted into a manuscript and then called a book. I found it hard to follow and disjointed. I expected some type of deep insight from Woodward and except for confirming that Robert Mueller was a peacock larger than Trump, I found nothing revealing. Don't waste any money buying this book.

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Bududo
Feb 16, 2019

This is a must read for the American electorate. The picture of Mr Trump comes across as unfortunately not growing into the job and not putting the effort to grow into the job. He seems to be mesmerized by nightly news reports although he access to much better information for the government briefing but doesn't seem to spend the time. Despite all the best advice from his staff, Mr. Trump is very proud of and determined to express ill considered thoughts via tweets. It is shocking that he treats senior appointees and staff so harshly. It is clear that he is so self centered that he is oblivious of other people's feelings and perspectives. The one element that is heartening is that some of Mr. Trump's appointees and staff are very dedicated and make the effort to serve the country as best they can despite the trying circumstances imposed by Mr. Trump. There are a number of advisers who seem to be frankly not in the national interest and result in adding noise and confusion in the administration.

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csaava
Feb 07, 2019

It wasn't all I was expecting but enjoyable. No new surprises. Still good read !

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toddhansen1
Jan 31, 2019

First half of this book made Trump out to be presidential. The second half lambasted him pretty good with barbs from his inner circle. Overall an enjoyable read

mlgonzo36 Jan 23, 2019

Bob Woodward has done an excellent job! I go back and reread some items just to keep my thoughts in perspective as this period in our nation has not ended.

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altybiz
Jan 19, 2019

I was surprised and pleased with how simply and clearly Bob Woodward writes. Maybe it comes from a long life of journalism? I have followed Trump very closely so far, and although it's true that I was familiar with nearly everything that was said, it helped me to see who in fact had said things about trump or others, where I could count on Woodward using direct quotes or attributions. I believe Woodward has written the truth. Got a few more behind-the-scenes dialogues and history which was interesting. But I SO want this story to end with Trump, top Republicans, and most of Trump family in jail for a very long time. The arrogance of all these people has been stomach-churning.

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cknightkc
Nov 28, 2018

“They were trying to make policy on a string of one-sentence cliches.” - p. 127

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cknightkc
Nov 28, 2018

“Trump gave some private advice to a friend who had acknowledged some bad behavior toward women. Real power is fear. It’s all about strength. Never show weakness. You’ve always got to be strong. Don’t be bullied. There is no choice.” - p. 175

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dirtbag
Oct 06, 2018

But the president summed up his position on almost everything in an interview with The New York Times. " I'm always moving. I'm moving in both directions." pg 280.

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dirtbag
Oct 06, 2018

Trump was determined to impose steel tariffs. "Look," Trump said, " we'll try it. If it doesn't work, we'll undo it." "Mr. President," Cohn said, " that's not what you do with the U.S. economy."
pg 274.

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jimg2000
Sep 22, 2018

Throughout the book, Trump was quoted with numerous denigrating comments directed to White House staffs, Intelligence communities, Foreign leaders, political leaders etc. However, only a few inside the White House were named in the book who dared to go against Trump.
Below are the ONLY insiders who allegedly called Trump either moron or such:
Tillerson (moron), Mattis (sixth-grader) and Kelly (idiot.)
Below are the ONLY insiders who allegedly called Trump liar:
Cohn (liar), Dowd (thought so but did not say out loud.)
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Trump believed the building conflict between the U.S. and North Korea was a contest of wills. “This is all about leader versus leader. Man versus man. Me versus Kim.”

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jimg2000
Sep 22, 2018

Porter told an associate, “A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really dangerous ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren’t such good ideas.”
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Kellyanne Conway became Trump’s campaign manager in August 2016 and coined the phrase “the hidden Trump voter. . . . There’s not a single hidden Hillary voter in the entire country. They’re all out and about.”
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R. McMaster, Trump’s second national security adviser, considered Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson “the team of two” and found himself outside their orbit. He believed Mattis and Tillerson had concluded that the president and the White House were crazy. They sought to implement and even formulate policy on their own without interference or involvement from McMaster, let alone the president. “It is more loyal to the president,” McMaster said, “to try to persuade rather than circumvent.”

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jimg2000
Sep 17, 2018

90 quotes in goodreads already as of 12:20pm today. Suspect that most if not all the best ones are already included. However, it is important to add the author's "Note to Readers" which is not in goodreads yet:

Interviews for this book were conducted under the journalist ground rule of “deep background.” This means that all the information could be used but I would not say who provided it. The book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses to these events. Nearly all allowed me to tape-record our interviews so the story could be told with more precision. When I have attributed exact quotations, thoughts or conclusions to the participants, that information comes from the person, a colleague with direct knowledge, or from meeting notes, personal diaries, files and government or personal documents. President Trump declined to be interviewed for this book.

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jimg2000
Sep 17, 2018

Here are a few not in goodreads yet... I checked:

Hope Hicks served as Trump’s press secretary during the campaign and became White House strategic communications director. Like many others, she tried and failed to rein in the president’s tweeting. “It’s not politically helpful,” she told Trump. “You can’t just be a loose cannon on Twitter. You’re getting killed by a lot of this stuff. You’re shooting yourself in the foot. You’re making big mistakes.”
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White House counsel Don McGahn wanted the president to assert executive privilege in the Mueller investigation and resist handing over documents. Trump’s lawyer John Dowd disagreed and cooperated with Mueller in order to speed up the investigation. “We’d get a hell of a lot more with honey than we would with vinegar.”

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jimg2000
Sep 17, 2018

This gem is not in goodreads but should be:

Ivanka Trump, the president’s 36-year-old daughter, was a senior White House adviser whose influence with her father was resented and resisted by others in the White House. Chief strategist Steve Bannon got into a screaming match with her. “You’re a goddamn staffer!” Bannon yelled. “You’re nothing but a f---ing staffer! You walk around this place and act like you’re in charge, and you’re not. You’re on staff!” Ivanka shouted back, “I’m not a staffer! I’ll never be a staffer. I’m the first daughter.”
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National Economic Council Chairman Gary Cohn formed an alliance with Staff Secretary Rob Porter and at times Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to curb some of Trump’s most dangerous impulses. “It’s not what we did for the country,” Cohn said. “It’s what we saved him from doing.”

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