Dear Great Book Guru, With the Martin Luther King weekend coming up, I feel the need to read about the politics of our country. I am interested in the new and very controversial book about the Trump presidency. Have you read it and if so would you recommend it?
Fervent Fan of Politics
Dear Fervent Fan, I was intrigued by all the pre- publication reporting on FIRE AND FURY by Michael Wolff so at exactly 9am on January 5- its moment of release- I pressed the Buy button on my Kindle Over the top on all the bestseller lists, this is indeed a worthwhile read on many levels, and I was certainly not prepared to enjoy it as much as I did. It is surprisingly well written and filled with colorful details. Wolff’s style is definitely in the “access journalism” school very reminiscent of many of Bob Woodward’s books. The image of this New York Magazine writer sitting invited but unnoticed on a sofa in the White House as scores of key political players casually reveal their secrets is strangely credible. While Wolff depends for a large part on the musings of the irascible Steve Bannon, the more poignant and provocative insights come from three women: Katie Walsh, the young deputy White House Chief of Staff; Dina Powell, a former Goldman Sachs executive now Middle East Security Advisor, and Hope Hicks, White House Communications Director. The role these women play in White House politics could make for an entire book. Whether Wolff is accurate or not, he tells a fascinating story. Highly recommended!