• Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (23,376 ratings)

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The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it 

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. 

Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.

©2018 Bob Woodward. All rights reserved. (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Journalistic research into a well-known story

The story is well known in that Trump is Trump - he loves an audience and has no filter, so if we've been watching we're all pretty much aware of who he is and what he's doing. What this book gives is a deeply researched book from a journalist who has listened and listened and listened to key players around Trump, telling us what they said without embellishment and without personal observations or comments. I can't say it's objective -- nothing ever is perfectly objective -- but it's pretty close. No big surprises about the subject Trump, but a lot of interesting observations from those around him.

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Bob Woodward--What Can You Say?

Bob Woodward is one of the finest investigative journalists this era has ever seen. In fact, his zeal to be accurate and have all his facts straight make his book a bit slower than some of the others written about the Time of tRump, like Omarosa's, and Anonymous' and blah blah blah. In fact, there are few others writing about this time when our empire is failing who I trust as much. Chris Hedges and perhaps Matt Taibbi, right offhand. But Woodward has the history behind him, and the gravitas, to really lay out the facts.

Unfortunately, the facts are so bleak that it was hard to read, especially to read what has occurred and see how prophetic his words have been. It shows little real hope for an America going forward that will even resemble the nation that those of us from our 40s and up. I'm 66 and was raised in a career Army family, so the horror show that is our military structures' kowtowing to the orange maniac and obeying patently illegal, immoral orders grates on me in a way it may not others.

The narrator did a nice job, but not memorable, so it's 5 stars for Woodward, 4 for the narrator, and if someone would tell me how to give half-stars, I'd do so, but I haven't figured it out. See you on the other side, fellow sane Americans.

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Another well constructed book by Woodward

Woodward is part of the elite class of reporters who knows how to tell a story and do it from an objective, unbiased way. Many people might think he's being biased with this story, but really, he's not. Many of the characters in Trump's cabinet that people might think of as bad people, Woodward actually allows their good characteristics to shine through. He lets the absurdity of the administration tear itself down without forcing it with bias or conjecture.

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Actually Humanized Trump for Me

I felt the book was great, told the story that should have been told, and Woodward did a good job of staying well within the boundaries of journalistic story telling with minimal bias added. If you disagree, remember these two points: 1. There were biased perspectives covered, but they were those of the individuals interviewed. 2. Just because a story highlights some negative aspects of a subject doesn't mean it's biased, it could mean that subject is negative. If this was any of the other hundreds of authors who have written about Trump, sure. But Woodward has a solid history of telling stories as he has found them, and everything in this book seems pretty reasonable to me!

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ended too soon.

Im not sure what all the fuss is about. This just timelines what the majority have said/ agreed are the facts.

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Now I get it.

First, I listened to this book as if every word was the gospel truth. In doing so, it has really given me more insight into why the people who support Trump, like him. I must be honest, my thoughts of the Trump presidency are somewhere between CNN and Seth Meyers. That has not changed. But I learned that Trump seems to try to do everything he promised on the campaign trail. That is foreign to me. I am of the mindset that campaigning is poetry and governing is prose. He has no such distinctions. I know he and his supporters have denounced this book as "lies". Perhaps they should rethink that position. There are some nuggets here that have really made me flesh out what my particular issues are with Trump. I've had to think instead of just dismiss him. About the presentation - The narration is solid. The book is easily understood and easy to consume going about your everyday tasks. It's worth a listen.

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Great book!

So pathetic to hear what goes on in the oval office by our adolescent, Liar-in-Chief.

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Unsourced hearsay

The book is entertaining. However astonished that someone would write a book outlining a clear coup d'é·tat. The corrupt swamp willfully undermining the elected President of the United States of American is appalling

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This gave me a nightmare

I have read most of Woodward’s books over the years. I have watched the recent interviews with Woodward about the release of this book. I find writing a review about this book difficult. On one hand, the book is easy to read. It is well written and researched. I believe most of what is written based on Woodward’s proven integrity over these many years. I noticed that many people are writing reviews about the book.

