Book review: Fear by Bob Woodward

Fear by Bob Woodward
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Source: Borrowed

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.

So far in 2018, I’ve read a number of political books:

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I think you probably get the point. 2018 has been a year of politics for me. Fear is a book that I was really looking forward to reading. (Apparently, so was the rest of the world, because my library alone has about 200 people waiting for a copy.) And I didn’t really like this one as much as I’d expected to… but then again, how much can you really like a book like this?

The thing is, I think most of us can agree that Trump’s presidency has been a disaster. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He makes bad decisions. He changes his story as he sees fit. That’s not really news, and I didn’t really need a 420-page book to tell me that. Unfortunately, at least to me, it seemed that these basic facts made up the majority of the book. It’s still worth a read and it’s still interesting enough (though it made me very sad), but I would have liked a little bit more from it.

That said, the book is entirely saved by its last sentence, in which Trump is revealed to be “a fucking liar.”


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