Fear

Fear

Trump in the White House

Book - 2018
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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
"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. [This book] is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office. 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. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. Often with day-by-day details, dialogue and documentation, Fear tracks key foreign issues from North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, the Middle East, NATO, China and Russia. It reports in depth on Trump's key domestic issues, particularly trade and tariff disputes, immigration, tax legislation, the Paris Climate Accord, and the racial violence in Charlottesville in 2017. Fear presents vivid details of the negotiations between Trump's attorneys and Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, laying out for the first time the meeting-by-meeting discussions and strategies. It discloses how senior Trump White House officials joined together to steal draft orders from the president's Oval Office desk so he would not issue directives that would jeopardize critical intelligence operations. 'It was no less than an administrative coup d'⥴at,' Woodward writes, 'a nervous breakdown of the executive power of the most powerful country in the world.'"--Dust jacket
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501175510
1501175513
Characteristics: xxii, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Trump in the White House

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DeeDum
Oct 16, 2018

Bob Woodward's style is easy to read...it's like being in the "room" eavesdropping on all the conversations. It portrays a man who is not equipped to run our government....filled with people who are not really qualified either. There are a few exceptions though, but they soon leave from frustration. It makes a person wonder how our government can withstand such turmoil and chaos presided by a man who governs by the seat of his pants. He has a large ego and doesn't value advice from his staff....that's evident even from media coverage.

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jacekwalkowicz
Oct 15, 2018

the old man and the red face +

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michaelfwood
Oct 14, 2018

If you've lived in a cave the last three years then this book is revealing. However, if you've followed the news then this book is a yawner. Everybody knows that Trump is dishonest, venal and self-absorbed. Woodward has done better work.

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vvv
Oct 11, 2018

Yes, be afraid, but be afraid of the left. Lots of books out there that convincingly portray both sides of every issue. Let's look at the results instead of dwelling in the dirt that may or may not be true. Economy, jobs, disappearing unemployment, millions off of food stamps. We don't need this soap opera. We need results and we have them. Great results over and over again.

A soap opera. Not worth reading.

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vvv
Oct 11, 2018

Yes, be afraid, but be afraid of the left. Lots of books out there that convincingly portray both sides of every issue. Let's look at the results instead of dwelling in the dirt that may or may not be true. Economy, jobs, disappearing unemployment, millions off of food stamps. We don't need this soap opera. We need results and we have them. Great results over and over again.

A soap opera. Not worth reading.

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fvrlfellow
Oct 08, 2018

Wow. This book is completely solid in terms of evidence and facts. It's not a novel so do not expect anything 'exciting'. But it's a very, very good journalistic book on Trump and the White House. Definitely worth the effort if you appreciate facts, good writing and no-nonsense style.

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adhopkins
Oct 07, 2018

This is a scary book. It goes beyond what's in the press to show how bad things are in the White House. Not only is Trump unfit, but many of those around him are as well. I just hope we survive this administration!

The other thing that came through is what garbage mouths Trump and his people are. Everything is fxxx this, and bullxxxx that. No class at all!

Woodward has done a great job here, and deserves our thanks.

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CPL_Supporter
Oct 04, 2018

Terrifying. Absolutely terrifying.

PimaLib_NormS Oct 04, 2018

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward has written more than a few fly-on-the-wall accounts of recent history, and his work has certainly withstood the test of time. So, when an express copy of his latest book, “Fear”, came across the desk, I grabbed it. I have avoided all the other books about the current administration, but this one, well, it had Bob Woodward’s name on it. That means something to me. I believe he writes in a fact-based, business-like manner without sensationalism; I have trust in the veracity of his work. However, I suppose that the solid base of presidential supporters will hate “Fear”, denounce it as full of lies, and dismiss it as just another futile liberal media attack. Conversely, a sizable portion of the rest of the population will be disgusted, but probably not surprised, by the book’s sometimes disturbing content. It could very well be that “Fear” will not change anyone’s mind. All I know is that I have read many of Bob Woodward’s books over the years (I still have a well-worn paperback copy of “All the President’s Men” somewhere at home.) and he has built up a large reservoir of credibility, in my opinion. If he says an event or a meeting or a conversation took place, that’s enough for me. He puts the facts out there, and it is up to the reader to decide what it all means.

Cynthia_N Oct 03, 2018

It wasn't a bad read it just didn't live up to all the hype.

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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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This quote is partially in goodreads:

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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