Sunday Book Review – Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

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Today’s review is on Michael Wolff’s politically intriguing and informative book – Fire and Fury. This is a personal accounting of what he witnessed while having ease of access and being privy to the shenanigans that is currently ongoing in the Whitehouse.

 

Since the day Trump ran for president I’ve been fascinated with US politics. I follow journalists in the media, have acquired a lengthy reading list of political books, and my heart aches for the all that is going on in the US now from broken policies to the potential dangers of the world at Trump’s fingertips.

 

Blurb:

#1 New York Times Bestseller

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

This riveting and explosive account of Trump’s administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including:
— 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

Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

“Essential reading.”—Michael D’Antonio, author of Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success, CNN.com

“Not since Harry Potter has a new book caught fire in this way…[Fire and Fury] is indeed a significant achievement, which deserves much of the attention it has received.”The Economist

 

My  5 Star Review:

If you think you’ve seen or heard it all by watching the news, you couldn’t have because in this presidency there has been ongoing breaking news daily since Trump’s inauguration. In this book, Wolff shares his findings from when he had a ringside seat as to what on earth is going on in the Whitehouse. A play by play accounting is shared on the inside chaos that continues under Trump’s regime and the shameful and clueless shenanigans that continue to go on – a good who’s who in the zoo starring a plethora of unsavory characters.

Wolff takes us through a sea of often clueless disarray and shares some intimate details about the president. Wolff shares that even Trump didn’t think he’d win but had his defeat speech ready, he was prepared to say the election was rigged, how the Whitehouse struggles to function properly, and the many lies that the administration struggles to keep up with and cover up. This book is a frightening look into what has become of American government with said president.

This is not a book that will make anyone feel better, but may give you a better understanding about how this presidency came to be. And even if you only choose to believe half of what you read, it’s still an eye-opener. #Recommended.

 

Next on my political reading list:

Fascism: A Warning – Madeleine Albright

A Higher Loyalty – James Comey

The Plot to Destroy Democracy – Malcolm Nance

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump – Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic – David Frum

No is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need – Naomi Klein

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  1. Whenever you write a book review, I always want to read the book! Our tastes are very similar methinks…

    1. OH, thanks a lot Stevie. Yes, me thinks so too. 🙂

  2. Debby, an interesting book and full of facts … what astonishes me and has me feeling disheartened with it all is that no amount of information about the reality of events seems to make the slightest bit of difference! Albright’s book should be good -I’ve always admired her. Enjoy your reading and hope there are some lightweight books in between! 😀

    1. It’s a mystery how people let so much slide indeed. I can’t help but follow what is going on in the US. and despite that, yes I do read other lighter subject matter, lol.

  3. What an interesting book, Debby. I have not heard of it but it had to come.

    1. Yes, it had to come Robbie. 🙂

  4. This book made some ripples in the US. We are inundated with Trump’s incompetence and it’s definitely impacting my community and family. I already think the worst of this man and his administration of liars, sociopaths, bigots, and crooks. It sounds like the book confirms it. *Sigh* I bet you’re thanking your lucky stars you live in Canada!

    1. Arg, I’m so sorry Diana. Yes, at this current time in the world, it’s particularly comforting to be a Canadian. But I do miss going to the US, especially Arizona, but just can’t bring myself to cross the border until he’s gone – which should be coming closer. 🙂 <3

      1. Oh, I hope he’s gone soon. Hopefully in November we’ll have a Congress that does its job and his power will be curtailed.

        1. Amen to that Diana! The ‘blue wave’ is coming! 🙂 x

  5. I hope he’ll write an update in the future, although, of course, he won’t have the inside access. Or perhaps he will. I really enjoyed No Is Not Enough. Thanks for your review, Debby.

    1. Thanks for sharing Olga. I am looking forward to reading No is Not Enough too. 🙂

  6. I’m so glad you read and reviewed this Deb, because, curious as I am, I haven’t the heart to do so myself. Life is so unstable right now for us Americans that I can’t bring myself to add the details of this chaos to my thoughts. The big picture is enough for now. Great review, and one I hope will draw more readers ❤️

    1. Thank you T. And you know I feel for you. <3 <3

  7. It’s a possible add to my list. I’m reading Russian Roulette right now. Probably like to read one of Malcom Nance’s books too.

