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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10,235 ratings  ·  1,607 reviews
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation's capital.
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Twelve
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Leo Walsh No. I think it's multiple people writing as one. The author hints at this by saying this is like THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, written by Alexander Hamilton,…moreNo. I think it's multiple people writing as one. The author hints at this by saying this is like THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. Those papers were composed as a team, but published under the name Publius anonymously. (less)
Ann Clay I don't think so. This guy says he's a political appointee. The whistle blower is a U.S. intelligence agent working inside the WH. I suppose whistle b…moreI don't think so. This guy says he's a political appointee. The whistle blower is a U.S. intelligence agent working inside the WH. I suppose whistle blower could be an undercover agent, but I doubt CIA would let him publish a book like this.
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Maru Kun
Oct 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Looking forward to seeing how many "1 star" ratings this gets before it's even published from new Goodreads members who have never read any other books.
Ben Haskett
I am pleased to report that this book is NOT a simple chronological blow-by-blow of Trump's campaign, inauguration, and presidency. Honestly, it's bad enough to live through it in real time. (It was painful to read through it in Michael Wolff's Fire & Fury , and it was something close to torture to read it again in Bob Woodward's Fear .)

Instead, A Warning uses Cicero's criteria for leadership to run through various events in Trump's presidency like a time traveler. One minute, staff membe
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Adam Shinners
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I challenge all Senate Republicans to read this book. Preferably before the next round of hearings.
Will Byrnes
He was like a 12-year-old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport. This was not how it was supposed to be.
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In the history of American democracy, we have had undisciplined presidents. We have had incurious presidents. We have had inexperienced presidents. We have had amoral presidents. Rarely if
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Donna Backshall
This book blew me away. Sure, for the message, but absolutely for the writing.

For something purported to be so hastily written, this work was positively eloquent. In A Warning we have relevant literary references, intelligent insight and truly artful phrasing. And yes, we also have a cautionary message from someone in Trump's own camp that few can (or should) ignore. But back to that delivery: a very educated someone totally nailed it.

We aren't supposed to distract from the message by trying to
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Matt
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
As the political circus in the United States continues to reach its five-ring splendour, many people look on and shake their heads. There is another incarnation soon to come in the form of a presidential election by the end of this year, which will surely be as intense and full of mud-slinging, as well as a peppering or racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic sentiments in the guise of ‘saying what everyone is thinking’. But, what can you expect when the purported leader of the Free World has no se ...more
Brad Galloway
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could put a copy of this in the hand of every American. It is a rather bleak and sobering look at the presidency of Donald J. Trump, and more than anything makes me pray that he is ousted from the office in 2020. The author points out all the reasons we need a new president, whether it's another Republican or Democrat, we really can't afford another 4 years of this man in the office.
Faith
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This book didn’t tell me a thing that I didn’t already know about Trump, and the author is no better than the other mealy-mouthed apologists and enablers who are willing to work for him and support him, despite the fact that they know what a despicable human being he is and what ruin he is bringing to the country. His only solution is that we should all vote for someone else next time. That’s a big help. What we need is someone with the courage to make a huge, noisy exit from this administration ...more
Lynn
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most frightening books that I have read in a long time. Stephen Kings has got nothing on “Anonymous”. At least King writes fiction.

The author doesn’t reveal anything that we don’t already know about Donald Trump; he just puts it all in context, especially in terms of his being POTUS. His impulsivity, his lack of knowledge about how governments run; his sense of entitlement, his vulgarity, his lack of a moral center, his refusal to have intelligence briefings, his making decis
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Jean
The book is well written. The basics of the book provide no new information, but there are new insights about the inside workings of the Trump White House. I must admit I attempted to unmask Anonymous as I read, but to no avail. The author uses the rules of leadership and compares Trump to the standard rather than write a chronological accounting. I came away with the feeling things are much worse than I thought and will not be easy to correct. The book is well worth the read.

