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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

(The Trump Trilogy #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  74,919 ratings  ·  9,042 reviews
With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time

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
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published January 5th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Cynthia At first I thought the protest purchases were by Trump supporters doing...what exactly? So I went to the Amazon page and realized it was by people who…moreAt first I thought the protest purchases were by Trump supporters doing...what exactly? So I went to the Amazon page and realized it was by people who were buying it to "support" the first amendment. I actually think it's a pretty good form of protest. More purchases pushes the book into better rankings on the best-seller list, and you know how much that will anger the thin-skinned occupant of the White House. Plus, it's a double shot at him being that he tried to stop the book from ever seeing the light of day.

I agree with Diandra, in that if there was a tell-all by Bannon that Trump wanted to stop from being published because he was embarrassed, I would not want to financially support a Nazi, so I'd pass.

In this case though, I have the book and am half-way through, but it does give me pleasure to know people are just buying it to piss off Trump--and you know it will. Frankly, he deserves to receive some of the misery he is intent on doling out to everyone else. (less)
Laura Roberts Some people (i.e. professional reviewers) get advance review copies, and might have reviewed this book poorly. In this particular case, however, I wou…moreSome people (i.e. professional reviewers) get advance review copies, and might have reviewed this book poorly. In this particular case, however, I would suspect that this is the result of Goodreads members leaving bad reviews on books they haven't even read, because they support the "alt-right" (i.e. Neo-Nazis) and Trump (i.e. the Worst President Ever), and their politics are showing.(less)

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Emily May
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2018
Spoiler: Donald Trump is incompetent and misogynistic. Surprise!

Well, I couldn’t help myself, could I? This book is causing such a stir that I just had to read it. I can't let that controversial bandwagon just pass me by. Having read it, though, I have to say I'm surprised that it's causing such a stir at all. There's very little here that people don't already know about Trump, Bannon, Kushner and Russia.

I guess maybe I can see the value in putting together an overview of the Trump campaign and
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hilarious and terrifying and confirmed pretty much everything most of us have suspected about the incompetence of the Trump administration. If even half of this book is true, well, this presidency is a disaster.

The strangest part of this book is Wolf’s unabashed affection for Steve Bannon. Like, dude, get a room.

Also this book is sloppy and needs to be edited.
Sylvester Olson
I never planned on reading this. But now that Donald Trump is trying to prevent its release, it's now the highest priority on my reading list. ...more
Will Byrnes

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Michael Wolff has given us a drone’s (dragon’s?) eye view of the competing centers vying to be the power behind the throne, with some looking, in the longer term, at carving paths for their own succession to the highest position in the realm. There is a mad king who needs to be handled. Centers of power arise,
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When I initially posted the "review" below (based solely on leaked segments) the day before Fire and Fury was officially released, I had no idea my little bit of nothing would get as much attention as it has. I also didn't really plan on reading the book. But then somehow the library decided it should order SIXTY copies of the thing and I went from 90th on the wait list to it being my turn before even a week was over (many thanks to th
Jan 05, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Donald Trump has loudly complained that he would be able to sue the author of Fire and Fury, were it not for the fact that US libel law is so weak. I thought I would look a few things up.

According to the Wikipedia article, libel law is indeed less plaintiff-friendly in the US than in most countries. In particular, truth is an absolute defense, i.e. true statements cannot be defamatory. However, if Fire and Fury does contain false and defamatory statements, it seems to me that Trump would have de
Kevin Kelsey
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Posted at Heradas

This book doesn't challenge your assumptions. If it is to be believed, the day-to-day functioning of Trump’s White House appears to be simultaneously worse than we all imagined, and exactly as we all thought it probably was: Trump’s an idiot, the least self-aware person alive, interested only in his own celebrity and validation, and wholly unqualified to be the President of anything. Everyone around him is 1) Trying to save face. 2) Pushing their competing agendas. 3) Making fun
Stephanie *Eff your feelings*
**Knock knock** Uh… hello? Mr. *president? I’m sorry to just walk in to the oval office, but no one was at the desk and the door was wide open. Should that be?

