Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
Robert Petkoff – Narrator
Audiobook - Duration: 12:20:19
Published September 11th, 2018
by Simon & Schuster Audio

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it.

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.

My thoughts…

I’m happy that I listened to Fear on audiobook, if I had to read it in print I would have taken many breaks. Fear does not read like a gossipy exposé; all the events are thoroughly explained in detail and it was interesting enough to hold my interest.

Trump is portrayed throughout the book to show a lack of understanding on economic strategies and how they affect domestic and global markets. He is extremely unpredictable and will say and do anything to remain a popular public figure. It was disturbing how little honestly and loyalty he has within his team. The dysfunction at the White House is shown as everyday business as the staff manages the President. They must remind him of important facts and information daily, just to have him ignore their suggestions.

“Cohn and Porter worked together to derail what they believed were Trump’s most impulsive and dangerous orders. That document and others like it just disappeared. When Trump had a draft on his desk to proofread, Cohn at times would just yank it, and the president would forget about it. But if it was on his desk, he’d sign it. “It’s not what we did for the country,” Cohn said privately. “It’s what we saved him from doing.”
― Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House

“Another strategy was to delay, procrastinate, cite legal restrictions. Lawyer Porter said, “But slow-walking things or not taking things up to him, or telling him—rightly, not just as an excuse—but this needs to be vetted, or we need to do more process on this, or we don’t have legal counsel clearance—that happened 10 times more frequently than taking papers from his desk. It felt like we were walking along the edge of the cliff perpetually.”
― Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House

There was some interesting material in the beginning, but not much of anything new. Most of the facts presented in Fear have already been reported on the evening news or published in daily newspapers. If you believe the sources within the book and what is written, Trump is an arrogant self-absorbed liar.

For this review I will not share what I think of President Trump, I am keeping my opinions to myself.

“All the air seemed to have come out of Tillerson. He could not abide Trump’s attack on the generals. The president was speaking as if the U.S. military was a mercenary force for hire. If a country wouldn’t pay us to be there, then we didn’t want to be there. As if there were no American interests in forging and keeping a peaceful world order, as if the American organizing principle was money.”
― Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House

“Next, Cohn repeated what everyone was saying: Interest rates were going to go up over the foreseeable future. I agree, Trump said. “We should just go borrow a lot of money right now, hold it, and then sell it and make money.” Cohn was astounded at Trump’s lack of basic understanding. He tried to explain. If you as the federal government borrow money through issuing bonds, you are increasing the U.S. deficit. What do you mean? Trump asked. Just run the presses—print money.”
― Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House

Happy Reading –


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