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Fear: Trump in the White House

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  59,263 ratings  ·  6,816 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Simon & Schuster
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Deb M. It is quite evident you have never read a Bob Woodward book. Woodward is the master when it comes to writing about the goings on in the White House. H…moreIt is quite evident you have never read a Bob Woodward book. Woodward is the master when it comes to writing about the goings on in the White House. He began as an investigative journalist and has written 18 books about American politics. You might want to check out Woodward's credentials before writing this book off.(less)
Victoria It faithfully documents all the f-bombs and other milder language but the narrator is always perfectly proper and composed.

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Betsy Robinson
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About a quarter of the way through this comprehensive history of everything leading up to the election of Trump and all the current events, Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs who is the president’s top economic advisor, attempts to explain our economy to Trump. He brings him copious research and data and finally makes it as simple as possible by asking: which would you choose—to go into a mine and get black lung or to make the same salary doing something else? He is attempting to i ...more
Will Byrnes
…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Inaugural address – March 4, 1933
Real power is—I don’t even want to use the word—fear. - Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump in an interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on March 31, 2016
FDR was correct. The fear that gripped the nation in the Great Depression may have had a basis in reality, but acceding to that fear could have hindered any attempts to make the dire economic situation better. Would Roosevelt f
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s Bob Woodward. How do you think Trumpworld will react? Woodward is methodical, precise, and willing to hold anyone to account, regardless of political stripe.
Michael Ferro
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unlike FIRE AND FURY, Bob Woodward's work is backed by the validity of two Pulitzer prizes and numerous accolades for his inscrutable reporting. One of the key men responsible for helping to shed a light on (and bring down) Nixon and his atrocities, I can think of few other journalists who are needed more in our modern political realm than Woodward.

That said, FEAR scared the shit out of me. Move over, Stephen King, Bob Woodward has written the most terrifying book in years. Never has it been so
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
“Cohn realised that Trump had gone bankrupt six times and seemed not to mind. Bankruptcy was just another business strategy. Walk away, threaten to blow up the deal. Real power is fear.”
Donald Trump is probably the most divisive President in US history and has created a polarised nation between those believing he is honestly and strategically playing a role to achieve gains for the US, and those who think he’s destructive, stumbling from one, sometimes self-imposed, incident to
Bill Kerwin
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it

The thing you should know about Woodward and Bernstein is that Woodward was never much of a writer. No, Bernstein, he was the writer. Choosing the right word, arranging the facts in a persuasive array, concluding with a rhetorical flourish: these are contributions Bernstein made that gave the work of Bernward and Woodstein its sophistication, its polish.

Of course, Bernstein was a heck of a reporter too, but the two of them were different. Bernstein was mercurial and intuitive; Woodward was indef
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have decided to embark on a mission to read a number of books on subjects that will be of great importance to the upcoming 2020 US Presidential Election. Many of these will focus on actors intricately involved in the process, in hopes that I can understand them better and, perhaps, educate others with the power to cast a ballot. I am, as always, open to serious recommendations from anyone who has a book I might like to include in the process.

This is Book #31 in my 2020 US Election Preparation
I don’t read many non-fiction books, and almost never politics, let alone foreign politics. But more than two years of slavishly, horrifiedly(!) following a spectrum of US news sites and tweeters has changed that.

First, I read and reviewed Fire and Fury (my review HERE), as one of the early headline-grabbing books of Trump’s regime.

Then, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (my review HERE), as it was refreshingly fun, and with a good, positive message. And much later, but in a slightly similar ve
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
If Bob Woodward's latest book doesn't put a little fear in your heart, then you're not paying attention.

I'm a Watergate kid. I grew up with the Watergate hearings on our television - along with Vietnam, of course - every single day. We knew who John and Mo were and Senator Sam and the entire mesmerizing, horrifying bunch. But the pair we knew best were Woodward and Bernstein. To me, they were heroes who met in dark alleys to get the scoop and had the power to bring down the president! Of course
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally Goodreads members review a book using non-conventional criteria to protest bad behavior by the author on the site, or to protest the author or the author’s subject. One star because they hate the author or their subject. Five stars because they love the author or their subject.

