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Michael Wolff

Inside the Trump White House

4.1 (61 ratings)
20 mins

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Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff is a controversial tell-all about the early days of President Trump's administration. It paints a picture of chaos, incompetence, and corruption within the White House.

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    Trump wasn’t at all prepared to win the presidency.

    Were you shocked when Donald Trump, a man with no political experience whatsoever, won the US presidential election in 2016? If you were, you’re certainly not alone. Even Trump, not to mention the majority of his campaign team, didn’t expect that he’d win.

    In the weeks leading up to the election, Donald Trump kept telling his wife, Melania Trump, that things were going to go back to normal in November. Though their relationship isn’t a particularly close one, Melania resented living under the media’s microscope and having her husband’s history of adultery discussed on national news.

    But everyone on the campaign, including the campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, believed the wild ride of the Trump presidential campaign was about to come to a screeching halt.

    Everyone was preparing their post-campaign lives and plotting their next moves. Trump planned to tell the world that the election had been stolen from him while exploring the possibility of his own television channel, the Trump Network. Conway was eager to transition her newfound notoriety into a regular media job with one of the cable-news networks.

    A clear proof of the victory’s unexpectedness is how unprepared many campaign members were for the scrutiny that comes with being in the White House. Donald Trump and other campaign associates like Paul Manafort have real-estate holdings that put them in a financial grey zone, with backgrounds and transactions that don’t stand up well to scrutiny.

    Paul Manafort only agreed to help manage the campaign because he was reassured by Jared Kushner that there was no chance they’d win, and therefore no reason he’d be subjected to any investigations.

    So when the results were finalized, and Trump was confirmed as the winner, everyone was in a daze, including Trump’s closest friends and most of his staff. The only one who had a suspicion that the numbers were looking good was Trump advisor Steve Bannon and his pollster, John McLaughlin. For everyone else, they were ill prepared for what lay ahead.

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    What is Fire and Fury about?

    Fire and Fury (2018) gives a fly-on-the-wall account of the Trump administration’s early days. With his insider access to the West Wing and over two hundred conversations with senior staff under his belt, Michael Wolff paints a fascinating portrait of an administration he claims is wholly unprepared to govern.

    Fire and Fury Review

    Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (2018) is an eye-opening exposé that takes readers behind the scenes of the chaotic Trump administration. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With unprecedented access and insider accounts, it provides an intimate look at the inner workings of the White House.
    • It offers a shocking portrayal of the political dynamics, power struggles, and controversies that defined Trump's early presidency.
    • By delving into the personalities and motivations of key players, the book offers valuable insights into the political landscape of the time.

    Best quote from Fire and Fury

    ...the success of the speech confirmed the Jared and Ivanka strategy: look for common ground. It also confirmed Ivankas understanding of her father: he just wanted to be loved.

    —Michael Wolff
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    Who should read Fire and Fury?

    • Readers who want a behind-the-scenes peek into the White House
    • US citizens concerned about how fit Donald Trump is for the job
    • News junkies looking for more insight into the Trump presidency

    About the Author

    Michael Wolff, a former editor at Adweek, is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the Guardian, New York magazine and the Hollywood Reporter. His articles have received two National Magazine Awards, and his previous best-selling books include The Man Who Owns the News and Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet.

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    Fire and Fury is a gripping exposé that offers unprecedented insight into the Trump presidency. A must-read for political enthusiasts.

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