Trump: “Yeah, I have trouble finding people willing to work for me, so I just leave the door open and let people wander in. Who are you? I hope you’re not from CNN.”

“No sir. My name is Michael Wolff, I’m an author and I want to write a book about you, your administration, and your first year in office. The working title is “The Great Trans
Adam Dalva
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinetic, trashy, slapdash, and completely addictive. Wolff's prose is uneven but he is very good at keeping the eye moving across the page, and in this he is perhaps helped by the book's failing: this is very padded out with stuff we already know (the long profiles of Kushner, Bannon, and Conway have no revelations in them.) But the gossip is gold, though the depictions of the characters have an unfortunate tendency toward lazy meanness. I don't need a description of Bannon as "on the spectrum," ...more
Jan 05, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
this is what happens when you let a Wolff into your House, silly!

**2.5 Stars**

Disturbed! No I'm not talking about Trump - disturbed is how I felt on finishing this book. To use an alleged quote by Sean Spicer " You can't make this shit up"

Accusations fly in all directions throughout this book, but as to whether any of these accusations can be substantiated, is another matter, though to be fair to the author, Trump appears to be surrounded by incompetent and politically inexperienced people and I include the man himself in that too. I don't profess to be well
Sean Barrs
The day Trump was elected President of the USA the world let out a collective gasp, a gasp of absolute horror as the unbelievable actually happened: an unqualified misogynistic climate change denier became one of the most powerful men in the world. I remember walking into work that evening and the atmosphere was utterly dead. Nobody knew quite what to say as even in England we were dismayed and horror struck: we were numb.

A strong degree of uncertainty and tension spread over the world. We all
j e w e l s
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I heard that Trump tried to stop the release of this book...well, look out! The only thing I can't stand more than Trump is a flagrantly unconstitutional book ban. I hate to pay retail for books, but I did. I could only get my hands on an audio copy, since apparently the entire city of Portland was sold out the minute the stores opened. You could say I HAD TO READ THIS BOOK just to spite Trump. Thank you, Audible, for fulfilling that instant gratification need.

In the words attribu
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
There has been a lot of commentary on this book since it was released, a lot of it about how sloppy the journalism is. Others have said that the book really only mirrors back to us what we already knew about Trump. I have to say that I’m more in the second camp than the first. I raced through this, not because I was expecting any spoilers, most of those were in the papers days before the book was available anyway. I also find it amusing that the person most damaged by the book seems to have been ...more
mark monday
Lots of fun, except it's not. Reads like a parody, except it's not. *Dies*

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Wolff is a lively raconteur, to say the least. "Sardonic" is just the beginning for him. Overall this was an enjoyable read, if reading about how low your country can go could ever be considered enjoyable. But hey I'm not a big fan of the world in general, so I will find my pleasures where I can.

I pretty much read this like I read fiction because that's the most enjoyable way for me to read nonfiction. Did the story ca
In the last 18 months, I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession. Although the Brexit referendum means UK politics is serious, the first and last thing I do online most days is check Trump’s Twitter feed, and several US news ones. And I look during the day as well. Even though, or perhaps because I’m familiar with George Lakoff’s Taxonomy of Tweets, I can’t help myself:

Preemptive framing, diversion, deflection, and trial balloon are explained here.

Thus, when I picked up this book, I’d already read
Bill Kerwin
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Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a pretty good answer to that universal "What the fuck just happened???" question we all asked ourselves in the weeks and months after Trump won the election.

That's because it recounts a LOT of what we already know, with far less deeper insight than I was hoping for.

The other thing that makes me a little wary of this is the way it is written. I'm sorry, but this doesn't really feel like journalism to me. It reads like fiction. Like Wolff was somehow a fly on the wall for every impo
Betsy Robinson
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason more than 80 percent of New York City dwellers voted against Donald Trump was because we knew him—his history of pathological lying, his grandiose credit-taking for things he had nothing to do with, his cheating almost everybody who worked for him, his serial misogyny and complete lack of scruples.* Mayor Mike Bloomberg said it straight at the Democratic National Convention: “I’m a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one.” For people who liked Trump, his charm had to do with the fa ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Coming out four days early thanks to idiot Trump. Ha.

