Siege

Siege

Trump Under Fire

Book - 2019
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Michael Wolff, author of the bombshell bestseller Fire and Fury , once again takes us inside the Trump presidency to reveal a White House under siege.

Just one year into Donald Trump's term as president, Michael Wolff told the electrifying story of a White House consumed by controversy, chaos, and intense rivalries. Fire and Fury , an instant sensation, defined the first phase of the Trump administration; now, in Siege , Wolff has written an equally essential and explosive book about a presidency that is under fire from almost every side.

At the outset of Trump's second year as president, his situation is profoundly different. No longer tempered by experienced advisers, he is more impulsive and volatile than ever. But the wheels of justice are inexorably turning: Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" haunts Trump every day, and other federal prosecutors are taking a deep dive into his business affairs. Many in the political establishment--even some members of his own administration--have turned on him and are dedicated to bringing him down. The Democrats see victory at the polls, and perhaps impeachment, in front of them. Trump, meanwhile, is certain he is invincible, making him all the more exposed and vulnerable. Week by week, as Trump becomes increasingly erratic, the question that lies at the heart of his tenure becomes ever more urgent: Will this most abnormal of presidencies at last reach the breaking point and implode?

Both a riveting narrative and a brilliant front-lines report, Siege provides an alarming and indelible portrait of a president like no other. Surrounded by enemies and blind to his peril, Trump is a raging, self-destructive inferno--and the most divisive leader in American history.

Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250253828
Characteristics: xiii, 335 pages ; 25 cm

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2019

Many readers and critics have point out that Wolff's prime source is Bannon plus other named and unnamed sources, just as in the 2018 "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." Found many of the material too detailed and specific to be fictional. Besides, as in "Fire and Fury," Trump, his lawyers and friends from FOX etc have not disputed any of the book's direct quotes, events and material*** , especially the detailed salacious stories. You can't make 'em up folks, eye opener indeed.

***With the exception that the special counsel has denied publicly that the Mueller team, back in March 2018, drafted a proposed indictment of the president. Nonetheless, the book hit the mark on the unprecedented legal debate.

As on today's hot topics "Jeffrey Epstein the child sex trafficker" and "Are you a racist?," the book covers them. Here is Trump's self take on the latter (with named source):
Trump, speaking about his choice of women, had once told Tucker Carlson that he liked a “little chocolate in his diet.” Trump himself told a story about being ridiculed by friends for sleeping with a black woman. But the morning after, he had looked at himself in the mirror and was reassured that nothing had changed—he was still the Trumpster. He offered this anecdote to show that he was not a racist.

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dirtbag1
Jun 30, 2019

How do you make America great again by electing a family of grifters who have no plan?

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nelson1949
Jun 22, 2019

This book describes the chaos and disfunction currently going on in the Trump White House. Steve Bannon's voice is loud in this book so I suspect Wolff interviewed him extensively before he wrote the book. According to Wolff, Bannon simply used Trump as a puppet to get his world wide agenda to shrink central governments and promote nationalism world wide. Wolff's book contains a lot of juicy gossip that I have not seen anywhere else. For example, Wolff claims that during Christmas of 2018 Trump was in the White House having an affair with a young aide while his wife and son were at their home in Florida. Much of this gossip needs to be verified.

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carolanne39
Jun 18, 2019

It's even worse than you realize just seeing the outrageous things he does every day, when you see that he spends most of the day watching cable news getting info from Hannity instead of from the people who actually KNOW what is happening and what needs to be done, letting Fox set the agenda for the country. And he is desperate to be reelected so he wont go to jail. God help us.

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cbriggs
Jun 18, 2019

Look who is barely literate. If you can’t have a reasoned, logical debate without hurling insults talk to my hand. Are you really saying you wish Hillary Clinton was President with Bill Clinton as First Man? Okay?

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nelson1949
Jun 16, 2019

If even half of this book is true, it is very frightening. Trump apparently does not read, has no sense of history or geography, and has difficulty paying attention to oral briefings. Remember when he stated that he would surround himself with the best and the brightest? Well, look at how many of his inner circle have left, been indicted, fired, or shamed into a resignation. Now Sarah Sanders is leaving, making her the third communication spokesperson in 3 years. Bring back the Mooch! At least he was entertaining as he lied his way through news conferences!

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jmthornberry
May 15, 2019

Look, everyone! It’s another book about the Toad Fascist-in-Chief, to remind you of the consequences of low voter turnout. Hopefully, the publisher won't put his face on the cover this time—or at least supply a barf-bag and a blindfold with each copy. A few barely-literate Nazi sympathizers will object to my comments, sure. They can wait for the audio version. (I know books aren’t really their thing.)

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2019

Goodreads has registered 83 quotes as of today. Most are shocking or at very least colorful.

Some of them are unexpected (not sure if they are among the 83 quotes):

That Friday morning, he came down from the residence into the Oval Office in a full-on rage so violent that, for a moment, his hair came undone. To the shock of the people with him, there stood an almost entirely bald Donald Trump.
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Won't be able to see these two women's images in the same light before this book:
Trump had long admired Ann Coulter’s “mouth,” as well as —he always made sure to mention— her “hair and legs.” The conservative commentator and performer, with her politically incorrect zingers and signature straight blond hair, had, for more than twenty years, been a right-wing cable voice and bestselling author. (In Kellyanne Conway, a right-wing television personality who also had straight blond hair, Trump had gotten, he often said, the poor man’s Ann Coulter.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2019

Where are Trump's lawyers (not sure if these are among the 83 quotes in Goodreads):
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When Marla Maples became pregnant in the early 1990s, before their marriage, he debated with one friend how he could avoid both the marriage and the baby. The scenarios included pushing Maples down the stairs to cause a miscarriage.
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In 1996, his second wife, Marla Maples, was caught one night with a Trump bodyguard on the beach near Mar-a-Lago under the lifeguard stand.
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His marriage might be a Potemkin village, but that’s what it was supposed to be. That was the arrangement!
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“Forget the tax return, what if they have his college transcript?” This was a familiar White House riff. Many of Trump’s friends believed that a root of his shame and intellectual insecurity was his steady semesters of Ds.
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He (McConnell) and his wife, Elaine Chao, the secretary of transportation, regularly mocked and mimicked Trump, a set piece they would perform for friends .

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