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Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
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it was amazing

Do you stop to look at dumpsters that are on fire? I do. That’s why I gave this 5 stars. Let’s be real clear here: this isn’t a The Heart’s Invisible Furies 5-star kind of rating. Or, a One Hundred Year’s of Solitude 5-star kind of rating. This is pure trash but also completely compelling, jaw-dropping, cringey trash – enough to burn and provide energy for a small subdivision for an entire month. When I couldn’t get a hardcover fast enough, I bought the Kindle version so I could start killing brain cells immediately. In the rush to publish, the Kindle version is riddled with typos and print errors but it’s a reflection of the subject matter which is also – you guessed it – total garbage. Is it even fair to count this as nonfiction? No, probably. Is everything in here 100% believable? Yes, and that’s what makes it so scary.
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Michael Wolff
“Trump didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. If it was print, it might as well not exist. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semiliterate. (There was some argument about this, because he could read headlines and articles about himself, or at least headlines on articles about himself, and the gossip squibs on the New York Post’s Page Six.) Some thought him dyslexic; certainly his comprehension was limited. Others concluded that he didn’t read because he just didn’t have to, and that in fact this was one of his key attributes as a populist. He was postliterate—total television.”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff
“Bannon was making his first official pubic appearance of the Trump presidency,”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff
“Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian strongman, ably stroked the president and said, “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” (To Sisi, Trump replied, “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man.…”)”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff
“No one in the country, or on earth, has given less thought to health insurance than Donald,” said Roger Ailes. Pressed in a campaign interview about the importance of Obamacare repeal and reform, Trump was, to say the least, quite unsure of its place on the agenda: “This is an important subject but there are a lot of important subjects. Maybe it is in the top ten. Probably is. But there is heavy competition. So you can’t be certain. Could be twelve. Or could be fifteen. Definitely top twenty for sure.”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff
“Some seducers are preternaturally sensitive to the signals of those they try to seduce; others indiscriminately attempt to seduce, and, by the law of averages, often succeed (this latter group of men might now be regarded as harassers). That was Trump’s approach to women—pleased when he scored, unconcerned when he didn’t (and, often, despite the evidence, believing that he had). And so it was with Director Comey.”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff
“Of the many Trump gashes in modern major-power governing, you could certainly drive a Trojan horse through his lack of foreign policy particulars and relationships. This presented a do-over opportunity for the world in its relationship with the United States—or it did if you were willing to speak the new Trump language, whatever that was. There wasn’t much of a road map here, just pure opportunism, a new transactional openness. Or, even more, a chance to use the powers of charm and seduction to which Trump responded as enthusiastically as he did to offers of advantageous new deals.”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff
“In practice, the new foreign policy, an effective Trump doctrine, was to reduce the board to three elements: powers we can work with, powers we cannot work with, and those without enough power whom we can functionally disregard or sacrifice. It was cold war stuff. And, indeed, in the larger Trump view, it was during the cold war that time and circumstance gave the United States its greatest global advantage. That was when America was great.”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff
“He wasn’t serving up these insults for effect—well, not entirely. And his behavior wasn’t carefully calculated; it was tit for tat, and he likely would have said what he’d said even if no one was left standing with him. (This very lack of calculation, this inability to be political, was part of his political charm.) It was just his good luck that the Trumpian 35 percent—that standing percentage of people who, according to most polls, seemed to support him no matter what (who would, in his estimation, let him get away with shooting someone on Fifth Avenue)—was largely unfazed and maybe even buoyed by every new expression of Trumpness.”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff
“This—insulting Donald Trump’s intelligence—was both the thing you could not do and the thing—drawing there-but-for-the-grace-of-God guffaws across the senior staff—that everybody was guilty of. Everyone, in his or her own way, struggled to express the baldly obvious fact that the president did not know enough, did not know what he didn’t know, did not particularly care, and, to boot, was confident if not serene in his unquestioned certitudes. There was now a fair amount of back-of-the-classroom giggling about who had called Trump what. For Steve Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, he was an “idiot.” For Gary Cohn, he was “dumb as shit.” For H. R. McMaster he was a “dope.” The list went on.”
Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House


Reading Progress

January 5, 2018 – Started Reading
January 5, 2018 – Shelved
January 9, 2018 –
13.0%
January 11, 2018 –
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January 11, 2018 –
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January 11, 2018 –
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January 15, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 16, 2018 –
31.0% "Why am I slogging through this?! It's not like it's hard..."
January 16, 2018 –
41.0%
January 22, 2018 –
55.0%
January 25, 2018 –
73.0%

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Michael T yaaaay


message 2: by MC (new) - rated it 5 stars

MC And 92 highlights. Probably the most from any book I’ve read recently 🤦🏽‍♀️


message 3: by MC (new) - rated it 5 stars

MC Michael wrote: "yaaaay"

So, will you end up reading this?


Michael T For sure. In fact I already have started!


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