A rather late book review: Fire and Fury

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3 January 2018, extracts from one of the most anticipated books are released to the masses. The public swarms on it. A day after, a cease and desist from none other than Donald Trump arrives on the desk of Michael Wolff’s lawyer. Finally, on January 5, the full book is released to the public, describing the world inside of the Trump campaign. Destined to be a best-seller, one million copies are ordered by January 8 with over 1.7 million total copies sold at the time of writing both online and in hardback copies. This book is Fire and Fury.

Fire and Fury is a book simply about the Trump Presidency, from the election campaign trail right up to the modern day. Describing every emotion, twist and turn and every single thought of those surrounding Trump and his advisers. The book is written in a very interesting way due to Wolff’s insider knowledge. He starts the book showing his disbelief at the apparent openness of the White House, describing it as one of the most open places for the media, at least regarding former presidencies. This plays greatly to Wolff’s advantage as he is allowed to wander freely in the centre of western politics, collecting views, ideas and thoughts of those in power there.

However, this simply explains the nature of the book. What truly matters is its content.Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Simply put, this book is exceptionally well-written. Not simply from a grammatical and literary standpoint but also in the tone it keeps throughout. Fire and Fury truly is one of the most objective pieces of reporting about Trump since he declared his race to become the president. Never once does Wolff give his opinion except if he outright states as such and this makes for a very refreshing read.

One of the key points of the book is its accuracy, or at least its claimed accuracy. Right at the beginning, Wolff explains how he gets the information for Fire and Fury and it is incredibly promising. Much of the information is sourced by Wolff himself through interviews and thereby is reliable due to Wolff’s past journalistic integrity. While, of course, many of the facts given simply could not have come from the basis of Wolff himself, he has placed his journalistic integrity on the line for this to be true, something which I see as a very bold yet promising move. If Wolff is willing to commit possible journalistic suicide if any information not sourced by him comes up as false, I see that as an ode to how factually correct this book is – enough to commit your entire job for.

But, I hear you ask, is the book any good and should I buy it?

Yes. Whether you are an adamant Trump supporter, hater or couldn’t care less about him, there is something in the book for you as long as you have even the mildest interest in the current political climate. It gives an incredible in-depth view into the minds of some of the most powerful people on the earth at the moment, including Trump himself. However, if you are just looking for a book to solely attack or defend Trump with, this book is not for you. The arguments are balanced, the words chosen carefully and, above all, no stone is left unturned in this journalistic masterpiece.