A book “full of lies, misrepresentations, and sources that don’t exist” according to Mr T. “Preaching To The Choir” might be a more accurate title. For the “snowflakes” appalled by Trump, the book offers page after page of proof of Trump’s abject unsuitability for office. For the “Deplorables”, it’s inevitably a fake, fictional account from an author with reputation for putting sales ahead of facts.
Either way Michael Wolff is having the last laugh, with sales recently reported as passing 1.7m copies (and it’s not in paperback yet), and TV rights already sold for a reported seven figure sum. Not bad for a “total loser” (D.Trump), given sales are forecast to pass “The Art of The Deal”, Trump’s 1987 manifesto, which the Donald often cites as the number 1 selling business book of all time – which it isn’t, as that honour goes to the Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends”, a book Trump certainly hasn’t read. There again, according to Wolff Trump hasn’t read “The Art of the Deal” either. Or any books for that matter.
It’s a book doesn’t take a political position; the ability to focus on the dysfunctionality and schisms within the White House renders this unnecessary; Wolff concentrates on the people, their actions / motivations and most of all their views of each other. At the start of the book there’s a caveat from the author worth keeping in mind – “Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue”.
The revelations in the book come thick and fast, so many of them it’s hard to keep track –Trump is a brand, not a man that unexpectedly won an election, an alpha personality trying to bed friends wives, with a haircut that even his daughter jokes about, a wife that he can go for days without speaking to and often seems not to know where she is. It’s fanned the fires of suspicion around Trump’s links to Russia and is being reported as being read by Robert Mueller and his team with some interest. The more minor titbits garnish the mix – Trump allegedly insists he strip his own bed, got into a standoff with his security team when he insisted on being able to lock his bedroom door, and favours cheeseburgers from the Golden Arches because they would be difficult to poison. Of course, some of the stories may be wholly untrue, but there are so many of them it’s hard not to see them validating the impression the world already has of a deeply narcissistic man-child, utterly unsuited to a role that he never expected to get, surrounded by chancers and grifters.
Prior to publication Team Trump gifted the book valuable publicity and credibility via rambling and inept cease and desist order that would be a worthy appendix to the second edition and was dismissed in less time than it took to write. Rising above the tittle tattle was never going to be an option, so the POTUS focus has since gone into discrediting Wolff, and it’s clear he’s the subject of more than a little disrespect within the journalistic world. For the most part that’s because of his kissing up to people to get access, burning his sources (as has happened with Bannon) or not being given to boring journalistic conventions like separating what was said on or off the record. Still, specific rebuttals of Wolff’s revelations have yet to surface.
Will it change the course of US politics? Unlikely. But it looks set to burn brighter and longer than many other political books, and it’s a cracking read to boot.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
“Call Me Dave” (used copies from 50p on Amazon ….)
One thing you’ve learned
No-one is allowed to touch his toothbrush