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The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it.

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. 

©2018 Bob Woodward (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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Nothing groundbreaking

Some interesting points, but very patchy, as it seems very detailed on some aspects of the Trump presidency, while numerous other aspects are largely ignored. Perhaps this reflects the sources available. I didn't think any of the content was particularly revelatory, as much of the insight is already fairly well known.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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balanced and the text is served well by narration.

enjoyed it. As much as anything else it is actually somewhat balanced and doesn't exaggerate the importance of various debacles. some of the witnesses do seem self serving Linsey Graham being the prime example. There is little that is unbelievable in this based upon Trump's public behaviour.

29 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Jo
  • 14-09-2018

Not just slinging mud

When others wrote books about the Trump administration, I wasn't particularly interested, as nothing in their selling of their books took away my assumption that it was going to be about gossip and/or score-settling. But when Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward announced his book, I sat up and paid attention, as this would surely be offering credible insights based on thorough investigation — and indeed it does.

Woodward doesn't merely scratch surfaces, but dives in deep. Thankfully for lay people like myself, he also takes his time to explain matters. Nevertheless, his book provides such an information overload, that after I finished listening to the audio version of Audible, I went straight back and started listening to it again... there is just so much – mostly baffling – information to take in, and still I find myself having to rewind regularly because I'm having a 'Wait, what? Did I really hear that?!' moment yet again.

This isn't a mere mud-slinging exercise; in fact, I would argue that at least in parts it shows Trump in a better light than Trump tends to show himself to be. Moreover, anything in this book that could be perceived as criticism, doesn't appear to be levied solely at Trump, but seems directed at plenty of others as well – including Trump's predecessor Obama and his administration.

I'm sure this book isn't the final one written by Bob Woodward; it's possibly not even his final work on Trump. I look forward to any future instalments.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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must have

a clear and precise account of the madness in the white house, a must read for anyone.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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just another day

Wasn't a fan of the narrator but worth a read. National secrets laid bare for all

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent.

A genuinely balanced look at Trump in office. One comes away, much to one’s surprise, with a higher opinion of Trump. In some instances.

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Five stars?

Well, of course. A fascinating insight into the “workings” of the Trump Presidency. I recommend this audiobook. Jim Clarke

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Impartial, but not complete.

Unlike previous more scandal driven accounts this appears to be a relative objective descriptive account. Trump doesn't come off like a toddler - but as a president out of his depth who doesn't understand government or large organizations and who has no interest in fixing any of that. There were parts of the presidency that were underplayed as it focuses very much on what's going on in the White House itself. So for the effect that Trump's rhetorical style is having was very much out of scope. As such although it comes across as the least problematic of the recent batch of White House accounts, it does not seem to be a complete representation of this presidency as a whole.

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fake news-it ain't.

excellently written then read. it delivers a crushing narrative of a ship that!s full steam ahead that simultaneously has no fixed course. interestingly I felt sorry for an individual who is so obviously out of his depth but I had no sympathy for a fool that was unable to rely upon Wise counsel that surrounded him.

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All Americans should read this...

Before they vote next, all Americans should read this! The only positive for Trump is that Mr Mueller doesn't appear to have anything substantive on him..

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  • 23-09-2018

Nothing groundbreaking

Some interesting points, but very patchy, as it seems very detailed on some aspects of the Trump presidency, while numerous other aspects are largely ignored. Perhaps this reflects the sources available. I didn't think any of the content was particularly revelatory, as much of the insight is already fairly well known.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • David W.
  • 12-09-2018

balanced and the text is served well by narration.

enjoyed it. As much as anything else it is actually somewhat balanced and doesn't exaggerate the importance of various debacles. some of the witnesses do seem self serving Linsey Graham being the prime example. There is little that is unbelievable in this based upon Trump's public behaviour.

29 of 36 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Story
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  • Jo
  • 14-09-2018

Not just slinging mud

When others wrote books about the Trump administration, I wasn't particularly interested, as nothing in their selling of their books took away my assumption that it was going to be about gossip and/or score-settling. But when Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward announced his book, I sat up and paid attention, as this would surely be offering credible insights based on thorough investigation — and indeed it does.

Woodward doesn't merely scratch surfaces, but dives in deep. Thankfully for lay people like myself, he also takes his time to explain matters. Nevertheless, his book provides such an information overload, that after I finished listening to the audio version of Audible, I went straight back and started listening to it again... there is just so much – mostly baffling – information to take in, and still I find myself having to rewind regularly because I'm having a 'Wait, what? Did I really hear that?!' moment yet again.

This isn't a mere mud-slinging exercise; in fact, I would argue that at least in parts it shows Trump in a better light than Trump tends to show himself to be. Moreover, anything in this book that could be perceived as criticism, doesn't appear to be levied solely at Trump, but seems directed at plenty of others as well – including Trump's predecessor Obama and his administration.

