Fire and Fury – Michael Wolff

Having read Katy Tur’s book about the tRump presidential campaign and Luke Harding’s book about tRump’s alleged dirty dealings, I wasn’t expecting much from Fire and Fury in terms of style. I was pleasantly surprised. Wolff is a smart writer and although he gets bogged down at times in observation, overall the book makes for a satisfying read as it covers the first year of the tRump presidency. The most explosive contents have already been spotlighted extensively on cable news. However, the book is a revelation as Wolff delves into the White House infighting between tRump’s closest aides. It reveals the ugly side of politics–that the presidency represents power and those closest to the president can wield it with impunity. It reveals the fight to control a man who is essentially a loose cannon and uncontrollable. It reveals how everyone had a personal agenda and how hard they fought to get it front and center. It’s an unflattering portrayal of an unpopular president who along with his aides aren’t worthy or qualified to hold positions affecting the lives of people worldwide. 

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7 thoughts on “Fire and Fury – Michael Wolff

  1. Great review of this one! My thoughts about it were very similar, I was definitely pleasantly surprised having already read the other two as you did. Just can’t believe the real extent of the incompetency of some of the people closest to him (not sure I can even be surprised anew at this point by the astonishing depths of trump’s own stupidity and idiocy.)

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    1. I agree. I just can’t imagine having the gall, like Ivanka and Jared, to think they had the ability or experience to run the country as they are so clearly hungry to do. It sickens me because it’s obvious their primary goal is self-aggrandizement. At least Priebus was moderate GOP and Bannon was wedded to his ideology (as dangerous and repugnant as I find it). But Jarvanka, like daddy, are only there for themselves. Given their perpetual incompetence and criminal behavior, it’s hard to believe they got elected. But I think many in this country allowed racism and sexism to color their decisions, which they may well come to regret.

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  2. I definitely want to read this at some point. I’ve heard that Wolff doesn’t necessarily have the most journalistic integrity, but honestly, as far as Trump is concerned it’s all too mad to make up at this point. I’m sure reading this book doesn’t do anything good for anxiety levels!

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    1. Had anyone in the White House bothered to google Wolff they would have found immediately what kind of thing he writes and how he writes it. No one bothered to do the research which would have taken all of fifteen minutes. They gave him unfettered access without checking him out. Further, journalists make a living off of controversy. How dumb were they to assume everything he wrote would be flattering. As time went on, they forgot his purpose and talked to him like a fellow member of the administration. Everything he writes rings true. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the book. Wolff can write. His style is better than all the election books I’ve read thus far. It doesn’t really cause anxiety because it takes place after the election is a done deal. Wolff mostly dishes the dirt and sheds light on their incompetence. I know this sounds horrible, but it’s actually fairly uplifting because it confirms everything we know to be true. Contrast that to Katy Tur’s book about the campaign trail. I found myself getting more and more anxious as we wound toward the inevitable conclusion even knowing what happened because I wanted so desparately to change the outcome. Harding’s book about tRump’s dealings with Russia is hard, too because it infuriated me learning how he sold his country out for profit. I want very badly to read Hillary Clinton’s book but even after all this time I’m still not ready. Maybe when Mueller hands more indictments down. In any case, this is more than you ever wanted to know but honestly if I had to recommend one book about the election Fire and Fury would be my top pick thus far.

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      1. Thank you – this is such an interesting perspective on the whole ‘journalistic integrity’ perspective. I wonder what it must have been like to be him seeing all this stuff! I really need to read this book.

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