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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Published by Macmillan Audio

Narrated by Holter Graham


Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Published by Macmillan Audio

Narrated by Holter Graham

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4/5 (350 ratings)
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11 hours
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Released:
Jan 5, 2018
ISBN:
9781250300300
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Audiobook

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Media firestorm…

This inflammatory behind-the-scenes take on the Trump White House caused an uproar even before it was published. Read the book everyone — and we mean everyone — is talking about.

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This program includes an author's note read by Michael Wolff

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous-and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. 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

Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows listeners how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 5, 2018
ISBN:
9781250300300
Format:
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  • This inflammatory behind-the-scenes take on the Trump White House caused an uproar even before it was published and its contents have only become even more widely talked about since.

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  • (4/5)
    Hilarious! The Keystone Cops of politics. An idiot surrounded by clowns. But I am thankful to the brave men and women who work there who aren't clowns, and block his worst impulses.I present to you, the twit(ter) president.
  • (4/5)
    A ridiculous premise and characters so exaggerated as to be unbelievable. You may well say that it’s a comic fantasy and isn’t supposed to be believable but I think the best comedy has a dark side. If, say, the main character, Trump, were trimmed a bit so you could believe he was actually a member of the human race this would be a very frightening book because, after all, the US is a democracy and in theory anyone could be elected if they had the money. Nevertheless it is very funny. The stand-out moment for me was when fact-checkers from a newspaper ring a secondary character, a Neo-Nazi called Bannon, to ask him if it’s true about the blowjobs.I think we all here in the UK can thank our lucky stars that nothing so silly could ever happen to us politically.
  • (3/5)
    I guess I should start out this review by pointing out that I don't know how much of this book is history and how much of this book is historical fiction. If 20% of this book is true, then all Americans should be incredibly fearful of what may happen over the next three years. The insanity and poor behavior exhibited by Trump and various members of his administration and support group is off the charts. I can't think of anyone, based on this book, who is less qualified to be President of the United States. What's worse is that there are no adults or smart people around him. There is so much infighting for power and influence that the needs of the country have been brutally pushed aside.

    I skimmed over the last half of the book as the first half had me so disgusted and nauseated that I could no longer go on and read. Wolff may have been carrying out Steve Bannon's agenda so it's hard to know where the lies, obfuscations and exaggerations are.

