#1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller: An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation's capital.
On September 5, 2018, the New York Times published a bombshell essay and took the rare step of granting its writer anonymity. Described only as "a senior official in the Trump administration," the author provided eyewitness insight into White House chaos, administration instability, and the people working to keep Donald Trump's reckless impulses in check.
With the 2020 election on the horizon, Anonymous is speaking out once again. In this book, the original author pulls back the curtain even further, offering a first-of-its-kind look at the president and his record -- a must-read before Election Day. It will surprise and challenge both Democrats and Republicans, motivate them to consider how we judge our nation's leaders, and illuminate the consequences of re-electing a commander in chief unfit for the role.
This book is a sobering assessment of the man in the Oval Office and a warning about something even more important -- who we are as a people.
The anonymous White House official whose September 2018 New York Times op-ed revealed a "resistance" inside the Trump administration returns with a brisk, page-turning critique of the president. The author portrays a "broken" White House devoid of "process," with senior staff reduced to "glorified government babysitters." He describes Trump as unable to focus on complex subjects and as being in possession of an "astounding" level of "intellectual laziness." The president, according to Anonymous, is a "pretender to courage" with a warped, self-interested sense of justice; an unexplained affinity for dictators and strongmen over America's allies; and a troubling disregard for the truth when it conflicts with "preposterous" deep state conspiracy theories. The book's biggest surprise, however, is its lack of surprises there is little here that hasn't been previously reported. The author provides disappointingly few details of Trump's most controversial moments; instead, the book hammers home the broad warning that Trump is "unfit" for office. "I cannot say who will turn the ship," the author concludes, "but four more years of Trump could very well sink it." In the midst of an impeachment inquiry, this resonant, alarming message is undermined by the messenger's unwillingness to be specific.
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I was not going to read the book as so much had been revealed in advance. And full disclosure, I am a liberal democrat who does not share any of the ideology of the author.
I finished the book early this morning was very impressed by it. It was well written, and I feel sincere in the authors’ desire to present an accurate portrait of this administration. Although it did not break new ground in terms of disclosures, it thoughtfully examines both Trump and associates. The motives of those who continue to support him are familiar to anyone who ever attends an American high school-the cruel and stupid bully, the dim bulbs who find shelter in jockeying for approval and those who are canny enough to find a way to benefit from the chaos while sacrificing their integrity in the process. However the author really aims the treatise to the silent majority who just kept their heads down, looking forward to graduation and escaping the mess. The final chapter is commencement address to a nation in dire need of a clarion call to action. We are the ones responsible for the current state of affairs and the only ones who can clean up the mess. Failing to do just that will ensure future graduates will lack to opportunity to do so!
The last chapter is the best. Let’s roll.
Much of this book is already known to Americans who have been paying close attention to Trump’s presidency. I particularly appreciated the end of the book that speaks of the hope that exists for Americans - if we can muster the strength - to join together and reclaim our nation’s ideals. Let’s roll, indeed.
Good, but flawed narrator
Anonymous wants us to know that things are not going well for the steady state, but isn’t ready for “anything drastic.” Knows the president denies the help he got from Russians in the election, but thinks another election is the ideal remedy. They may be right, but their solution is as naive now as they were when they joined the administration. Here’s hoping we take this warning seriously for our own sake.