It is not so much the book but my reaction to what was written that I find disturbing. I have attempted most of my life to stay in the middle between the two political parties, but over the years I find myself leaning a bit more to the liberal viewpoint. I make a point of reading the literature of both sides. I must admit that I was shocked when Trump was elected, but I tried to keep an open mind and watch to see if he could rise to the office. But, alas, I observed nothing to indicate that happening. Then the books started coming out but this one was the only one I put at the top of the list because of Woodward’s reputation. I must admit this book scars me; Trump’s belief system is frightening, but Pence scares me even more. This book has given me some additional or new guidelines for evaluating who I will chose to vote for president in the future. I will evaluate their understanding of how government works and their experience in government (that is far more important now). Can they read, interview, listen and understand then analyze a situation? What is their basic belief system and do they read books? In my reading of biographies of presidents, it seems the majority were avid readers. It has become more important to get out and vote.

The book is almost twelve and a half hours. Robert Petkoff does an excellent job narrating the book. Petkoff is an award-winning actor. He has also won a number of Earphone Awards as well as the Audie Award for audiobook narration.

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Voters and Especially Non Voters Should Read This

I was 17, very close to 18, when I first heard of Bob Woodward and his co-author Carl Bernstein. I remember sitting in a small pub outside Northern KY University drinking coffee, and the TV being tuned to the Watergate Hearings. People all around me (they were probable profs) were talking about Deep Throat, Woodward and Bernstein. I was clueless.

I was more concerned with how I had scored on the SAT tests I had taken earlier that day. I was a very young Mom, had 6 stepchildren, and had been working as many jobs as I could get to keep the family fed, housed and clothed. TV and all that was what the family did while I was working, and I had no time to keep up with current news.

When I found out that I had passed the SAT and would be accepted for my chosen field, Law Enforcement, my first question was "How do I find out more about what happened to cause this Watergate thing that is going on?" Political Science I was told. Well, the rest follows that I have loved the strategy of politics since, and though I don't claim by any means to be an expert I try to read both sides and be informed before deciding what to believe, who to believe and especially WHO I will vote for.

I am happy to say that though I've not expressed these thoughts and practices to my adult daughter, I see her doing the same thing each election, and like me, she was chomping at the bit to be able to vote for the first time.

This was the first book I've read by Mr. Woodward. Its also the first 'tell all' Trump book, if it can be called that. I liked that it doesn't get into the he said -she said regarding the payments to the prostitutes because while I find Trump amoral at best, really in this day and age, who someone sleeps with is not necessarily an indicator of how good a leader they will be. Lying about it, covering it up however, does have indicators. Bigly to quote Trump himself.

Mr. Woodward does not set out to do anything in this book other than to lift the curtain behind which the people who work for Trump hide behind. He does it extremely well.

There is no shaming, no name calling from Mr. Woodward himself. He presents the facts given to him, backed up via recordings, with the people who either work with Trump or have worked with him during his time in the White House. He doesn't tell you what to believe, or not to believe.

The prologue was enough for me, and I think for any rational person, to begin to get a sense of just how much trouble we are in right now. It scared me, and it should scare you. Trump can not admit he was wrong, or doesn't know something, and sometimes somewhere he has been taught that the worse thing that can happen to him is to be seen as weak. Its his manta, and he will do whatever he needs to do, and its apparent from those who surround him - that he means to do WHATEVER - to not be seen as weak. No matter whom it hurts, kills or maims, he simply will not be perceived as weak. Period.

For me, personally, I don't trust Trump, and I can't imagine what happened to allow him to get where he is now unless there was foreign interference, or bribery of some sort involved. There is no other explanation that makes sense to me. Your thoughts may differ of course.

America is a great country, and many people who work with Trump have believed this, and worked to make this true their entire lives. They also are baffled at what he does, his bullying, his inability to understand why when he wants to spend money that is not available they can't just "PRINT MORE" for him. They take papers that would endanger our National Security from his desk, in hopes he will forget about wanting to address the issue.

If you vote, and especially if you don't vote, this is something that you need to read or listen to at least once before NOV, 2018, and see why so many people are calling for everyone who is living in Fear of Trump in the White House for people to Vote.

I don't post many reviews because I never feel I do a good job of giving the author credit when I like what they have written. I feel that here, especially when we are at such a divisive time in our country. I am a US Navy Veteran and it tears my heart out when I see people being so racist, and hateful against their fellow citizens because they believe what Trump says, and then denies he said 20 ways from Sunday, as my grandma used to say.

If you have read this, thank you.

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Brilliantly insigtful

A truly great recreation of the current-world events in the White House. The performance from the narrator is excellent.