About the Book
Standing in with about 328 pages, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, written by Michael Wolff and published by Henry Holt and Co. on January 5, 2018, gives insights on the final days of the Trump campaign and then the internal struggle of the Trump Presidency.
Trump’s aids during his campaign thought a victory would have been not losing by a landslide to Hilary Clinton – his campaign team wasn’t as good, or as professional as Hilary’s. In addition Trump didn’t have the same charisma or charm that would befit and American politician, rather he had the fire speeches and an evangelical.
It turns out that the main force behind Trump wasn’t Trump himself but rather a man named Stephen Bannon. Trump wasn’t the best and rhetoric hence most of his speeches were from Bannon. This man believed that America needed a fiery leader like William Jennings Bryan and that Bryan would need a man like him. His position was secure until Trump had gained presidency.
Now, amount the countless scandals and conspiracies around Trump – there was a power struggle which would lead to countless casualties. This was the battle between Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner and Stephen Bannon – all of which had diametrically opposing views and all trying to influence Trump’s decisions. Ivanka and Kushner were more like democrats and Bannon, could count as an extreme nationalist at best.
One of these casualties is Bannon himself.
This book contains a great deal of information on the Trump Presidency but for the sake of time and brevity I will conclude my summary.
Key takeaways and commentary.
My key takeaway is that Trump isn’t that powerful of a man, rather he is a front for others. At the same time he is also very insecure about this fact. At the beginning I thought that I could tie this into a management framework namely Goleman’s six leadership styles but unfortunately the deeper I got into the book the more I realized that he isn’t actually the leader. Sure he may have power however he isn’t leading.
The other takeaway I have is just how important it is to read and keep up on facts. According to this book, Trump barely skims let alone read – and as a leader of a country information is vital to making good decisions – hence his decisions are easily influenced by people like his son-in-law, Bannon and men like Rupert Murdoch. In fact Trump had incorrectly assessed the situation that the white house was in on the onset.
This book is a worthwhile read if you have the time – also note that I finished the draft of this article 11:59 PM pacific time so technically i finished reading on day 7.
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