With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time
The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous—and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.
In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations:
— What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him
— What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
— Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
— Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room
— Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing
— What the secret to communicating with Trump is
— What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers
Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
Had the illegitimate president not throw a tantrum over this book I probably wouldn’t have read it. Neither would a lot of other people come to think of it. But because I hate President Shithead, I decided to read it. It wasn’t as explosive as I expected. Maybe because I watch the news all the time during the work week now. However, the book pretty much solidified my hatred for anyone who works for Trump’s Shit House.
Note, I’ll be using the word shit frequently throughout the review since the US’s so called not so eloquent president likes to use the noun/descriptor and I thought I’d you’d know take a page out his book (oh, wait he doesn’t know how to read-even Wolff said he’s quasi illiterate).
Anyways, as far as gossip is concerned this isn’t that extraordinary. It’s obvious to anyone after listening to Trump talk or reading his Tweets that he’s a moron. It’s obvious based on his policies and rampant executive orders that he has no sense of how the United States government works. And based on his appearance, you know he’s been hitting the Mickey D’s too hard. What was the most interesting thing to me about Fire and Fury was how fractured the Shit House is.
Or the fact that Steve Bannon was stupid enough to interview with Wolff and not think that Trumpy Dumpy and Co weren’t going to catch on.
To the first point, it is clear from Wolff’s book that everyone in that place has a motive and no one is loyal to Trump. Well, save for maybe Hope Hicks. But I don’t know if she’s really loyal to Trump or Jarvanka. Either way she’s one sad Hufflepuff.
The rest or are inept Slytherins.
Seriously, a bunch of dunderheads that give Salzar’s house a bad name.
Bannon was the most heavily featured of these inept snakes. At times it felt like Wolff was trying to have him be the “Everyman” protagonist but it sort of failed because anyone who has seen Steve Bannon on cable news knows that he’s more like a anamorphic slug than a hero.
Note, has an anamorphic slug ever been the hero in any book before this? This is something I need to look up…but not today since I have a review I must write.
Regardless of how Bannon and some degree Wolff try to make him seem like an Everyman clearly Steve Bannon is NOT. In fact, areas where I felt that Bannon and his hateful rhetoric needed to be dived into more they weren’t (cough, Charlottesville, cough). The fact that the book tries to state that Richard Spencer, Milo, and other alt righter weren’t like Bannon or Trump has me SMH.
Anyways, it’s very easy to tell from the narrative that Wolff talks out of both sides of his mouth. Honestly, his narrative reminded me a lot like Joe Scarborough with the way liberals were constantly trashed and the Russian conspiracy was dismissed. True though, he was interviewing Trumpeters, but it’s still a little annoying when you see an investigation with two guilty pleas and two indictments be downplayed in parts of the book.
And speaking of Joe Scarborough, this book further solidified my hatred for him. The book once again shows that Joe talks out of both sides of his mouth, and thought of himself as a Trump unofficial strategist of some sort. To be fair though, that’s how most of the
characters individuals were that Wolff interviewed.
It was sort of laughable about how transparent their motivations were.
According to Wolff there are three factions in the White House
Big Stevie’s: And the rest of the alt right assholes of Brietbart. Note, that also includes Little Stevie who wrote the God awful ban.
Jarvanka: Trump’s precious little family who try to act like they’re Kate Middleton and Prince William and fail epically. Oh, and it’s quite obvious that they’re scared out of their mind that Mueller time is going to hit them eventually (one can only hope).
Rancid Preibus and the rest of the GOP: Who have pretty much become lapdogs for Trump as long as he’ll sign their disgusting tax bill.
The book doesn’t cover the tax bill though. It only goes up to the point where Big Stevie is fired, again giving credence that the book was really about Bannon’s Shit House not Trump’s Shit House.
Honestly, Trump is more or less the character that its talked about but rarely seen. Besides the Mickey D’s in bed and getting lost in the Shit House with his bathrobe on, and Ivanka talking about his Cheez Whiz hair, there’s really not that much direct interaction with Trump. In fact, I think Grimace from Mickey D’s had more interaction with Trump than Wolff.
It might be because he’s not really running things. And from the book it didn’t seem like anyone was running things, even though they all think they are. And that’s what scares me the most about this dumpster fire of an administration.
It is no secret that I voted for Hillary Clinton and that I would do so again in a heartbeat if she ran again (though, I doubt she will). The reason is epitomized in this book. Hillary Clinton was anything but incompetent. She knew what she was doing. She was a policy wonk. And you could as well expect her White House would be organized and ran on a tight ship. Exactly the opposite of Trump whose shit house seems to be in a constant incompetent Game of Thrones-ish battle minus the decent acting and fake blood.
It’s not a way to run a country by any means. And if Wolff’s account is even half true it scares me to death. The executive branch is being ran by literally no one. Sure, the overgrown toddler is technically in charge but not really. All his minions think they’re in charge but they aren’t. Really, it’s a shit house full of hubris.
Overall Rating: A B. I mean, it was relevant but it’s definitely not going to be a reread by any means. I’ll probably hold on to it and loan it to my friends, but honestly had Trump not threw a childish fit about this one I doubt it would be getting the attention it is.