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Fear: Trump in the White House

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Simon & Schuster
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Deb M. It is quite evident you have never read a Bob Woodward book. Woodward is the master when it comes to writing about the goings on in the White House.…moreIt is quite evident you have never read a Bob Woodward book. Woodward is the master when it comes to writing about the goings on in the White House. He began as an investigative journalist and has written 18 books about American politics. You might want to check out Woodward's credentials before writing this book off.(less)

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Betsy Robinson
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About a quarter of the way through this comprehensive history of everything leading up to the election of Trump and all the current events, Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs who is the president’s top economic advisor, attempts to explain our economy to Trump. He brings him copious research and data and finally makes it as simple as possible by asking: which would you choose—to go into a mine and get black lung or to make the same salary doing something else? He is attempting to i ...more
Will Byrnes
…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Inaugural address – March 4, 1933
Real power is—I don’t even want to use the word—fear. - Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump in an interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on March 31, 2016
FDR was correct. The fear that gripped the nation in the Great Depression may have had a basis in reality, but acceding to that fear could have hindered any attempts to make the dire economic situation better. Would Roosevelt f
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s Bob Woodward. How do you think Trumpworld will react? Woodward is methodical, precise, and willing to hold anyone to account, regardless of political stripe.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
“Cohn realised that Trump had gone bankrupt six times and seemed not to mind. Bankruptcy was just another business strategy. Walk away, threaten to blow up the deal. Real power is fear.”
Donald Trump is probably the most divisive President in US history and has created a polarised nation between those believing he is honestly and strategically playing a role to achieve gains for the US, and those who think he’s destructive, stumbling from one, sometimes self-imposed, incident to a
Michael Ferro
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unlike FIRE AND FURY, Bob Woodward's work is backed by the validity of two Pulitzer prizes and numerous accolades for his inscrutable reporting. One of the key men responsible for helping to shed a light on (and bring down) Nixon and his atrocities, I can think of few other journalists who are needed more in our modern political realm than Woodward.

That said, FEAR scared the shit out of me. Move over, Stephen King, Bob Woodward has written the most terrifying book in years. Never has it been so
Okay, you motherfuckers and fatherfuckers - who of you has enough hairy balls and hairy pussies to buddy or group read Fear with me, starting 11 of September? According to my friend-list, there is 331 potentials to be brave enough to accept the challenge.

As many know, I am pretty neutral when comes to Trump. I just do not posses strong feelings towards him, and it does not cause much discomfort for me when discussing of him (even sometimes I def want to run into my safe space when the hysterics
Bill  Kerwin
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it

The thing you should know about Woodward and Bernstein is that Woodward was never much of a writer. No, Bernstein, he was the writer. Choosing the right word, arranging the facts in a persuasive array, concluding with a rhetorical flourish: these are contributions Bernstein made that gave the work of Bernward and Woodstein its sophistication, its polish.

Of course, Bernstein was a heck of a reporter too, but the two of them were different. Bernstein was mercurial and intuitive; Woodward was indef
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
If Bob Woodward's latest book doesn't put a little fear in your heart, then you're not paying attention.

I'm a Watergate kid. I grew up with the Watergate hearings on our television - along with Vietnam, of course - every single day. We knew who John and Mo were and Senator Sam and the entire mesmerizing, horrifying bunch. But the pair we knew best were Woodward and Bernstein. To me, they were heroes who met in dark alleys to get the scoop and had the power to bring down the president! Of course
Sep 04, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i am going to read the hell out of this book (as soon as it is beamed to my kindle).
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
I have to say, I'd enjoyed Michael Wolff's book much more than this one. Simply because it was so much easier for me to indulge in Wolff's narrative of chaos and stupidity.

What Woodward's serves up here is harder for me to accept. The gist? The president gets what he wants and has plenty of enablers and supporters who will make any of his wants come true. I don't know how others see it, but it's clear to me the real pushback Trump ever got had to do with tariffs and South Korea. Yeah, his staff
I don’t read many non-fiction books, and almost never politics, let alone foreign politics. But more than two years of slavishly, horrifiedly(!) following a spectrum of US news sites and tweeters has changed that.