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This book was everywhere. Comedians were talking about it. Politicians were talking about it. Magazines and newspapers were talking about it. Trump was talking about it. Even the Grammys got in on it, with Hillary Clinton making a special cameo, during which she read excerpts from the book. It was supposed to be game-changing. Scandalous. Dishy. Controversial. It was making ~waves~. Hell, I even got unfriended by several people after pos
Justin Tate
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m no Trump fan, but let me offer this bit of optimism: if we have to have a Republican in the White House, he might as well be so dysfunctional that nothing is accomplished. Barring the frighteningly real possibility of accidental nuclear war, I’d much rather an incompetent lunatic than a competent one.

Imagine how much evil Mike Pence could accomplish with majorities in the House and Senate. Now that’s true terror. And we’ve seen how craftily he can lie to our faces—even when literally everyo
Montzalee Wittmann
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 ...more
Diane S ☔
2.5 I had to read this, felt compelled too, especially after hearing that the White House was trying to stop publication, and that the publishers recently printed on additional 700,000. What could possibly be in this that they were trying so hard to keep everyone from knowing. Well, the answer is, not much that I didn't know, or at least expect. Many things in this book had already been leaked and written about in various news sources. Though there is more in-depth background provided to many of ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book, hotly anticipated, doesn't offer a new look at the nascent Trump presidency so much as it offers a more narrative guided tour to an historically bizarre global event still in the making. This book feels like it would be best for anyone who has been watching politics with one eye or not much at all, and wants a refresher on why the white house is in the state it's in. For those of us who have been watching politics with both eyes horrifyingly open, the effect is more of a consolidation ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, non-fiction
An ok read but I feel this is a book that has been hugely hyped by the media and certainly not the explosive read it has been labelled.

This book has been described as an explosive and shocking insight into life within the White House since Donald Trump became Presisent of the United States. I wanted to read this book as Ireland has a close and important relationship with America and decisions made in the While House not only affect the United States and its citizens but the rest of the World w
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."
- Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, 5


Presidential books are tricky things. Their sources, often D.C. profess
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in preserving the U.S. as a democracy, everyone interested to avoid a WWIII
Today, April 29, 2018, I finished reading the above book. So this is now the completed, updated version of my review. If you have already read my preliminary review, please don’t miss reading the update following the initial text.

This book has been criticized for being sloppily written and consisting mainly of unproven rumors. Well, I definitely have read books of higher literary value. I could not honestly say that I like the writing style of this book. There are lots of badly constructed, conv
In the days following, that highest political state of being "in the room" was turned on its head. NOT being in the room - in this case, the forward cabin on Air Force One - became an exalted status and get-out-of-jail-free card. "It used to hurt my feelings when I saw them running around doing things that were my job," said Spicer. "Now I'm glad to be out of the loop."

OKAY. Well. I didn't know what to expect going into this book. Perhaps I would be filled with ire that Wolff was slandering peop
Always Pouting
Oh dear how do I even go about reviewing this book. I know politics is something we all get fired up about so I just want to say that anything I say is my own personal opinion and I'm totally open to alternative perspectives if someone wants to respond in the comments, but if you're just going to call me a libcuck or whatever don't bother. I was actually pretty excited to read this and put a hold on it over on my library through overdrive and even though I have a huge pile of work, I decided to ...more
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Michael Wolff is an American author, essayist, and journalist, and a regular columnist and contributor to USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, and the UK edition of GQ. He has received two National Magazine Awards, a Mirror Award, and has authored seven books, including Burn Rate (1998) about his own dot-com company, and The Man Who Owns the News (2008), a biography of Rupert Murdoch. He co-founded ...more

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