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Fear by Bob Woodward
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it was amazing
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An amazing book that reads very quickly and easily as a novel does. Except, there is little fiction here--except perhaps in the beliefs of Donald Trump and people like John Dowd. As I finished, I found photos, footnotes, source material by chapter and an index that added another 25% or so to the page count. So, no fiction on Woodward's part.

As for Trump, consider the old adage, "Don't confuse me with the facts, I already have my mind made up." In Trump's case, he is never confused with facts--he has his own and rejects all others. Here's a shortened quote from page 138.
“Mr. President, can I show this to you?” Cohn fanned out the pages of data in front of the president. “See, the biggest leavers of jobs—people leaving voluntarily—was from manufacturing.”
. . . .
Trump wasn’t buying it.
. . . .
Several times Cohn just asked the president, “Why do you have these views?”
“I just do,” Trump replied. “I’ve had these views for 30 years.”

You've undoubtedly seen many interviews or excerpts about the book. You've also read or heard about the many faults of Trump and the way his White House operates. Woodward offers chapter and verse on most of them, such as these (and many more):
---The chaos and the predatory relationship among staffers
---Trump's short attention span, unwillingness to read more than a few paragraphs
---His laziness, coming to work at 10:30 or 11:00 and not knowing what's on his agenda for the day despite a briefing book provided the night before.

The book also details all the legal battles, the effect of the Mueller investigation on Trump and much more. Like information that hasn't been detailed in the news. For example, the alliances of some staff members with others. Woodward also confirms stories like those in that anonymous Op Ed, about how some people kept stuff from Trump to protect the country.

My only disappointment is that the book had, by the necessities of editing and printing, stopped in March. But then, the news has covered so much more that's happened since. While Woodward has has provided details confirming many things already knew, he goes further in fleshing them out and giving us new stuff. Fear is a good title in many ways.
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September 6, 2018 – Shelved
September 6, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
September 6, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 11, 2018 – Started Reading
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September 16, 2018 – Finished Reading

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