    I have read histories of various presidential administrations. Trump's appears to be the most dysfunctional since George Washington. If you are a Trump supporter or a devoted Fox news watcher, you'll pass on this book – – you probably won't believe a word of it anyway.
  • (4/5)
    Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff is like being a fly on the wall in the White House. Sure, some of this info was on the news but this is more personal. This gets right in there to the people that work with the Grabber-in-Chief. What they think of him, how they work together, or not. The back stabbing, the leaking and by who about who. What the staff call the main loafer behind his back. What the orange man does with his time. It is quite interesting. There are grammar mistakes... didn't expect that. Knocked a star off for that. The rest was what I always wished, to be a fly on the wall...:)
  • (4/5)
    It would take a special kind of secluded living not to know that Donald Trump has been in the role of President of the United States of America since January 2017. He’s the media’s villain and the media’s darling, depending upon the media. Notoriety is generally more newsworthy than being a hero and so most of the Trump stories we hear in Europe are disparaging. But where does the truth lie?News media tend to have a bias. If your personal tendency is right-wing then you are likely to follow certain news sources that reinforce your world view. If you’re more left-wing then another list of media outlets will be more to your taste. Sometimes people sample the news via channels they don’t respect or believe, just to get a bit of spice thrown into the mix. Social media can broaden people’s news church but it can also narrow it. Facebook, in particular, will serve up newsfeeds from individuals’ newsfeeds and pages that are matched by algorithms to your own friends list, pages you have visited etc. The risk is that people end up preaching to the choir, or end up in the choir being preached to, and only one perspective gets presented. These days a lot of folk get their news from social media and believe what they see. The problem is this may sometimes be – yes, a phrase that is synonymous with the Trump presidency – fake news.Social media is full of fake news these days. Was that always the case? It seems I can’t remember when it wasn’t. As an author, I don’t take a strong political or idealistic stance (perhaps sometimes I should). I have a wide circle of facebook friends and this gives me a broad perspective when it comes to viewpoints, both politically and geographically. I read stuff that makes me groan, other things that make me laugh, and content that makes me think further, wondering if it’s fake. Rarely do I unfriend, unfollow or block someone on social media. Also I don’t engage in political or idealistic online conversation. (I lurk and throw in the occasional one-liner with hopefully comic effect. But I take it all in, I see human nature in the raw and absorb what I see to help fuel my writer’s imagination.) When I see something outrageous, I fact check. Almost invariably, regardless of the viewpoint, it’s either fake news, taken out of context or only partially true. In the run up to Trump’s election, and since his inauguration, fake political news has been crashing through social media like a hailstorm. It’s bewildering. As a larger-than-life character, Donald Trump is a soft target for cheap ridicule. Mocking him for his creative hairstyle or those strangely small hands is just being mean. His oratory style and tendency towards hyperbole are not what a lot of people typically expect from a POTUS, but he doesn’t claim or want to be a typical POTUS. He wants to shake things up. According to The Guardian UK newspaper, he had made 7,645 false or misleading claims since taking office, sometimes more than 100 in one day. How could this possibly be the case? Surely a Head of State has to be taken at his/her word and any untruths would be a cause for grave concern? The peculiarity of the Trump presidency is perplexing to us Europeans, over in these staid old countries where one bold-faced lie can bring down a leader or even a government. Just 12 hours ago, Trump tweeted a quote from One America News - “There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.” How did the world become a place where the president of a huge and powerful nation feels he needs to share those words? 24 hours ago Trump tweeted Despite the most hostile and corrupt media in the history of American politics, the Trump Administration has accomplished more in its first two years than any other Administration. A quick Google search on this topic produced an interesting article from the UK’s BBC, which suggests that there were some areas where the Trump administration has exceeded the results of previous ones. However, rate of turnover amongst senior level advisors and length of government shutdown due to funding are probably not the medals he’s looking for. But hey, we know he doesn’t really believe what he himself is saying, except in the moment. He’s just trumpet blowing, like the childhood rhyme of dominance – I’m the king of the castle, and you’re the dirty rascal.So what is the truth? What’s going on? Normally I would raise my hands (in Trump fashion) and say look, America is a very different society to ours. All countries have their problems, often depending on complex historical factors. In little old Ireland, where I live as an ex-pat Brit, we have very few deaths due to firearms, there isn’t an opioid crisis and racism is more subtle than skin tone. How can we begin to understand life across the pond? Leave the USA alone. If they want Trump (and the majority of voters, by whatever rules in play, must have chosen his team) then let us just enjoy the spectacle and see what results. But then, while trying to use up a spare half hour waiting for a train in Dublin’s Heuston Station, I stumbled over a copy of Fire and Fury. I rarely read non-fiction but something made me pick it up. Perhaps reading this would make things clearer?The surprising thing about Fire and Fury was that there was