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Created by John Eipper on 01/25/19 2:44 AM

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Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" (John Heelan, UK, 01/25/19 2:44 am)

I have just finished reading Bob Woodward's book Fear:  Trump in the White House (2018), and found it fascinating with insights into the characters of the current Trump administration and the infighting for influence with the President that takes place.

Regrettably, much of the book confirms my discomfort with POTUS 45 as "Leader of the Free World." Further, it made me reflect on what might be one of the insidious challenges to democracy--the actions of unelected Special Advisers (SPADs in Westminster speak) lobbying for policies when they are also members of Government intimate family circles.

Well worth reading to understand the background of the major events of the current US administration. I recommend it!

See the various reviews:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/08/fear-review-bob-woodward-donald-trump

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/24/with-fear-and-trump-bob-woodward-has-a-bookend-to-the-nixon-story

JE comments:  "Fear" may be the best metaphor for the Trump government--fear both elected him and keeps him in power.  Fear also defines the daily culture of the Trump White House.  The Guardian review describes a president who "sucks the life out of his subordinates."

I haven't read Woodward's book, but might his goal be to go down in history as the guy who brought down two presidents?


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