I’m still waiting on my copy of Fear, by Bob Woodward. I also have bought Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury. I like Wolff’s book, and I believe he captured well the dynamics within the White House. But, these two books, are hated by the White House. Trump finds equally offensive Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty, Truth and Lies, which is a biographical account of his time as a prosecutor, a defense of his actions taken during the Clinton email investigation and a scathing critique of Trump based on his interactions with the President. One quote from the book:
“It is also wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better, while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check.”
Comey’s book has been criticized because he makes a connection between the traits of mob organizations and the Trump White House. Understandably, critics were upset, but I don’t feel it was far off the mark. Two key passages:
“The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.”
“This President is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values. His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.”
I should add that Comey is a Republican, who worked at FBI Director under the Obama and Trump administrations. Trump’s recent attacks on Department of Justice, and the FBI, particularly the recent comment on the “lingering stench” in these organizations tells me, Comey was right.
There are a lot of recent books out critical of the Trump administration, including:
“Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” by Omarosa Manigault Newman, August 2018
The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game by Kessler, April 2018
Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson, August 2018
Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, by Ryan, September 2018
The Threat: On how the FBI Protects America in the age of Terror and Trump, to be published in December 2018.
House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia, by Unger, August 2018
I guess the title I like most, is Rick Wilson’s – Everything Trump Touches Dies.
I would add, that many people who voted for him, like his brazen, off the cuff, approach. They consider him an “anti-politician.” There are a lot of books supporting him personally and laying blame on Democrats and the media. More recent publications are:
“Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy” by Judge Jeanine Pirro
The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography, by Brody and Lamb, Feb 2018
“Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump” by Jerome Corsi, March 2018
“The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It” by Andrew Puzder, April 2018
“The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump” by Gregg Jarrett, July 2018
The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda, by Jason Chaffetz, September 2018.
Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – With No Apologies, Sebastian Gorka, October 2018
Trump’s America: The Truth about Our Nation’s Great Comeback, Newt Gringrich, June 2018
The Briefing by Sean Spicer, July 2018
There are less political books, focusing more on specific issues, for instance, Alan Dershowitz:
The Case Against Impeaching Trump, Alan Dershowitz, July 2018
This book has the blessing of Donald Trump. Given Professor Dershowitz credentials as a long time educator at Harvard Law School, it is probably my next Amazon purchase. In an impeachment process, the legislature overrides the choice of the electorate and diminishes the voting rights of the populace. Alan Dershowitz is a strong supporter of civil liberties. ‘
OK, I’ve listed out 9 “Anti-Trump” books and 9 “Pro-Trump” books, and I think Alan Dershowitz book in its own category. I think his book will have lasting value, particularly if someday, Republicans decide to impeach a Democrat president.
I don’t claim this list to be all inclusive. I know Steven Colbert has just announced a children’s book making fun of Trump’s visit to the hurricane stricken areas called “My Boat.” I pretty much dismiss any author which claims to have written the only book, giving Americans the “true facts.” Every single one of the books, listed above, has a unique perspective and a lot of commentary along with facts. I would suggest anyone buying any of these books, first check the author’s biography, usually available on Wikipedia. The biography presented in Amazon are written by the author and always complimentary. If you see a book had 4 to 5 star rating, you should know that this is done by counting clicks, and every book listed above has about the same ratings. It’s really pretty worthless.
All of these books are sold on Amazon. Most are available in Kindle versions. Many are advertised as “#1 on the best seller list” but this is misleading because there are many “best seller” lists and a huge number of categories. For example, Omarosa’s book ranks high on a few select categories on Amazon, but her overall rank is #864. The best seller rank will tend to decline over time. Comey’s book has a rank of #1140 and was published in April 2018. Obviously, television appearances help advance the book.
I hope to update this blog as more books are published. Anyone can suggest adding to the list, as long as it has been published in 2018.