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Fear: Trump in the White House (utgåvan 2018)

av Bob Woodward (Författare)

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With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office.… (mer)
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Titel:Fear: Trump in the White House
Författare:Bob Woodward (Författare)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2018), Edition: 2nd, 449 pages
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Impeccable research .Woodward seems to be a fly on the wall of many meetings during Trump’s presidency. And Trump emerges as a bullying narcissist, who is unable/unwilling to read or listen. A man completely lacking in empathy, who believes that the only thing that matters is $$$$$$$ . This account isn’t The West Wing. ( )
  LARA335 | Feb 5, 2021 |
Quite the intriguing book, Trump is such a incompetent figures and seeing how his personnel has to keep him in check like a little child is frustrating.
I recommend this book for everyone who is interested in the backroom of politics. ( )
  wendy.reads | Jan 26, 2021 |
Fear: Trump in the White House is the Bob Woodward (yes that Bob Woodward) deep dive into the dysfunction of the Trump White House. Woodward produces a work that will be consulted by a generation of Presidential historians, chronicling dozens of internal battles within the Trump Administration.

As shocking as some of the stories are (and I admit, stealing documents off of Trump’s desk so that he doesn’t pull the US out of KORUS is pretty shocking), at the end of the day it is less revelation than detailing. If you’ve been following American politics for the past few years (as I have, rather obsessively), you’re rarely going to be surprised by anything in Fear. Trump is mercurial, idiotic, with no real attention span and a penchant for bullying. Decisions are made on-the-fly, haphazardly, without much foresight, often simply to produce favorable feedback on Fox News. There are a few interesting details – particularly with regards to Trump’s approach to the Korean Peninsula – but at the end of the day there’s nothing more damning than in any other news cycle.

While not a reflection on the quality of the work, I did find myself increasingly annoyed at Woodward’s writing style. (It’s a similar problem I encountered when going through Woodward’s The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House). Most (though not all) of the insights in Fear were gained through interviews, but Woodward does not clearly cite when a particular segment is being sourced to, say, an anonymous White House Senior Adviser. He writes in a very narrative style, which makes it an exceptionally readable book, but it also falls in the awkward gap between ‘news’ and ‘history’ and ‘oral history project’. Unlike an article in The Washington Post, for example, Woodward rarely writes “according to Source X”, which would allow the reader a better handle on the sourcing for each segment. Nor does he clearly state what degree of vetting he is subjecting a given interviewee’s recollections too.

This becomes a little problematic when it’s clear that the source for a segment is an interviewee, but it’s unclear if they’re the only source. Several of Woodward’s interviewees were obvious: Steve Bannon, Rob Porter, and Lindsey Graham (when the scene is Lindsey Graham alone with the President, it’s fairly easy to deduce what the source for Graham’s thoughts were), so it’s not like Woodward is protecting his sources through the obscurity. Often the segments read like interviews, except without the quotation marks. I tripped up a few times upon realizing that the omniscient third-person narrator voice was actually transcribing the opinions of ethno-nationalist Steve Bannon.

I felt this was particularly problematic in the chapters describing the interactions of John M. Dowd (Trump’s personal lawyer) and Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel. Dowd is one of the obvious interviewees of Woodward, and much of the narrative is told from his perspective. Mueller’s office has been almost notoriously tight-lipped, without one recorded leak, so when Woodward writes that “Mueller said” does the reader have any choice but to believe that the source of the quotes was actually Dowd? I would very much have liked to know if there were any additional sources for the pages of conversations between Dowd and Mueller, even if Woodward couldn’t name them. Instead we’re left wondering whether these scenes are simply the recollections of Trump’s own lawyer. Given how important these interactions are to understanding the narrative of the Trump Presidency (and Woodward’s own, somewhat confusing, trashing of the Steele Dossier as a “garbage document”), I can’t help but wonder if the readers are being strung along by an ex-Trump acquaintance. Probably not – I trust Woodward’s own investigative chops – but we’re left rather blindly trusting that Woodward’s research verified the exceptionally-partisan interviewees. ( )
  pvoberstein | Dec 14, 2020 |
I don't always agree with Woodward, but I respect his work and I am inclined to trust his report. This was the most competently written book on this subject by a mile.

It is not perfectly un-biased, but its probably the closest to un-biased we'll ever get. Because Woodward attempts to be impartial, detailed, and largely chronological, this is a dry read. Woodward spins no personal stories, doesn't use bombastic language or throw out conspiracy theories, and leaves it to the reader to make most of the conclusions. Woodward doesn't come off like he is trying to convince you. Instead, its like he dumps his notes in your lap and says "Make of it what you will."

Most of the information in the book I already knew in some form from the news and other books on the topic. Some have new detail, like how perilously close we have come to (and continue to teeter on the edge of) war with North Korea. No lie - this book cost me more than one night's sleep.

