Fire & Fury:
Inside The Trump White House
Genre of Book: Political Non-Fiction
The Story Begins
That’s more than 11 hours on this story… and what a story it is.
What I found most interesting about Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House was the behind-the-scenes look at how decisions were made.
It’s kind of horrifying.
We’ve all seen and read the mainstream news reports on decisions being made in this current regime.
What Fire and Fury accomplishes is the fly-on-the-wall look at exactly how these decisions were made.
What seems to be undeniable is how much Trump leans on his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared for advice.
Nearly every major decision the White House made in the first 9 months of the term, especially in regard to key staffing positions, was heavily influenced by Ivanka and Jared.
Fire and Fury focuses on the first 9 months of Trump’s reign. This insider look comes from the author himself, Michael Wolff. He’s also a journalist who was asked by Trump to hang out at the White House and sit in on meetings.
Apparently, Trump thought this would be a great way of getting out first hand accounts of how well he was doing in his first year. Another obtuse presumption.
Fast & Furious Leaks
Wolff shows us in great detail how many of the top staff positions were made. This includes hirings and firings.
Wolff confirms the truth that information leaks were fast and furious, as they still are, coming from this administration. Everything we heard through the media is backed up in this book.
I don’t believe this book is ‘fake news.’
Wolff’s account of meetings and overheard comments jives with what was reported publicly.
When Wolff wasn’t in a meeting taking notes he stood outside and waited for the players involved in those meetings to come out.
Sometimes Wolff would [easily] over hear comments of what had just occurred in the meeting. Mostly because it seems no one was that discreet with their opinions.
When he wasn’t over hearing conversations he was talking to the players directly. Bannon especially seemed to be willing to grant him discussions offering [venting] his take on the situation.
A Title For Entitlement
What’s especially troubling is how blatantly Trump and his closest aides used their influence as incoming and eventually sitting political higher ups to further their business interests.
The sense of entitlement is shocking.
And when I say closest aides I mean his family members.
I was watching an internet based news show call TYT Network and one of the hosts mentioned how she thought Ivanka had married her father when she married Jared.
She made the point that both have many failed business ventures, they are both real estate developers and both carry significant debt.
Having said that it seems this entitled attitude will be this administration’s downfall.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team are currently investigating Trump and his cronies.
Mueller has been tasked to see if [prove] they have broken laws regarding the constitution, finances, business and political campaigning etc.
The behavior of Trump, his sons, Jarvanka and Trump’s lawyers during the campaign and during his first few months of the term were outrageous.
The Man For The Job
Fire and Fury reveals much of this behavior as it played out in the White House during the transition and in the first few months.
Obviously, Robert Mueller and his team were not interviewed at any point for this book. However, his investigation into Trump’s illegal dealings did start during this time.
Probably one of the most prolific sources of information for Wolff about the Trump administration is Steve Bannon. Bannon was Trump’s White House Chief Strategist for the first 6 months of the term.
He left on bitter terms and mostly, according to the book, at the urging of Jarvanka. The nickname “Jarvanka” was coined by Bannon himself. He felt the first daughter and her husband were a duo who acted as one to support Trump.
The book reports how Bannon and Jarvanka often butted heads, even more so than he and Trump.
Wrapping Up This Book Review Fire and Fury
If you are a Trump fan you won’t like this book or the book review Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
However, if you can see what’s happening with your own eyes and believe most of what’s being said in the mainstream media then you’ll appreciate what Michael Wolff has done in this book.
It’s a long read, but I listened to 11 hours of it online. It’s definitely worth it if you’re curious. I know I certainly was. 🙂
Here is another link to the Fire & Fury audiobook on Audiobooksnow.com
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