Undoubtedly, Michael Wolff’s book – Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House – has generated significant interest in recent times.
The actions of the American president in attempting to prevent the publication of the book are illustrative of its controversial content. Trump’s lawyers issued a threat against the book’s publisher, seeking to halt its release. Nevertheless, the publisher brought forward the book’s publication date, and it quickly rose to the top of the bestseller lists.
Since Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, the world has witnessed an unprecedented and tumultuous presidential term. Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people, and the circumstances surrounding the creation of this book are as intriguing and unbelievable as its contents. The author provides an unmatched insight into the White House and Donald Trump’s team before, during, and after the 2016 election that produced an unexpected winner.
The book’s working title, The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration, initially suggested a more favorable and perhaps sympathetic portrayal of Trump. This perception likely aided Wolff’s access to the White House and his conversations with a novice White House staff.
Based on more than 200 interviews conducted over 18 months, Fire and Fury presents a portrait of a White House in disarray. The book includes interviews with multiple current and former Trump aides and advisers who mistakenly believed they could shape the book to the president’s liking.
The book begins with the period before the presidential election and continues with a depiction of the confusion within the Trump team following the election results. Wolff controversially suggests that Trump was unsure about whether he wanted to be president and was as surprised as the rest of the world when he won. He reports that Trump was so uncertain about his own campaign that he even refused to donate money to it. The man who only desired to be “the most famous man in the world” became the President of the United States. The author paints a picture of a president who is “unfit for the job and incapable of doing it” and explains the circumstances that made his election possible.
Throughout the book, readers are introduced to several intriguing details about the new president, such as his alleged lack of interest in formulating legislation or conducting foreign policy and his fondness for watching himself on television. The book’s 22 chapters cover a range of topics, including what President Trump’s staff really thinks of him, his secret method of communication, who is truly directing the Trump administration’s strategy since Steve Bannon’s dismissal, and many other aspects of US politics.
For those seeking to understand why Trump publicly severed his relationship with his former strategist Steve Bannon after the publication of this book, or why, according to the author, FBI director James Comey was actually fired, Fire and Fury provides answers.
Michael Wolff is an American author, essayist, and journalist, who frequently contributes to USA Today, the Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, New York, the UK edition of GQ, and the Guardian. He has been honored with two National Magazine Awards and a Mirror Award, and has authored seven books. Wolff is best known for his biography of Rupert Murdoch, titled The Man Who Owns the News, which was released in 2008, and Burn Rate, a chronicle of his rise and fall as a fledgling Internet entrepreneur.