I read this as an a
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Lorilin
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, politics, memoir
I received A Warning in the mail this afternoon and devoured it within a few hours. The book is written by a senior official in the White House, we don't know who. It's written well--very matter of fact but also engaging. Honestly, I thought it was going to be a book directed more toward liberals, but I was surprised to find that it's much more a book written for Republicans by a Republican--kind of a plea to rethink what the party stands for.

The book is divided into eight chapters:

Chapter 1 tal
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John
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
"A Warning" is a strange mix of common sense, confirmation, and partisan propaganda that, oddly, feels like an expanded op-ed piece written by an outsider. I'm not saying the author isn't a "high ranking White House official," only that his or her fear of being outed means that there is virtually no insider information to be found within these pages which, let's face it, is the main reason why most of us are reading it in the first place.

To get this out of the way: The author claims the reason f
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Lisa Vegan
I’m really glad to be finished with this book. It was not entertaining and it was traumatic reading it even though it didn’t contain a significant amount of new information for me. Reading it was particularly painful for me because not only was I having to immerse myself in all things Trump, someone I have always considered to be a unique threat, but I had to read the author’s opinions throughout and, except for his low estimation of Trump, I doubt I agree with him on much. Engaging in civil dis ...more
Laurie Duncan
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary read

Nothing really new in this book but it is an exceptionally clear and precise summary of all that is wrong with Trump. Hard to believe he was elected and even harder to believe it might happen again in 2020
Tom Quinn
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
A tell-all that arrived after all had already been told.

3 stars. DNF for the sake of my blood pressure. I won't dwell on the circumstances surrounding this title here. As books go it is adequately written. It tells what I regard to be facts with a measure of philosophical grandeur. It succinctly explains fundamental Republican and Conservative American principles and recounts the ways Donald Trump does not embody them. I can't imagine it will change anyone's mind, but I can believe writing it ea
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Mike
Dec 01, 2019 rated it did not like it

Update, 10/29/20: Anonymous is finally revealed, as...some guy I've never heard of.

Why does this book exist?

...That at any rate was my first question, though it wasn't long before my attention was distracted by a news story. Or at least I think it was a news story. I became aware of it, that is to say, without any agency or conscious wish on my part- presumably through the noosphere, if that's what we're calling it these days. An American couple from Indiana adopted a little girl from Ukraine wh
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Bill Kerwin
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it

Many questions whirled through my mind while I was reading this book, but the one that never left me was: who exactly is “Anonymous” ’ desired audience anyway? This self-styled member of the “steady state”—that small group of insiders determined to keep the U.S. on an even keel despite the erratic behavior of our ill-equipped president—having realized that their three-year’s effort has become a fruitless exercise, now pleads with the people of the nation to defeat Donald Trump at the polls.

So wh
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Charlie Hasler
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read 3 books regarding Trumps presidency. I have to say I found this to be certainly the most sobering.

I, like most people, hold my head in despair in the way Trump conducts himself and embarrasses a great nation. A cheap inept gangster bully has hijacked the oval office and in turn made such a respected position, held by so many inspiring individuals, into nothing more than a mental asylum housing a tweeting man baby.

I honestly believe and fear as a British citizen he is no longer just A
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Christopher Pufall
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got my copy today and blazed through in one sitting. Fascinating and well-written, and regardless of one's opinion on publishing anonymously like this, it represents a valuable call-to-action and addition to current political and civic discourse, regardless of affiliation.

There are also some laugh-out-loud analogies sprinkled throughout that lucidly illustrate the painful absurdity of the situations and their impacts on governing and on the citizenry.

