Fear - Trump in the White House
Bob Woodward
Contributed by Larisa Brooke
Bob Woodward
Year Published
About the Title

“Fear: Trump in the White House” is a non-fiction book by Bob Woodward about the presidency of Donald Trump. It offers an unprecedented inside-the-room look of the White House through the eyes of President Trump’s inner circle. The book depicts a White House with relentlessness infighting and a work culture that is so toxic as well as volatile that many of the President’s key advisors and cabinet members became accustomed to working around their boss, whom they describe as both uninformed and unstable. From the Oval Office to the Situation Room to the White House residences, the author utilizes confidential background interviews to portray the manner in which some of the President’s top aides see him as a danger to national security and have chosen to circumvent him. The title of the book is derived from a remark made by the then-candidate Trump during a 2016 interview with Woodward along with the Washington Post’s political reporter Robert Costa. Trump stated that “Real power is, I don’t even want to use the word, ‘Fear’” (Rucker and Costa para. 8). A dominant theme in the book is the stealthy machinations utilized by individuals in President Trump’s close circle to control his impulses and prevent disasters from occurring to him personally as well as to the United States as a whole.

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