nothing surprising in it, when it came to a catalogue of White House events. From stories of the Trump campaign trail, the rousing calls of the candidate at mega-rallies, the tumultuous early days of the presidency, and the myriad well-heeled individuals who made cameo White House appearances before being sacked or resigning – everything was familiar. When Wolff quoted such a person or an anonymous source as having said or done something, I knew it already. This wasn’t because I was late to the party – I had bought the paperback a year after the hardback was first released. It was because the world, through global media, had lived through all this. Wolff tells a story of a latter-day Game of Thrones, with the houses of Trump, Bannon and Priebus battling for ascendancy. GoT with a twist, because none of the main cast has any real gladiatorial experience in the Washington colosseum. White Walkers, Wildlings, the Night’s Watch, noble dynasties, Viking types, warrior queens, mean-looking lads on horses, all waving their weapons and circling each other, with one eye on the media scavengers who sniff for carrion. The chaos proves too much for some would-be warriors who leave the field after their first blood wounds. New heroes then arise, only to have their skulls ceremoniously crushed by dominant champions. The Princess summons her dragon to breathe fire upon the weakened in-house foes, but we know the dragon will eventually take his own flight. Once I finished the book, I had to google the characters’ real-life names and find out what happened in the sequel. Sure enough, the outsider victors of the Wolff story have all since succumbed to their fate, Trump blood and marriage being the only certain protection against treachery and spells.Critics have said that Wolff played with the facts on occasion. One reviewer criticised him for using the device of unreliable narrator (although I’m not sure that review really properly explained the method) but surely that’s the whole point of the story. Everyone in the organisation has a different world view, and many live in their own reality. Some (albeit not many) see themselves as following their great leader. Others endeavour to mollify his excesses. Another plays the role of guru. The big man himself just wants to be loved and plays fast and loose with any material at hand to achieve that end. This book has, however, had an unexpected effect upon me. I am no longer surprised or appalled by anything that Donald Trump says or does. If I look at his historical tweets I just say yeah, that’s him, or no, I think someone else wrote that one. Fire and Fury has numbed me to the unfiltered thoughts of the current POTUS. I find myself able to step back and wonder if what he does and says will really have any impact upon my little world. Bearing in mind that the House of Representatives shifted control to the Democrats after the recent mid-terms (which, of course, very often happens during a US presidency), Donald Trump is going to have increasing difficulty implementing his campaign promises. Until next time.
  • (4/5)
    There is probably no President of the United States who has managed to divide the people as far as Donald Trump has. When it started with his bid to the presidency he was not taken seriously by most people, probably especially by the media. And then it happened: Donald Trump won the election and was to be the 45th President of the United States. This is where Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury starts to portray and analyze Donald Trump's first nine months in office. While all of the issues regarded in the book have gotten a lot of media attention and there is not much new to be gained on that part, it is the degree of insight that sets Michael Wolff's book apart from media coverage of the Trump presidency. The book investigates Trump's relationships to the people around him with an especial focus on Stephen Bannon, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. It also takes a look at the role of the media in shaping public opinion both in the run-up to the election as well as during the presidency. Almost everything Trump does and tweets is dissected by the media and treated as some sort of new climax. To my mind, this behavior has to be reconsidered because it makes people lose track of what is happening (as there are so many things being reported in quick succession) and what is actually important and true (as the sheer amount of information and misinformation becomes ever harder to handle). Yes, many of Trump's actions and statements are outrageous, but should we always give him a stage for that? I sometimes wonder whether the manner in which he does certain things (mainly quite unpresidential) is more important than the issues at hand. Having an educated discussion about the issues and outlining where the people disagree with what the president says and does instead of constantly criticizing him for how he does it and putting that in the spotlight might not sell as well, but it might actually lead somewhere.I really liked reading this book as I felt it gave me a deeper understanding - if you might actually call it that, as many things Trump did and said (still does and says) are hardly understandable to me - of the inner workings in the Trump White House. It was interesting to read about who did what for what exact purpose and about how decisions were influenced and finally made by the President. In order to give that insight, Michael Wolff relies on insider information from the White House. Quite understandably many of his sources remain unnamed as they are still part of the administration or staff in the White House. However, this is also my minor point of criticism about the book. You have to take what Michael Wolff says at face value without really being able to fact-check his statements. That is why this is, for me, a 4-star read. Note that reading Fire and Fury might become harder to follow without a certain degree of background knowledge since Wolff drops many names and refers to many organizations and institutions. A fair amount of background knowledge is thus quite advisable, I would say.