Book Review: Fear: Trump in the White House

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Veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, provides readers with an in-depth view of Trump’s first few years in office. He gives readers insight into many White House meetings, ranging from topics like immigration, tariffs, the soldiers in Afghanistan, and many more important issues. The book provides a detailed look at how Trump makes his decisions and what issues seem to be the most important to him. Another thing Woodward discussed in the book are the different ways that the Trump campaign team worked in order to make sure that he appealed to the American voters. Overall, Fear is a well written book that details Trump’s political life, starting with the 2016 election and following his political life up until late 2017, with some mentions of 2018 events as well.  

I liked that the book gave readers insight to different conversations that Trump had with various people. The dialogue was detailed and very insightful. The dialogue really brought the book to life and made it more interesting.  Another thing I liked about the book was that it provided reasoning behind why some White House staff ended up resigning and which issues ultimately lead to their resignation. I thought this was an important part of the book because the media sometimes speculates without knowing the reasoning behind why some people resign, so I think it is important to know the actual reasons behind why some people chose to resign.  

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One thing I disliked about the book was that it didn’t seem to follow any type of timeline. I feel that it may have been better if the book had been written in chronological order of events, instead of hopping all over the place. The book seemed to go from one event and then go to an event that happened before the previous event that was discussed. I feel as though the book would have been better and made more sense if it actually followed a timeline of events. Another thing I disliked about the book was that it did not explain the importance behind certain events. I feel as though the book would have been better if it had discussed the importance behind some of the discussions and topics talked about in the book.

I feel that the book would have been more enjoyable if it had discussed why certain discussions and events were important, since these details would have provided even more insight to the policies that were discussed throughout the book. I am not typically interested in politics, so I would have liked to know the reasons behind why some policies were being discussed and were deemed as important discussions.

Another thing I disliked about the book was that at certain points I feel that it did not have enough details for certain events. The book was very focused on conversations, which I felt helped make the book more interesting, however I think the book would have been better if it had provided more details other than conversations. The conversations provided great insight into different happenings within the White House, but I feel that more details would have provided even more and in some cases, better, insight into the events that were discussed.

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