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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altybiz
Jan 19, 2019

I was surprised and pleased with how simply and clearly Bob Woodward writes. Maybe it comes from a long life of journalism? I have followed Trump very closely so far, and although it's true that I was familiar with nearly everything that was said, it helped me to see who in fact had said things about trump or others, where I could count on Woodward using direct quotes or attributions. I believe Woodward has written the truth. Got a few more behind-the-scenes dialogues and history which was interesting. But I SO want this story to end with Trump, top Republicans, and most of Trump family in jail for a very long time. The arrogance of all these people has been stomach-churning.

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val1
Jan 10, 2019

This is a well-written audiobook that I found I just had to keep listening to! His research is awesome and the writing excellent! Highly recommend it - 5 full stars!

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MikeHanafin
Jan 02, 2019

Read it if you want to really understand wtf is going on in the white house, and how close it is to a global disaster. Woodward somehow got a LOT of people to tell him--on the record, or on deep-background--the exact circumstances of all these insane stories. Or maybe they talked to Woodward so they could get their side of the story out, and might be seen in a good light later on. Some surprising semi-heroes emerge--including Rob Porter, the WH staff secretary who resigned after it was disclosed he had an ugly history of domestic abuse. Porter--and others--actually prevented the president from doing even more harmful things to the country, and the world. It reads like a suspense novel, even if you already know much of how it ends. Woodward continues to amaze.

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eilokeeffe
Dec 31, 2018

I surprised myself by coming away with less fear of the president than when I started the book. Perhaps this is due to the gritty details Woodward provides. The president is, after all, human. He comes across as less diabolical than other media have portrayed.
On the other hand, my fear of nuclear war has increased. This president has no idea of the consequences of such an enterprise as nuclear war. The much touted deterrence has little meaning for a man who is clueless about science. Winning is not an option with nuclear war and he seems to have no notion of this truth.

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redtayres
Dec 31, 2018

Perhaps this will be a more compelling read years from now, when we've forgotten the daily blitz of new headlines involving Trump. If you're a major news consumer these days, there's not much new to consume here, just repackaged things you've mostly heard before. Woodward provides balanced reporting of a man who is both a liar (according to his former attorney, Dowd) and someone who believes his instincts over facts.

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behere
Dec 26, 2018

Ch 20 portrays the effect of news on Trump especially how he is affected by watching lots of cable news.

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Ljparker5807
Dec 21, 2018

Well written but very little new information revealed.

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bookerfree
Dec 17, 2018

Woodward shows us blow by blow the horror of what the Trump White House legacy has provided: vengeful ignorance, greed, utter incompetence, and the imminent destruction of American values and institutions that our greatest generation fought and died for.

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TechWriter1
Dec 17, 2018

If you kept up with the presidential election and White House news over the past 3 years, you won’t learn a lot that is new about the Trump presidency. What you will get though is a well-researched and written chronology of perhaps the worst of the pervasive chaos that has characterized the Trump presidency from Day 1. It is fascinating and appalling at the same time, perhaps what it might have been like to watch the Titanic vs. iceberg encounter in 1912!

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KAREN S HARRIS
Dec 12, 2018

I gave it 2 stars due to the sometimes boring material. I agree if you've seen news reports you've already read the book. I found it interesting that he has people who will take papers off this desk so as unable to sign, distract his attention to other matters, but unwilling to stand up to him voicing their concerns. Also, nothing is mentioned ofthe Stormy Daniels or Entertainment Tonight fiasco.

I said it when he was elected & I'll say it again. I cannot believe there were so many ignorant American people who voted for an incompetent, self serving, 3 grade bully to the highest office in the country. Particularly the female population who didn't seem to care about his womanizing or general treatment of women.

The author did a good job of reporting but everything had already been reported in the news by the time book was released.

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cknightkc
Nov 28, 2018

“They were trying to make policy on a string of one-sentence cliches.” - p. 127

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cknightkc
Nov 28, 2018

“Trump gave some private advice to a friend who had acknowledged some bad behavior toward women. Real power is fear. It’s all about strength. Never show weakness. You’ve always got to be strong. Don’t be bullied. There is no choice.” - p. 175

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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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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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