So far in 2018, I’ve read a number of political books:
- Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
- What Happened by Hillary Clinton
- On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
- A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
- Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
- Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen
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.”