There is nothing more divisive in the history of American politics than when Donald Trump ran for the presidency. His candidacy sparked negative emotions like fear and anger. And no one else has written about these fears in a better way than Bob Woodard.
Bob Woodward is a veteran in the field of investigative journalism. He has been at the forefront of political affairs as early as Nixon’s term.
Bob Woodward made a name for himself when he partnered with another reporter named Carl Bernstein and exposed their findings on the Watergate Scandal. It was a scandal that eventually led to the resignation of Nixon back 1974.
Today, Bob is an associate editor in The Washington Post where he has worked since 1971.
FEAR: Trump in the Whitehouse is not a work of fiction. It is the result of hundreds of hours of Bob’s interviews with key personnel in different branches of the government. The book’s focus is the presidency of Donald Trump and the decisions he makes in the Oval Office, the Air Force One, and the Situation Room.
Here are some key details about the book.
Title: Fear: Trump in the Whitehouse
Author: Bob Woodward
Editor: Alice Mayhew
Length: 420 pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: September 11, 2018.
The book is so controversial that even the President himself had something to say. Trump lashed out and said that it was just another bad book and attacked the author’s credibility.
The book paints a picture of a dysfunctional administration. And the colors that Woodward used are the interview sessions he had with multiple key personnel in the Trump presidency.
At length, the author framed what others could not say to the public—that the President is a liar and that he is a baby who has a nuclear bomb for a toy.
The book is an accumulation of stories, of facts, and of events that Woodward has now established as facts. The most engaging part of the book is when Bob pointed out how Trump’s aides were stealing documents from his desk.
This was never a practice in the White House.
These aides are unsung heroes. They stole these documents to prevent catastrophes that might befall the United States of America should they get to the wrong hands.
One of these documents pertains to a letter whose aim is to terminate the free trade agreement of the U.S. and South Korea.
This letter, when signed, could have led to a disastrous political rift between South Korea and the U.S. at a time when the two nations must stand firm to face the brewing evil of North Korea.
The aides stole the letter, hoping that Donald Trump’s short attention span might lead to him forgetting about it. They broke protocol, but they averted a crisis. Bob is smart enough to keep this letter.
The book also provides an apt description of the President’s mindset. It shows a man who wants to isolate the country in the guise of patriotism. Fear clearly explains how Trump wants to withdraw from wars and all trade deals.
Any economist worth his salt can spell the economic disaster that a decision like this can bring. With the United States heavily leaning on other countries for its manufacturing, Trump is essentially going to put an unnecessary burden to the country by eliminating the benefits of trade and outsourcing.
Bob also exposes the brutal truth about the administration’s lack of coherence. There are many instances of infighting. It highlights the impulsive decision-making skills of the president of the most powerful country in the world.
This is not just another book about Trump. This book does not border on opinions. The narration hinges on facts and accounts of people who worked closely with Donald Trump.
These stories are threads to the complex tapestry that Bob Woodard weaved. It shows us a glimpse to the inner workings of an eccentric leader sitting at the chair of power, in an office that has faced evil for more than a hundred years.
This book is a light that shines how Donald, the people-elect, belittles his aides—all of whom are serving the people of America.
It shows the reader how his senior advisers had to eat humiliation for breakfast and how courageous they stand to take it just to keep the administration from falling apart.
Some, however, are shown to stay and ride the storm of humiliation because they choose to grovel at the President’s feet.
They have ambitions that will never serve the people of the United States. They would rather stay in power than leave the Oval Office with dignity.