So much of the book rings true by lining up
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Donald Powell
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: government, biography
If one has paid any attention there is nothing new in this book about President Trump. The best part was the Greek History. The people to need to read this book most likely will not read it. Many of the platitudes and historical references are points well made. The author obviously is either a good researcher, a history buff or both. The conservative bent comes through loud and clear. What most conservatives fail to even consider is that there are some things which are just wrong. Compromising o ...more
Elle
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
You know what, I went into this wanting to be thoughtful and diplomatic and not let my own personal feelings color my review of this testimony on the current administration. I’ve been slowly chipping away at it, reading a chapter or so at a time. There’s just SO much news constantly smacking us in the face that I couldn’t consciously decide to relive those moments again in excruciating detail for much longer than that.

So anyways, down the rabbit hole I went, with my ‘Both Sides!’ shirt on and m
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Jill Meyer
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The identity of the "Anonymous" who wrote "A Warning", will probably be identified before too long. Certainly, the person who wrote this book, an expose of his time in the Trump White House, is giving away the secrets Trump and his associates would like to keep hidden. Much of what he exposes is scary - Trump's finger is where it definitely shouldn't be.

If you don't like Donald Trump - or are terribly scared of him - you'll like this book. If you like Trump, nothing here will change your vote in
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Dan Graser
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And here it is, the big "scandal" book of year, and for the most part, it lives up to the hype in terms of the depth of examination it brings to the current administration while also at times falling short. It is certainly true that there isn't much genuinely "new" in this book, beyond what all sensible people of every political persuasion understand about the preposterous little man-child we currently have as president and his administration: it's in shambles and that long-dead fish rots from t ...more
Wendelle
There's a bit of prevailing hypocritical inconsistency to the motivations of this book. The author claims his/her main reason for penning this book is to 'warn' voters of the 2020 cycle about the real character and temperament of Donald Trump. The author then insists that the voters have to take the initiative and control in the choice and the evaluation of the next President, and that they cannot rely on unelected government officials and bureaucrats to be the 'bulwark' cordoning the President' ...more
Anne Wilson
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Most of the book has anecdotes and demonstrations of President Trump's behavior and personality that was already public and documented; and there wasn't as much insider information about the people within the administration the author refers to as the "Steady State" - working to keep the president in check. That being said, it is a deft analysis, drawing on historical parallels and allegories.
Bettie
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as wish-list
Shelves: published-2019

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27th Nov 2019: Anonymous White House official who authored "A Warning" talks anonymity and impeachment in Reddit AMA forum: The anonymous White House official who authored a New York Times op-ed and upcoming book criticizing President Donald Trump and his administration participated in a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") forum on Tuesday. Among their statements: "Trump will hear from me, in my own name, before the 2020 election."


7th November: Maddow has an ARC and she read out exce
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Onceinabluemoon
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for those that value america, nothing new, except the heart break is real, I pray our nation steps up for decency, kindness, intelligence, cohesiveness and a true moral compass.
Donna Hines
Once again here we are wondering how did we ever get ourselves into this mess?
What were the moments that allowed someone so wrong to enter our most highest office of the land?
What can we do to alter the current situation and how can we move forward from this state of chaos?
What I enjoyed was the mere look into a person who has been termed to be suffering from many different issues one of which is a personality trait disorder.
I cannot diagnose from afar based on the Goldwater Rule but I can tell
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Maris
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, that was a sobering read.

On the one hand, it’s difficult to read this and not be frustrated that this anonymous senior official in the Trump administration, who is incredibly intelligent and articulate, did not see the writing on the wall prior to Inauguration Day. On the other hand, it is precisely this point that makes their words carry so much weight. To their credit, they take responsibility for being a Trump Apologist who waited too long to speak out. And there are plenty of reminder
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Joanne  Clarke Gunter
Against my better judgment, I read this book. A more appropriate and descriptive title for it could be "Profiles in Thinking About Courage".

The author claims to be a senior White House official and he/she certainly knows a lot about government and the protocol and procedures of a normal government and is fond of quoting Greek, Roman, and American history. But this is no normal government and Donald Trump is no normal president. The entire book discusses the author's first-hand witnessing of the
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