My review is not that kind of review. Otherwise stated, my rating should not be conflated with an endorsement for or a demonstration against Woodward or Trump.

Instead, this is simply a book review.

Reading t
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
I have to say, I'd enjoyed Michael Wolff's book much more than this one. Simply because it was so much easier for me to indulge in Wolff's narrative of chaos and stupidity.

What Woodward's serves up here is harder for me to accept. The gist? The president gets what he wants and has plenty of enablers and supporters who will make any of his wants come true. I don't know how others see it, but it's clear to me the real pushback Trump ever got had to do with tariffs and South Korea. Yeah, his staff
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The ghost of Richard Nixon prowls the halls of the White House and pauses in front of the portrait of Kennedy.

He’s at it again, you know, that little s*** Woodward. Can’t leave well enough alone.

What’s that you say? He’s a journalist? Ha! He’s a journalist the same way I’m a Fuller brush door to door salesman. He’s a hitman, out to get those in power.

Sure he made coin on my misadventures, now he’s got his crosshairs on Trump. Yes, I know, there’s some truth to it, but he’s also a muckraker from
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Since All the President's Men there really hasn't been a Woodward book I've enjoyed. I once owned a bunch of his Clinton, Bush books, but I found them obnoxious and DC proximity porn. While I think some of the information gleaned by Woodward for this book is worth the proximity porn, I still don't like his style. I'm also not a fan of the actual writing of this book. It doesn't flow.

Does it convince me more that Trump is a danger, an idiot, self-absorbed, reckless, without a moral compass, lack
i am going to read the hell out of this book (as soon as it is beamed to my kindle).
Michael Perkins
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Never forget....


They all knew....

“It is not necessary that people be wicked, but only that they be spineless.”

― James Baldwin


I am not a Trump defender. Quite the opposite. But this story is better suited as a Philip K. Dick novel come to life, that would truly capture the insanity of what's happening. I have written some of that story below. But first a word about the puzzling Woodward book. A missed
Michael Burnam-Fink
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
Fear is the establishment's answer to Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. Where Wolff is a gossip rag arsonist who relied heavily on Steve Bannon's version of events, Bob Woodward is, well, he's Woodward. He took down Nixon and has written books on every subsequent president. Fear relies on hundreds of hours of transcribed interviews on deep background, and reading between the lines its easy to huess his sources are mostly "responsible adults" who have left the administration: Priebus, Porter, Cohn, ...more
Sep 30, 2018 added it
I'm not finished. I'm coming back to it. But for the moment, I hate this narcissistic sociopath so much that it's actually causing me anxiety to read about him. Hopefully, when he's fitted for his orange suit, this will be easier reading. ...more
Diane S ☔
Another audio I started eons ago, but at that time I had read Fire and Fury and another about the same subject. Frankly, I was sick of reading about him at that time, still am, but in my efforts to clear my audible shelves, I started over with a grin and bear it attitude. Not that there's anything wrong with it, the narrator was good and Woodward a respected journalist. It was well presented, but anyone who reads the news or watches it knows almost everything inside. Since I have been fearful si ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
What's most shocking about “Fear: Trump in the White House" is that none of it is shocking. Anyone who has seen Trump in action should not be surprised by many of the horrifying revelations in this book. What is absolutely shocking, however, is the fact that his behavior is common knowledge among those in power in D.C. Yet they allow the biggest national security threat we face to continue to occupy the Oval Office, which violates their oaths to defend and uphold the Constitution.

After reading
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“Can you come with me up to New York?”
“For what?”
“To see Donald Trump.”
“What about?”
“He’s thinking of running for president.”
“Of what country?”

If you have ever bothered tuning in to the fake news, or read any failing publication or interacted with another human being in the past few years at all, nothing contained within the bindings of Fear will be new to you. I’m not a “let’s talk politics” on social media type of person and I’ve
Ian "Marvin" Graye

Liar, Liar, House on Fire (The Moronic Inferno)

This study of the first fifteen months of the Trump White House is relatively sober, compared with the earlier, more sensationalist book by Michael Wolff.