    1. Seems like we’re on the same reading path, lol. Although my next political read will be Albright’s book first. 🙂

  8. Usually i never comment on blogs but your articles is so convincing that i never stop my self to say something about it you’re doing a great article keep it up

    1. Thank you so much.

  9. Hi Debby – I loved ‘Red Notice’ you wrote about in April … and yes this is a book I’d want to scan through … probably enough for me – but I guess I’ll have to wait a while – as everyone else will be reading it … I’ll catch it anon. It is interesting being in Canada and seeing things from here – my horizons have once again broadened … blogging does us so much service – cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary. And so glad you read Red Notice. Wasn’t that quite the book? I’m glad you’re finding your horizons expanding. We should never stop learning. 🙂

  10. This sounds like an important read, Deb. It’s always a learning experience to understand how men like Trump came into his power. Lesson in how to ‘not’ allow it in the future, if you will. Thanks for sharing this book and your honest review! I’ll look forward to hearing more about the other books on your list. 😀

    1. Thanks Lis. Happy to enlighten you, lol. Yes, many lessons to be learned from this presidency. 🙂 x

  11. Thanks for your review, Deb. It is about as close as I’ll ever get to this book. He definitely has an agenda which I don’t judge. It’s just not my agenda.

    1. Thanks Jacqui. I can totally appreciate your stand. 🙂

  12. Well done, Sis. You and I had fun discussing this book! 😀 <3

    1. We sure did! LOLLLLLLLLLLL 🙂 <3

  13. I have heard so much about this book that it seems I have read it. Nice review Deb. Politicians really put me off…no use reading about them and their theatricals. 🙂

    1. I don’t blame you one bit Balroop. And yes, it’s funny but when we hear about something being talked about so much, we feel we’ve been there, done that. 🙂

  14. I have come to the conclusion that far too many people do not read books, especially on sensational subjects as they prefer the juicy stuff taken out and regurgitated by the press in small bite sized nuggets of gossip.. Well done for reading and reviewing Debby… probably a sedative required before reading……

    1. So true Sal, much of fake news is a small sliver taken and misinterpreted into a different spin without taking in all the facts. <3

  15. Thank you for this insightful review, Debby. I’ve been curious about this book for a while, and I’m glad you enjoyed reading it. I guess it’s worth the hype around it. But, honestly, did the typos bother you at all?

    1. Honestly, there were not many typos as some exaggerated about. I’ve seen way more in other books. 🙂

  16. Wow! This reads like a fascinating book! Normally I’m not into politics, but like you, ever since Donald Trump stepped into office I have been glued to the news and whenever his name is mentioned I cock an ear. Great review post, Debby! 😉 xx

    1. Thanks Vashti. It’s hard to not listen to the ongoing breaking news, which of course is reaching its peak right now! I’d have to think your ears are well cocked by now. LOL 🙂 xx

  17. An excellent review, Debby. I too am very much drawn by American politics and follow what’s happening daily. In some ways it’s like a soap and even after a year and a half I still find it incredible that someone like Trump could be running a powerful country. Anyway, it’s all interesting and I find that there are some bright minded journalists that I enjoy listening to. I also like to listen to the late night comics on Trump. Imagine how huge his ego is going to be if he wins the Nobel Peace Prize! The world will never stop hearing about it. Even now he’s twittered that everybody thinks he should win that prize. 🙂

    1. Oh Carol, so fun to learn that you share the same interest, lol. You said it perfectly, it’s like a soap opera/reality show that we become addicted to. Because there’s new news every 10 minutes it seems, it’s like binge watching on a continuous cycle. And don’t be fooled, that Herr Trumputin is not winning any Nobel Prize. Lolllllllllllll. He needs applause for everything. Did you hear him today talking about the 3 American hostages that came back to the US at 3am and he greeted them. He said he got the highest ratings of any event televised at that time. Are you kidding me???????? President gameshow host! 🙂

    1. Aw thanks Star Sally for sharing again. <3

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