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Publisher Description


Note: Per author's request, profanity has been removed from both the book and the audio program.

"Sims’s vivid portrait of Trump shrewdly balances admiration with misgivings, and his intricate, engrossing accounts of White House vendettas and power plays have a good mix of immersion and perspective. The result is one of the best of the recent flood of Trump tell-alls." —Publishers Weekly

The first honest insider’s account of the Trump administration. If you hate Trump you need the truth; if you love Trump you need the truth.

After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy.

He soon found himself pulled into the President’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. Sometimes all in the same conversation.

As a result, Sims gained unprecedented access to the President, sitting in on private meetings with key Congressional officials, world leaders, and top White House advisors. He saw how Trump handled the challenges of the office, and he learned from Trump himself how he saw the world.

For five hundred days, Sims also witnessed first-hand the infighting and leaking, the anger, joy, and recriminations. He had a role in some of the President’s biggest successes, and he shared the blame for some of his administration’s worst disasters. He gained key, often surprising insights into the players of the Trump West Wing, from Jared Kushner and John Kelly to Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.

He even helped Trump craft his enemies list, knowing who was loyal and who was not.

And he took notes. Hundreds of pages of notes. In real-time.

Sims stood with the President in the eye of the storm raging around him, and now he tells the story that no one else has written—because no one else could. The story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the President’s team. The story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.

Team of Vipers tells the full story, as only a true insider could.

Cliff Sims
hr min
January 29
Macmillan Audio

Customer Reviews

Shane 1948 ,

Team of Vipers

Of all the “tell all” books about the current White House, this is the only book that portrays President Trump in an occasionally sympathetic way. Mr. Sims saves his venom for Kellyanne Conway and John Kelly, who are depicted as first-rate backstabbers and dirt bags! Wow! Kelly is as narcissistic as anyone in Washington, D.C. Kellyanne Conway apparently agrees with her husband about Trump, but she pretends to be loyal and adoring of him.
This book is Mr. Sims’ personal journey through life, and he is honest enough to point out his own moral failings. According to Mr. Sims, he has used his experience in the White House as an opportunity to recalibrate his personal moral compass.
I recommend this book to anyone trying to make sense of the current (2019) White House.
R. Restaino

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