I'm sure this book isn't the final one written by Bob Woodward; it's possibly not even his final work on Trump. I look forward to any future instalments.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • daniele belussi
  • 13-09-2018

must have

a clear and precise account of the madness in the white house, a must read for anyone.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • AimasTrading
  • 21-09-2018

just another day

Wasn't a fan of the narrator but worth a read. National secrets laid bare for all

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jason
  • 14-11-2018

Excellent.

A genuinely balanced look at Trump in office. One comes away, much to one’s surprise, with a higher opinion of Trump. In some instances.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Blane Field
  • 08-11-2018

Five stars?

Well, of course. A fascinating insight into the “workings” of the Trump Presidency. I recommend this audiobook. Jim Clarke

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • dot_stockport
  • 05-11-2018

Impartial, but not complete.

Unlike previous more scandal driven accounts this appears to be a relative objective descriptive account. Trump doesn't come off like a toddler - but as a president out of his depth who doesn't understand government or large organizations and who has no interest in fixing any of that. There were parts of the presidency that were underplayed as it focuses very much on what's going on in the White House itself. So for the effect that Trump's rhetorical style is having was very much out of scope. As such although it comes across as the least problematic of the recent batch of White House accounts, it does not seem to be a complete representation of this presidency as a whole.

  • Overall
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Grumpy Scot
  • 05-11-2018

fake news-it ain't.

excellently written then read. it delivers a crushing narrative of a ship that!s full steam ahead that simultaneously has no fixed course. interestingly I felt sorry for an individual who is so obviously out of his depth but I had no sympathy for a fool that was unable to rely upon Wise counsel that surrounded him.

  • Overall
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ian Carnew
  • 31-10-2018

All Americans should read this...

Before they vote next, all Americans should read this! The only positive for Trump is that Mr Mueller doesn't appear to have anything substantive on him..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2018

Nothing groundbreaking

Some interesting points, but very patchy, as it seems very detailed on some aspects of the Trump presidency, while numerous other aspects are largely ignored. Perhaps this reflects the sources available. I didn't think any of the content was particularly revelatory, as much of the insight is already fairly well known.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • David W.
  • 12-09-2018

balanced and the text is served well by narration.

enjoyed it. As much as anything else it is actually somewhat balanced and doesn't exaggerate the importance of various debacles. some of the witnesses do seem self serving Linsey Graham being the prime example. There is little that is unbelievable in this based upon Trump's public behaviour.

29 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jo
  • 14-09-2018

Not just slinging mud

When others wrote books about the Trump administration, I wasn't particularly interested, as nothing in their selling of their books took away my assumption that it was going to be about gossip and/or score-settling. But when Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward announced his book, I sat up and paid attention, as this would surely be offering credible insights based on thorough investigation — and indeed it does.

Woodward doesn't merely scratch surfaces, but dives in deep. Thankfully for lay people like myself, he also takes his time to explain matters. Nevertheless, his book provides such an information overload, that after I finished listening to the audio version of Audible, I went straight back and started listening to it again... there is just so much – mostly baffling – information to take in, and still I find myself having to rewind regularly because I'm having a 'Wait, what? Did I really hear that?!' moment yet again.

This isn't a mere mud-slinging exercise; in fact, I would argue that at least in parts it shows Trump in a better light than Trump tends to show himself to be. Moreover, anything in this book that could be perceived as criticism, doesn't appear to be levied solely at Trump, but seems directed at plenty of others as well – including Trump's predecessor Obama and his administration.

I'm sure this book isn't the final one written by Bob Woodward; it's possibly not even his final work on Trump. I look forward to any future instalments.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • daniele belussi
  • 13-09-2018

must have

a clear and precise account of the madness in the white house, a must read for anyone.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • AimasTrading
  • 21-09-2018

just another day

Wasn't a fan of the narrator but worth a read. National secrets laid bare for all

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jason
  • 14-11-2018

Excellent.

A genuinely balanced look at Trump in office. One comes away, much to one’s surprise, with a higher opinion of Trump. In some instances.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Blane Field
  • 08-11-2018

Five stars?

Well, of course. A fascinating insight into the “workings” of the Trump Presidency. I recommend this audiobook. Jim Clarke

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • dot_stockport
  • 05-11-2018

Impartial, but not complete.

Unlike previous more scandal driven accounts this appears to be a relative objective descriptive account. Trump doesn't come off like a toddler - but as a president out of his depth who doesn't understand government or large organizations and who has no interest in fixing any of that. There were parts of the presidency that were underplayed as it focuses very much on what's going on in the White House itself. So for the effect that Trump's rhetorical style is having was very much out of scope. As such although it comes across as the least problematic of the recent batch of White House accounts, it does not seem to be a complete representation of this presidency as a whole.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Grumpy Scot
  • 05-11-2018

fake news-it ain't.

excellently written then read. it delivers a crushing narrative of a ship that!s full steam ahead that simultaneously has no fixed course. interestingly I felt sorry for an individual who is so obviously out of his depth but I had no sympathy for a fool that was unable to rely upon Wise counsel that surrounded him.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Carnew
  • 31-10-2018

All Americans should read this...

Before they vote next, all Americans should read this! The only positive for Trump is that Mr Mueller doesn't appear to have anything substantive on him..