Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
by Michael Wolff
It’s a good thing I read The Book of Joy before this book … I keep casting my thoughts back, longingly, to that lovely book. This one I’m talking about today is such a contrast to that, but it’s an important book to read, nonetheless.
Dennis is reading it at the same time, but is almost finished. I’m lagging back, wanting to read it all, but finding it difficult, only because THERE’S SO MUCH IN HERE THAT WILL TOTALLY BOGGLE ANY SANE THINKING PERSON’S MIND!!! (And remember, I was prepared for reading this one by reading Fantasyland first. Still … I shudder.)
As I explained to friends … If we’d been told this book was fiction, it would have been hilarious, one of the funniest novels ever! Unfortunately, as it’s non-fiction, it’s absolutely, gobsmackingly frightening! It could never be fiction anyway, because you just can’t possibly make up shit like this!!! (And, coincidentally, after I wrote that last line, I read that Sean Spicer’s personal mantra had become, “You can’t make this shit up!”)
In a way, it’s kind of like seeing a massive train wreck happen right in front of you, one with large numbers of casualties and destruction … you can’t do anything yourself to stop it happening or to help survivors, but you can’t take your eyes away from the horror of it – all you can do is keep watching in shock, repugnance, and disbelief.
So, I persist … But it is an excellent synopsis of this past year – the only problem being that the year has been much, much worse in many ways than we ever realized. I’m only at February, 2017. Dennis keeps saying, “Every new chapter is more astonishing than the previous one!”
It’s definitely an important book, and not to be dismissed – especially by those who think that all it covers is gossip and “fake news” about Trump … when they haven’t bothered to read the book themselves. (The worst type of book censors, in my mind!!!)
Just one quote from the book:
This became a staff goal–to create situations in which he was comfortable, to construct something of a bubble, to wall him off from a mean-spirited world. Indeed, they carefully sought to replicate this formula: Trump in the Oval Office or in a larger West Wing ceremonial room presiding in front of a receptive audience, with a photo opportunity. Trump was often his own stage manager at these events, directing people in and out of the picture.
And now – I’m just about to begin reading the chapter titled, “Russia”.
But what frightens me most is that the last page of the book will read: TO BE CONTINUED …
(By the way, Michael Wolff’s writing is excellent!)