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I am English so that may colour how I see this, but I thought the material could have been dealt with in a more measured way and less sensational. Surely the facts of this presidency and how it came about speak loudly enough? I found the reader to be very bombsstic and I would’ve appreciated a more subtle, and analytical approach. I get that The book will sell for its summary of deeply worrying, bordering on outrageous actions and decisions of this White House and the apparently inside experience of the author as he watched some of this in person but dialling it back 30% would have made it more palatable to listen to.
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We in Europe feel strongly about American presidencies, perhaps because of their habit of declaring themselves the leaders of the free world. “Not of us!” we often want to cry. Obama was called the best American president Europe ever had; and conversely many of us heard about the election of DJT with horrified dismay. I wanted “Fire and Fury” to untangle the events of 2016 & 2017 and show some kind of comprehensible narrative arc. In the first few chapters, and the epilogue it has done that to some extent, so well done. The trouble is the context, the weather, the hollow-centred battering randomness of Trump’s White House. Not Michael Wolff’s fault obviously, but it’s frustrating. And then there’s trust: what’s Wolff’s agenda? One or two important questions go unanswered. Despite all that I would heartily recommend this book, it’s full of surprising, interesting,significant, sometimes funny revelations.
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I liked the first half of the book. For me, it was entertaining notwithstanding the fact that it did not have any significant new revelations about Trump administration which had not been exposed beforehand. However, in the second half, especially toward the end of the book, Steve Bannon became the central figure, and the book was mostly concerned with his rage over his rivals. Sometimes even it seems that the book is kind of personal revenge by Bannon against Trump and his family, which could be because, in this period, the author had been accompanying the Bannon's gang. Whatever the reason was, it should be said that although there are many reasons for criticising the Trump's administration, there is no virtue in doing so from the Steve Bannon's (an alt-right politician) perspective. Furthermore, some themes like the animosity between Bannon and Trump's family, or the rivalries between different personalities and factions within the Trump administration were repeated again and again, which made those parts boring from my point of view. I would give the first half three stars but to the whole book, considering the second half, I gave two stars. Finally, it worth to write that in this book, the name of another book ("The Best and the Brightest") was mentioned. I became curious and bought that book too, and started reading it. From my point of view, the comparison between "The Best and the Brightest" and this book would demonstrate the difference between a good book ("The Best and the Brightest") and a mediocre one ("Fire and Fury").
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I found myself vagueing out constantly.
I thought it was repetitive and I kept thinking, yeah, yeah Trump is an irresponsible self-righteous knob... blah, blah, blah... Trump, Bannon, Kushner, Ivanka, blah, blah, blah....
I'm sure much of the book is based on fact but it seems like there is a lot of assumptions and conveniently filling in the gaps. Maybe, maybe not?
I am not especially interested in politics but purchased this book because I was moderately was interested in the Trump story. I got about 9 hours in and aborted.
Probably worth a read if you're really into American politics.
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