First, I read and reviewed Fire and Fury (my review HERE), as one of the early headline-grabbing books of Trump’s regime.

Then, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (my review HERE), as it was refreshingly fun, and with a good, positive message.

Next up was The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A S
Michael Burnam-Fink
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
Fear is the establishment's answer to Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. Where Wolff is a gossip rag arsonist who relied heavily on Steve Bannon's version of events, Bob Woodward is, well, he's Woodward. He took down Nixon and written books on every subsequent president. Fear relies on hundreds of hours of transcribed interviews on deep background, and reading between the lines its easy to huess his sources are mostly "responsible adults" who have left the administration: Priebus, Porter, Cohn, Till ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Since All the President's Men there really hasn't been a Woodward book I've enjoyed. I once owned a bunch of his Clinton, Bush books, but I found them obnoxious and DC proximity porn. While I think some of the information gleaned by Woodward for this book is worth the proximity porn, I still don't like his style. I'm also not a fan of the actual writing of this book. It doesn't flow.

Does it convince me more that Trump is a danger, an idiot, self-absorbed, reckless, without a moral compass, lack
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally Goodreads members review a book using non-conventional criteria to protest bad behavior by the author on the site, or to protest the author or the author’s subject. One star because they hate the author or their subject. Five stars because they love the author or their subject.

My review is not that kind of review. Otherwise stated, my rating should not be conflated with an endorsement for or a demonstration against Woodward or Trump.

Instead, this is simply a book review.

Reading t
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“Can you come with me up to New York?”
“For what?”
“To see Donald Trump.”
“What about?”
“He’s thinking of running for president.”
“Of what country?”

If you have ever bothered tuning in to the fake news, or read any failing publication or interacted with another human being in the past few years at all, nothing contained within the bindings of Fear will be new to you. I’m not a “let’s talk politics” on social media type of person and I’ve a
Michael Perkins
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am not a Trump defender. Quite the opposite. But this story is better suited as a Philip K. Dick novel come to life, that would truly capture the insanity of what's happening. I have written some of that story below. But first a word about the puzzling Woodward book. A missed opportunity.....

This book is a failure. It started out promising, but drops like a lead balloon about 25% in. After that, he has very long chapters on topics that anyone who is keeping up with what’s going on in the U.S.
This was extremely readable. I listened to this on audio yesterday. It was interesting enough to hold my interest all day. I briefly paused, started a new book I also like but in the end returned to listening to this and finished it.
This isn't my first book on the 2016 Election, chump's campaign or presidency. I've read: Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Mewman, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hacks by Donna Brazile, and Unbelievable by Katy Tur. Most of the
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
more dirt on the dirtiest creep to ever occupy the whitehouse... thank you bob!!!


rofl, lol, lmfao, hahahahahahahahahaha, etc....

say it with me - "coup d'état! coup d'état! coup d'état!"


it's gotta be John Kelly


early reviews of the book are... good?
Nadine Jones
I had zero interest in this book until POTUS started a tweetstorm about it last night. Well, now I HAVE to read it. Do you ever wonder if that's actually his goal? Maybe Trump is the Master of reverse psychology. Maybe he hates the Republican Party. Maybe he was actually tired of the USA dominating the world stage and decided to bring it down by exploding from within ...

