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“One of the best reads of 2018." — Sean Hannity
"The book is well worth your time." — Megyn Kelly
"A story told with both heart and knowledge. Really good, go get it!" — President Donald J. Trump
No job is more of a pressure cooker than being a White House press secretary…especially in this White House.
For more than two decades, Sean Spicer had been a respected political insider, working as a campaign and communications strategist. But in December 2016, he got the call of a lifetime. President-elect Donald J. Trump had chosen him to be the White House press secretary. And life hasn’t been the same since. When he accepted the job, Spicer was far from a household name. But then he walked into the bright lights of the briefing room, and the cameras started rolling. His every word was scrutinized. Every movement was parodied. Every detail became a meme. And that’s just the public side. Behind the scenes, things were almost as difficult in an administration plagued by leaks that frustrated and angered both Spicer and the president. Not to mention the extraordinary pressures on Spicer’s family and his faith. Now, in his provocative and enlightening political memoir, The Briefing, Spicer reveals the truth behind some of the biggest news stories of our time, and he offers a glimpse into what it’s like to stand at the press secretary’s podium—and how he got there. The Briefing is the first insider account written by someone who worked on the Trump campaign, with the Trump transition team, and in the Trump White House—and has seen Donald Trump rallying voters, building an administration, and making crucial policy decisions. Spicer’s riveting and personal account makes The Briefing the must-read political memoir of the year.
Nearly a year after leaving his post as President Trump's press secretary, Spicer is back with a flimsy memoir in which he eschews meaningful reflection for bitter recriminations against the media. A blue-collar kid from Rhode Island, Spicer recalls how he scuffled his way into a senior position at the Republican National Committee and attained his "dream job" in the White House following Trump's upset win. But the administration got off to a rough start, and Spicer famously lashed out at the press on day one over the size of Trump's inauguration crowd. Spicer's combative briefings would go on to make him a national punch line on Saturday Night Live. Spicer spends the bulk of the book litigating examples of the media's alleged malfeasance, pinning his own (and the administration's) troubles on the press's "relentless negativity." He's quick with a clumsy metaphor (White House communications work "is like being Nik Wallenda walking a tightrope while bricks are being thrown at you"), but light on self-reflection ("I had found my footing... but I still faced a media that reported rumor as fact"). And his recollections of the president range from tame to obsequious: he calls Trump "a rock star" and "a unicorn riding a unicorn over a rainbow." Like his tenure in the White House, Spicer's memoir is short, fact-challenged, and forgettable.
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Not everyone can get a Press Secretary job. Interesting insight and worth the read. Sean Spicer’s book debuted on The NY Times Bestseller List at #13 in August and remains on the list! The best part about that is that it pisses the libs off.
Awesome behind the scene conversations.
It doesn’t matter what side you are on, this is a great book with a lot of cool and fun conversation with the potus, media, Committees, and ETC. The only thing is I wish Sean would have wrote more on his 19 Years in uniform!
Offers a unique look on the inside from someone who was there. The opposition triggers tell you just how good the book is.