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Siege: Trump Under Fire

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  3,216 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Michael Wolff, author of the bombshell bestseller Fire and Fury, once again takes us inside the Trump presidency to reveal a White House under siege.

With Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff defined the first phase of the Trump administration; now, in Siege, he has written an equally essential and explosive book about a presidency that is under fire from almost every side. A stunn
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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H.M. Ada
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A behind the scenes look at Trump's bizarre and increasingly unhinged second year in the White House. It's easy to dismiss a lot of the tidbits in this book, such as that Trump wishes he hadn't given Don Trump Junior his name, that he didn't want to visit his own recently born grandchild in the hospital, or that he makes fun of anyone with a mustache and his own dad, Fred Trump, who routinely belittled and humiliated him, just happened to have a mustache. But for worse or worser, these items are ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye


"Fire and Fury", the predecessor volume to "Siege", was published in January, 2018, and led to the departure of Steve Bannon as Trump's chief strategist.

In the acknowledgements for this volume, Michael Wolff states that Bannon was "the most clear-eyed interpreter of the Trump phenomenon I know."

After his departure, Bannon had less immediate access to what was occurring within the White House, but was still able to offer insightful commentary on what could be observed from the o
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
Heard about this book on #PoliticalTwitter, and I see Trump supporters are already one-starring this baby in anticipation of its release.

FIRE AND FURY was a decent book but kind of badly-edited ("pubic appearance" instead of public appearance was one notable typo) and it lacked a list of resources in the back. I'm hoping this one comes across as more professional, as then it'd be a little harder to discredit.

Someone find a way to make this fall into my hands, and I'll review the shit out of it.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where Fire and Fury was all sly innuendo and fun gossip with a dose of holy crap this man is an idiot, Siege paints a far grimmer picture of not just a man but a family so venal that the Office of the President of the United States of America has essentially become a booth in a flea market for all sorts of influence peddlers and lobbyists. The picture painted here is of an Office that was once the most highly regarded position in the world brought so low by not just the person occupying it, but ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: us-politics
I didn’t finish Robert Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House because it read like a string of anecdotes. In contrast, Michael Wolff’s earlier book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House gave a cohesive portrait of the Trump administration’s culture. While he is not embedded, in "Siege", Wolff further perfects the Woodward genre.

The Introduction gives a portrait of Trump that holds throughout. The chapters are topical; most of them named for people but expand.

There is a lot more here th
May 29, 2019 marked it as to-read

“A President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. ... Charging the President with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider."
Robert Mueller

Michael Wolff will be under fire, for sure. Because the indictment "documents" just don't exist, and Mueller has just resigned from the Department of Justice, so he may return to "private life".

These are terrible news for Jarrold Nadler. No Mueller testimony in Congress.



Henry Holt will publish Michael Wolff’s new book Siege: Trump Under Fire on June 4. The book is a sequel to Wolff's 2018 bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which went on to sell more than a million hardcover copies, according to NPD BookScan. Stephen Rubin, Holt’s chairman, bought the book from Andrew Wylie of the Wylie Agency. John Sterling, the editor of Fire and Fury, will edit the new book, which is embargoed until publication.

Fire and Fury launched book publishing's Tru
Chris Esposo
Have you watched the news on a semi-regular basis over the past 2 years? Have you ever read the president's tweets? And lastly, are you modestly intelligent and can make simple inferences based on what you watch, read, and listen to? If the answer to all those questions is yes, then 95% of the information in this book will either already be known to you, or you will have guessed it as much.

What of the other 1/20 bits of data found in this book that may be new? Wondered what Trump affiliated lawy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfic, politics, audio
What a contrast that was with Woodward’s book. Instead of high-level leaks and national security, Wolff’s Siege is just pure gossip.

And that makes for an entertaining read. The guy does know how to write.

There’s Karen Pence drama, Giuliani’s drinking, and behind-the-scenes family scuffles at Fox News.

For the most part, this book is comfort food for the resistance. The president is always portrayed as a total idiot, and there’s a certain reassuring satisfaction in having that confirmed. Apparent
Not as informative as Fire and Fury.
This is mostly high class gossip.
Chump is Putin's bitch🤷🏽‍♀️
Carla Bayha
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I made it through Chapter 13 ("Trump and Putin"-Helsinki, oh my!), and then my hay feverish eyes gave out for the day. For understanding Trump and his crazy train, this is better than Wolff's earlier book (or Woodward's, or Comey's). In the first 12 chapters at least, Wolff has surfaced forgotten stories, and given new information on the Pences, Guiliani, McConnell, and the Trump family. With one of the most respected editors in the book business and a squad of fact-checkers, I haven't even foun ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political junkies
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
I think I'm suffering from Trump fatigue; I found that I couldn't immerse myself in this second book by Michael Wolff about Donald Trump like I did when I read his first book. This time around I found myself easily distracted by other things than reading, which isn't a good sign. Of course, I know how the story ends so far...

I did find it interesting that apparently no one who works for Trump can stand him. Wolff claims that Kelly Ann Conway can't stand him even though she keeps standing up for
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though I found Wolff's first 45 tome, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, extremely informative and fascinating, the daily barrage of garbage coming out of the current administration had wearied me to such a point I despaired of tackling this sequel - but am glad I rallied. Like the first book, it is both compulsively readable, gossipy (yet poorly copy edited) - and largely composed of material any savvy follower of politics either already knew or suspected.

This volume, much more
Susan (the other Susan)
DNF because I read a spoiler: The President is a knuckle-dragging, Nazi-loving asshole.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, if only 1/2 or 1/4 of the *facts* stated in this book are really true - be afraid, be very afraid. Yikes!
Tom Walsh
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting, but not for the reasons you think.