**** UPDATE (now that I've actually read the book):

The reality was that the United States in 2017 was tethered to the words an
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Most of the interesting bits of this book have already been revealed in news stories. The book confirms that Trump is a dumb, ignorant, narcissistic, arrogant and mean liar. We already knew that, but his followers don't seem to care. I doubt that this book will help much. When you populate each branch of the government with people who lack integrity, compassion and decency, the checks and balances system won't work. However, at least this author has better credentials and more credibility than o ...more
Sep 30, 2018 added it
I'm not finished. I'm coming back to it. But for the moment, I hate this narcissistic sociopath so much that it's actually causing me anxiety to read about him. Hopefully, when he's fitted for his orange suit, this will be easier reading.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is written by a distinguished journalist, it is unlikely that any Trump supporters will read it. That is because, like Trump himself, they have made up their mind. From reading this, it is very clear that Trump has made up his mind about pretty much everything and he isn’t going to change his opinion no matter what evidence is shown to him. Not that it is easy to try to show him anything, if this book is to be believed. He won’t read more than one sheet of paper and even that ...more
The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who think
Recommended to The Just-About-Cocky Ms M by: People who think
Courtesy of H. G. Wells's "War of the Worlds:" We've seen this awful thing before..."

I bought and read Hillary Clinton’s book, which I found rather tedious, repetitive, and lacking in some of the same crucial insights missing during her 2016 campaign. I bought and read Ivanka Trump’s book of hints ad cheerleading for working women, which I thought was an amazing and banal pastiche of clichés and platitudes from someone largely clueless about real working women. I bought and read Sean Spicer’s bo
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It's almost worth reading the entire thing just for the last sentence, which is the biggest non-spoiler ever: The president is a F%&*ing Liar.

These are the things this book reveals that we already could have guessed:

1. Our president watches a lot of TV and gets his information and opinions from TV pundits. At one point, he overrules one of Kelly's hires because Lou Dobbs says mean things about her. When he's not watching TV, he's playing golf.

2. The president has no to-do list and only pa

Description: 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,
Shaun Hutchinson
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
What an awful book. The biggest problem I had with this is that it's clear that the majority of Woodward's sources are people from within the administration—Rob Porter, Reince Preibus, Steve Bannon—and that while Woodward is trying to remain objective (though his biases actually are fully on display with regards to his feelings about the Obama administration), he fails to offer any critical analysis of the people who are steering the narrative. As a result, white nationalists like Bannon and acc ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bob Woodward reveals the details of life inside President Donald Trump‘s White House. He has written precisely about how Trump has made decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward has drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the debates and decision making in the Oval Office, the situation room, Air Force One and the White House residence with Trump’s most trusted advisors.

Sep 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
I'm looking forward to this
Bob Mayer
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a Bob Woodward book but for those who've read previous titles, it's a bit different in that his style of writing seems to have been, let us say, lowered. Not to bad, but to be more understandable. Which means he's directing this book toward both ends of the political spectrum.

It's not a hatchet job. In fact, Trump almost (but never) comes off as sympathetic but the #1 impression conveyed by all the interviews is that our president* is simply not smart. His lack of knowledge is scary and
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
This book is entirely in a journalistic style. Bob Woodward summarizes and quotes conversations among people in the Trump administration. The book covers the time period immediately before election day through the first year of Trump's presidency. All of the conversations are based on first-person interviews with people who were actually there. So, the book seems to be entirely factual. Woodward offers absolutely no interpretation or speculation of his own. He lets the facts do all of the talkin ...more
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Robert "Bob" Upshur Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. While an investigative reporter for that newspaper, Woodward, working with fellow reporter Carl Bernstein, helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation. Woodward has written 12 best-selling non-fiction books and has twice contributed reporting to efforts that collecti ...more
“But in the man and his presidency Dowd had seen the tragic flaw. In the political back-and-forth, the evasions, the denials, the tweeting, the obscuring, crying “Fake News,” the indignation, Trump had one overriding problem that Dowd knew but could not bring himself to say to the president: “You’re a fucking liar.” 6 likes
“The reality was that the United States in 2017 was tethered to the words and actions of an emotionally overwrought, mercurial and unpredictable leader. Members of his staff had joined to purposefully block some of what they believed were the president’s most dangerous impulses. It was a nervous breakdown of the executive power of the most powerful country in the world.” 6 likes
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