Wolff compiled an enormous number of unflattering character assessments/ assassinations of Trump, whereas Bob Woodward seems to have been more focussed on policy issues and the disputes that surrounded attempts to progress Trump's political and legislative agenda.

That said, there's a sent
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
more dirt on the dirtiest creep to ever occupy the whitehouse... thank you bob!!!


rofl, lol, lmfao, hahahahahahahahahaha, etc....

say it with me - "coup d'état! coup d'état! coup d'état!"


it's gotta be John Kelly


early reviews of the book are... good?
This was extremely readable. I listened to this on audio yesterday. It was interesting enough to hold my interest all day. I briefly paused, started a new book I also like but in the end returned to listening to this and finished it.
This isn't my first book on the 2016 Election, chump's campaign or presidency. I've read: Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Mewman, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hacks by Donna Brazile, and Unbelievable by Katy Tur. Most of the
Nadine Jones
I had zero interest in this book until POTUS started a tweetstorm about it last night. Well, now I HAVE to read it. Do you ever wonder if that's actually his goal? Maybe Trump is the Master of reverse psychology. Maybe he hates the Republican Party. Maybe he was actually tired of the USA dominating the world stage and decided to bring it down by exploding from within ...

**** UPDATE (now that I've actually read the book):

The reality was that the United States in 2017 was tethered to the words
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Most of the interesting bits of this book have already been revealed in news stories. The book confirms that Trump is a dumb, ignorant, narcissistic, arrogant and mean liar. We already knew that, but his followers don't seem to care. I doubt that this book will help much. When you populate each branch of the government with people who lack integrity, compassion and decency, the checks and balances system won't work. However, at least this author has better credentials and more credibility than o ...more
Andrew Smith
I’m always somewhat sceptical about books written by investigative journalists concerning political figures, particularly when they don’t feature conversations carried out directly with the politician himself or herself. What’s the agenda here and what are the political inclinations of the journalist? But this book is penned by Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was at the centre of the Nixon Watergate exposure. Surely Bob wouldn’t make it up – would he? And the blurb with t ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not really sure where to begin with this book. It's a solid 3.5 read for me and a lot of that has to do with the fact that a good portion of the information covered in this book follows events that were hashed out via the media. What makes it more intriguing is that readers have the opportunity to see a lot of the emotional responses to Trump's first couple of years as president. The emotional responses come from both Trump and his cabinet.

One of the most important connections that I made w
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It's almost worth reading the entire thing just for the last sentence, which is the biggest non-spoiler ever: The president is a F%&*ing Liar.

These are the things this book reveals that we already could have guessed:

1. Our president watches a lot of TV and gets his information and opinions from TV pundits. At one point, he overrules one of Kelly's hires because Lou Dobbs says mean things about her. When he's not watching TV, he's playing golf.

2. The president has no to-do list and only pays a
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

Bob Woodward

In this book, Bob Woodward paints a picture of President Trump as a narcissistic bully who belittles people, has little grasp of foreign affairs, and follows the tenets of right-wing firebrand - and former Trump campaign strategist - Steve Bannon, who has three major objectives:

- Stop mass illegal immigration and start to limit legal immigration.
- Bring back manufacturing jobs.
- Get out of these pointless foreign wars

President Trump and Steve Bannon

Woodward also describes a White Ho
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bob Woodward reveals the details of life inside President Donald Trump‘s White House. He has written precisely about how Trump has made decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward has drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the debates and decision making in the Oval Office, the situation room, Air Force One and the White House residence with Trump’s most trusted advisors.

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Robert "Bob" Upshur Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. While an investigative reporter for that newspaper, Woodward, working with fellow reporter Carl Bernstein, helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation. Woodward has written 12 best-selling non-fiction books and has twice contributed reporting to efforts that collecti ...more

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