Fear: Trump in the White House. Finished audio 1-16-19, rating 4/5, truth, pub. 2018\
Unabridged audio read by Robert Petkoff
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. from Goodreads
I’m going to try and be as even-handed as I can be because Woodward went out his way to do so. If you love Trump and call everything that is negative fake news this is not the book for you. If you are on the fence about the man, liking some things and trying to ignore the rest, this is the book you need to read. It is not a hit piece. It is a methodical retelling of many moments at the White House in Trump’s first year or so. If you detest Trump, this book will reinforce why, but it will also humanize him a bit.
I’m not spoiling anything for anyone by saying that this book could have just as easily been called Liar. Every person in his administration that shows up in the book readily agrees. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the man obviously has a problem with the truth. Some people questioned whether he even knew he was lying or if it was just that much in his nature. He also has a real issues with facts and hard data that go against what his gut tells him. Seriously, he is making nuclear decisions based on nothing but opinions based on something he saw on TV.
I came away with adjusted views of the Ivanka and John Kelly (not in a positive way) and more respect for Cohn, Priebus and even Rob Porter. Woodward is a well-respected journalist who does a very good job with this one. My low opinion of Trump has not changed, but it was good to see that some sane people around him were trying to keep the country running (I should point out that all of these people are now gone).