The picture painted of Trump is one we are all familiar with by now: an ignorant, stupid man that thinks himself clever and educated, a temperamental man that considers himself measured, a forgetful, easily confused man that thinks himself wise and memorious, and an easily-manipulated bigot that considers himself a paragon. At times, Woodward seems almost compassionate - Trump is a bumbling idiot out of his depth on a grand scale and on the world's stage. One could almost, almost pity Trump, were it not for the fact that every poor decision, every rejection of the basic facts of reality itself, has terrible repercussions for America and the rest of the world.

The real reveal in this book isn't how terrible Trump is. That is known. The reveal is just how much every single person in his orbit loathes and disrespects him, manipulates him, stymies him. It'd almost be a relief to us, if only those weren't the same people that continue to promote and enable him at our expense.

In short, we're fucked. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
This was extremely readable. I listened to this on audio yesterday. It was interesting enough to hold my interest all day. I briefly paused, started a new book I also like but in the end returned to listening to this and finished it.
This isn't my first book on the 2016 Election, chump's campaign or presidency. I've read: Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Mewman, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hacks by Donna Brazile, and Unbelievable by Katy Tur. Most of the previously mentioned books have also doubled as biographies for the authors, with the exception of Fire and Fury. They have been packed full of info about the author I could give zero fucks about and mostly unsubstantiated gossip about the candidate.
I give the most credibility to Donna Brazile who I think told a more narrow and focused tale.
I don't think HRC lied and am not trying to imply that. Her book was about her and not really the campaign as a whole.
This book for me gives the most complete picture of the chump Whitehouse. This does not read like an excited, gossipy, exposé at all. Instead we are taken through events that are thoroughly explained with participants that we are familiar with. The dysfunction of the white house isn't offered as shocking. It's offered as business as usual.
I don't know what to say. I'm not shocked. Chumps antics have made us all jaded. Actions that I once would've found unbelievable became common place long before chump formally took office. I think the world has normalized so many bizarre and embarassing presidential behaviors we've lost the ability to respond appropriately. It's just too much.
So we have the now standard image of the president being managed by his staff. Priebus stealing documents off the Resolute Desk in hopes that chump will forget. It works too. I want to point out that this is how my husband and I handle our toddler grand kids. When they aren't looking we take away obnoxious toys, hide them and hope they forget. That this strategy is successful with the president is humorous and horrifying in equal measures.
What stuck with me was members of his cabinet needing to every single day explain the exact same facts to this man. Only for him to ignore or refuse to look at the facts. His stubborn misunderstanding that the US is a service economy and manufacturing jobs aren't desired by the US workers.
He truly is unable to understand diplomacy. That's frightening. The book goes over how his personal or perceived personal relationships with other World Leaders impacts how he interacts with them. He is convinced President Xi of China likes him and is his friend. He doesn't trust or believe his own advisors over other world leaders. Other world leaders know this and use this knowledge to manipulate him. He's not intelligent at all and doesn't trust the smart people in his own cabinet. It's like a Mad TV skit.
Some advisors try repeatedly to explain why trade agreements and military presence are interwined. Others just do business around him and without consulting him. It's a mess.
He literally does not understand trade agreements or how our nation benefits from them.
He dislikes the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in and is extremely rude to him and even yells at him. He truly does not understand that the primary purpose of our military in South Korea is about the 7 second nuclear warning versus the 15 minutes later warning we can get from Alaska. Why in the world should or would South Korea pay us for that privilege?
He doesn't at all understand how business is even done in this country much less internationally.
He thinks the budget problems can be fixed by borrowing more money or just printing it.
He has the understanding of a toddler.
What this really brought home to me was how extremely corrupt the Republican Party is.
They are just robbing the candy store and taking important papers off this foolish world leaders desk in hopes he'll forget. They are managing him until they run out of patience or he gets mad at them for following the laws and established customs of the POTUS. He fires them for doing their jobs or they quit when they get exhausted from explaining the same thing over and over. The author describes the repetitiveness of this process as 'groundhog day' like the movie with Bill Murray.
Part of the problem is that chump believes he has the solution when he doesn't understand the question or issue. He stubbornly clings to his solution even in the face of facts to the contrary. He is confused and has a bad memory so he just makes shit up as he goes along. He is unconcerned and unfamiliar with the truth.
The very last line of the book is, "You're a fucking liar" in relation to chump.
I tend to give this book more weight than the others I've read. Woodward is a serious and credible reporter. Still I think it'll be at least 25 years or more before we get the real scoop about this presidential shit show. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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For page after dumbfounding page, Fear reproduces, with gobsmacking credulity, the self-aggrandizing narratives of factitious scoundrels. Didion was absolutely right to class Woodward’s work as fundamentally a kind of “political pornography.” But Fear is to Woodward’s previous oeuvre of political pornography what Fifty Shades of Grey is to Twilight: vampiric fan-fiction repackaged as middlebrow smut.
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Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump in an interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on March 31, 2016, at the Old Post Office Pavilion, Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.D.
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With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office.

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