I assumed that in this book Wolff would follow the same furrow of tabloid gossip he plowed in Fire & Fury. The tidbits of gossip are scattered throughout the work but it’s really a very different exposé. The Resistance can find plenty of evidence of Trump’s madness, stupidity and greed uncovered during his two years. The Administration is shown to be as chaotic as expected and filled with even more liars, thieves and fools than we thought. Whether
tasya (the literary faerie)
I would like to thank Pansing for sending me a copy of Siege: Trump Under Fire by Michael Wolff in exchange for my review.

In this book, Michael Wolff lays bare about Trump's demand in wall standoff, the government shutdown, Kavanaugh's testimony, Trump's North Korea strategy, Mueller report, and so much more. The harsh reality is that we live in a world flooded with wannabe leaders. If you would like to know the full throes of scandal and crisis that were enclosing the White House then this is t
Robert P. Hoffman
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Some observations.

First, I should but I cannot resist these books, it is like crack cocaine.

Second, Wolff is an excellent writer, capable of telling compelling stories.

Third, no one should place any credence on anything Wolff says. Reviewers have noted the many mistakes he has made. I think the stories he tells about what Trump said or did are plausible but completely untrustworthy.

Fourth, it remains astonishing that Trump has survived all that he has survived. It is easy to forget all the thin
Marco G
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down. That is about as good a sign as I can give for how much I enjoyed a book. It is probably not for everyone. It is a book that contributes to the partisan nature of politicks of today. Lots of quotes but no named sources. Will it be a political classic a la Bob Woodward's work? I don't know. But it is a really interesting chronological encapsulation of the two years of Trumps presidency. And it is dark, purulent and depressing.

It ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, so I
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Over the coming years, the Trump administration will be one of the most confusing to study for historians. Nobody knows what the heck is going on. Trump's chaotic managerial style is difficult to trace. Also there is the fact that nobody will be able to trust what is often thought of as primary sources: journalists. They've proven to be not only inaccurate, but flat out liars.

This book is supposed to recount the second year of the administration, and the Russian collusion investigation. However,
Megan O'Neill
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Honestly, it’s probably only a 2.5-star book as far as writing and content (because it’s certainly not groundbreaking or telling anyone anything they don’t already know about the utter circus that is the 45th Administration), but it’s getting 4 just because it pleases me to know that it would irritate 45. (Insert shrug emoji here.)
Alan Teder
Bannon Snipes From the Sidelines
Review of the Henry Holt & Co. hardcover edition (June 2019)
He has no idea what can happen, no f***ing idea. Totally la-la. He thinks Nancy Pelosi is an annoying elderly lady rather than a steel-tipped bullet aimed directly at him. - Steve Bannon as quoted on pg. 270 of Siege

Siege: Trump Under Fire is currently (as of mid December 2020) the 8th most top voted book in the Trump Tell-alls List on Goodreads, which has the somewhat shocking current total of 226 books.
I enjoy Michael Wolff’s books and articles but I know he has credibility issues. “Siege” may as well have been written by Steve Bannon. But I do think Bannon provides color and some accurate descriptions of Trump. Problem is, Bannon has an agenda and I can’t discern truth from fiction in his telling of the Trump saga. Boring and modest he is not. Bannon claims he was still able to influence and manipulate Trump after he was fired (through Hannity, among others). Trump is his weapon against the e ...more
Patience K Phillips
DNF... Although some of the details are new I'm not finishing this book because oftentimes the author, Michael Wolf appears to speak for people. To me this is hearsay and bias.

What I've learned over the years is... unless I hear it from the horse's mouth it's probably not a talking horse...

Meaning, I'm finding memoirs from people way more convincing to the integrity of a story. I can see where the term #fakenews comes from in the context of this book. Even the appearance of false statements is
Chris Sosa
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Let's start with the good. "Siege: Trump Under Fire" has less of a draft manuscript feel than "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." I didn't catch overt glaring factual errors akin to the "NSC" mix-up in "Fury." And the book is a lot of fun, mixing a tabloid style with a reporter's eye.

"Siege" also benefits from Michael Wolff's confounding level of continued access to Trump World players. That anyone with even a passing connection to Trumpism would want a thing to do with Wolff followi
Pam Cipkowski
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Michael Wolff continues where he left off with Fire and Fury, his first expose into the disastrous comic opera that is Donald Trump's white house. Siege details Trump's second year in office, with more jaw-dropping details about the pathetic goings-on at the top levels of our government during this administration. Wolff had an eager whisperer throughout this installment in the form of the ostracized Steve Bannon, who provided him with much of the bathroom fodder detailed here, so you have to tak ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-presidents
Too much Steve Bannon, full of his monologues and crazy theories. "Trump Under Fire - as told by Steve Bannon from his hotel room watching Trump on TV". ...more
Jill Meyer
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Michael Wolff's newest book in his Donald Trump series, is called "Siege: Trump Under Fire". It is basically the story of President Trump's second year in office, beginning February 1, 2017. Wolff's first book, "Fire and Fury" was the accounting of Trump's campaign and first year in office. And as with the first book, if you're a Donald Trump fan, you won't like the second.

A book review on Amazon is supposed to focus less on the material than on the writing style and impact the book can m
Thomas R.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a must read for everyone, it highlights how Trump and his Administration are crushing our Democracy. It explains why There was a Government shutdown, it explains the World wide Right Wing power play. Wolff had people in The Trump Administration telling him things that they hoped would stop Trump from hurting our country. It explains why there has been so much turmoil and why so many people leave the Administration. It is very timely because it explains the Mueller Report and why the ...more
Jane Porter
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“22 months to grill a ‘nothing burger’.”

Great writing, interesting sources. Really enjoy Wolff’s style of writing. Can recommend for anyone into WH and partisan politics, in addition to ‘Fire and Fury’.
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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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