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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  56 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, 272 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Twelve
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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
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 members are
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.
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as wish-list
Shelves: published-2019

- Tit-Bits (1886)

7th November: Maddow has an ARC and she read out excerpts on her show. Maybe she should read the audiobook like she narrates as Vesper Fairchild in Batwoman!
Book: Trump recklessness sparked W.H. 'five-alarm fire drills': Rachel Maddow shares some of the first excerpts from the forthcoming book "A Warning" by an anonymous author described as “a senior official in the Trump administration,” describing the challenge of briefing Donald Trump in pictures and sound bites, and the
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
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.
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
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 ...more
Cindy Woods
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sobering expose!

I had a difficult time deciding on a title for my review after finishing the book. Much of what I have read here is not a surprise.

The character of President Trump and his ability to cause such division in not only the government entities in Washington DC but in the people of the United States is serious and striking especially in a nuclear warfare age. Our enemies are without and within while we bicker and our leader fans the flames of discord. We do not have our eye on the
Kurt Pankau
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fascinating. Allegedly written by a senior member of the Trump administration, it’s a book that has surprisingly few surprises. The author addresses their own anonymity right off the bat, insisting that the most pressing concern is that the message not be conflated with the messenger. As such, there’s not a ton of palace intrigue in here. I’m not going to speculate about who the author might be (we’ll all find out in a few years, I’m sure), but we can glean a few things. They’re ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, own, politics
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
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The survival of our democracy is not inevitable.”

For those who have been following the news, “A Warning” by Anonymous, contains few startling revelations about the Trump presidency. Instead, the book builds upon the author’s eyewitness insights as a self-described “senior official in the Trump administration” into the chaos and instability of the administration, and how people within the administration are working to keep the president’s worst impulses in check.

Be assured, the author is a
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
Bruin Mccon
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to give accolades to anonymous for this book. Not because we don’t actually know who he is, but rather because he really only gives one of two shitty choices: a sycophant or a silent abettor.

For a while I thought it might be Vice President Mike Pence, but I highly doubt Pence would author a book that drops several F-bombs. It is a rather intellectual book that examines the meaning of character and quotes ancient philosophers. This would also rule out Pence as the author. I do think
Brad Kent
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’ll be interested in some commentary on this book because I don’t know that I can catch everything that’s really new, but on first reading I didn’t see much. Mostly this is a restatement of what we already know about Trump: he’s vulgar, incurious, self-involved and at least authoritarian-curious. He shouldn’t be president. Exactly how much credit should we give the author (or group of authors!) for binding these things together in yet another book without attaching their name(s) to it? The ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grabbed off a to-shelve rack at the library--and once you start reading, it's hard to stop.

The anonymity of the author isn't really a problem--other than the unremitting nature and level of the chaos and destruction happening daily in the Oval Office, nobody's spilling state secrets in this book. Which boils down to: Donald Trump cannot be contained. 'We' thought we might restrain him, but clearly he's too nuts. He can't be re-elected. It's too dangerous. So do something, America.

The political
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
While providing some specifics of the continuing chaos of the Dumbtruck Whitehouse, the cowardly author adds little new to our understanding. The most amazing part of the book comes at the end, where he suggests that voters should vote for third party candidates rather than either the Democratic or Republican candidates, whoever they should be. Eh? The author does not explain how that might be effective, given the ten or eleven choices typically listed. While claiming to be an internal force to ...more
Robert Kingett
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF. I couldn’t finish it, but not for the reasons you may think. There’s absolutely nothing new, shocking, unusual, strange, jaw-dropping, or, well, shocking, about the events outlined in this book. Nothing, at all. If you read mainstream media then you will know everything in this book. The only thing that made this somewhat a valuable read was the direct historical comparisons. The author compares a lot of historical figures and events to our current time period, clearly demonstrating how ...more

I'm Australian, without a dog in this political fight. Take politics right out of this for a second. This is frightening stuff. The stories told in this book - some we knew, some we didn't, all through the lens of someone high-up in the Trump administration - are absolutely frightening, given they paint the picture of a man, aside from any of his other personality traits, hugely and severely unfit for the office he occupies.

Imagine aides having to cull a briefing note on
Katy St. Clair
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well the word "scathing" comes to mind. Those of us who follow the president closely won't find many revelations here but we will find justification for our worries and anger. The author is indeed conservative and anyone who considers themselves such should have the courage to read this. I did find myself questioning some things. The author insists that he doesn't think the president is a racist, then he painstakingly outlines several racist things he did and said, lambasting Trump for them. He ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF. Look, I'm no fan of Donald Trump. He says enough stupid, outrageous things to fill a book (see what I did there?). He says so many stupid, outrageous things that you don't have to deliberately misunderstand the ones that are just not well-phrased. For example, when DT tweeted "NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part)," it is perfectly obvious that ...more
Elly Sands
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very clear well written book. I read it in 2 days. As others have said there is basically nothing real new in here but I liked the author's approach. He/she certainly has had a close up view of the chaos in the White House. I could write a million words trying to understand how this Trump presidency ever could have happened but this author pretty well sums it up . Trump is a sympton of this country's divisive time. Between reading this book and watching the hearings I'm "Trumped" out! ...more
Andrei Barbu
Nov 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
A collaborator attempts to whitewash their actions and pretend, likely to themselves, that they aren't propping up an evil machine. Anyone lacking self awareness while serving a callous and destructive leader could have written this generic and bland book as a way to soothe their conscience. If Trump is the danger that the author claims he is, and the book is very inconsistent on this, claiming at times that Trump would never leave office while at other times that we should support him as the ...more
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
Mayra Cruz Ortega
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book, nothing new.

The book pretty much rehashes all we've already heard about the current resident in the White House.
The author at times sounds like your average right winger like when he credits only a GOP Congress and not President Obama for the economic advances during his tenure, but only blames Trump for the astronomically growing debt, as if a fully Republican Congress had nothing at all to do with it. On the other hand, the author goes deep into why we need to learn to work together
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Must Read To Save Our Democracy

This book provides all my assumptions about the Trump Presidency. It actually made me nauseated and scared as an United States citizen to know what our President has done and is on a road to destroy our country of its democracy. My prayer is that others read this book and take a stand against this narcissistic lunatic man to bring our ethical beliefs in our democracy back instead of destroying them. I give the anonymous writer thanks for having the courage to
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Must read

This book should be read by everyone. This is not just another attack at Trump. This book is written by a conservative Republican. It examines what is going on in Washington from someone in the middle of it. He cautions both the Trumpsters and radical left. People he refers to as suffering from Trump Dérangement Syndrome (guilty as charged). It is a lesson in democracy. I challenge anyone to read this, regardless of your politics and not come away with some concern going forward. As the
Tamara Rakusan
Nov 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Warning is a hoax

There is nothing new in this book, all the problems of Trump White House described in this book have been discussed at length in the media over past three years. The author did not have to be a “senior administration official “ to write this book. Perhaps he was not. All he or she needed was to reread newspapers since November 2016. A better question is why any one published it. I guess it was the get me and other misguided souls to buy it. Minimal attention was paid to editing,
Stephen Power
Nov 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I could not be more interested in this book and I'm not just a Never Trumper but a Never Republican, but I have to say there's nothing in here I didn't know. What strikes me is that the author is so deep in the bubble nor have they left it that they don't realize that we've been looking into the bubble for three years and are aware of what's going on. None of this is a surprise, especially because details about who said and did what are lacking.
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