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.”
Have you read Fear? What’s the best political non-fiction you’ve read recently?
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