• One Damn Thing After Another

  • Memoirs of an Attorney General
  • By: William P. Barr
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,413 ratings)

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One Damn Thing After Another

By: William P. Barr
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
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The former attorney general provides a candid account of his historic tenures serving two vastly different presidents, George H.W. Bush and Donald J. Trump.

William Barr’s first tenure as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush was largely the result of chance, while his second tenure under President Donald Trump a deliberate and difficult choice. In this candid memoir, Barr takes listeners behind the scenes during seminal moments of the 1990s, from the LA riots to Pan Am 103 and Iran Contra. Thirty years later, Barr faced an unrelenting barrage of issues, such as Russiagate, the COVID outbreak, civil unrest, the impeachments, and the 2020 election fallout. One Damn Thing After Another is vivid, forthright, and essential not only to understanding the Bush and Trump legacies but also how both men viewed power and justice at critical junctures of their presidencies.

©2022 William P. Barr (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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This book is literally AMAZING!!!

I’m a registered republican. I don’t write book reviews. It’s not a thing I do. This book however, requires praise. Everyone needs to read this book because I’m not aware of another autobiography that covers material we all witnessed firsthand, with such a distorted sense of reality.
It’s almost as though the author’s mother wrote this book about her beloved son that could do no wrong. The man certainly makes the case his actions were above reproach , but it’s hard to tell if he’s trying to convince the reader or himself.
Oh, and the chapters are titled very descriptively which helps a great deal. Who cares what Bill Barr’s Sigma Nu days were like??! Nobody.
Ghaad help us all.

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He erases all doubt

I suspected Bill Barr was spineless and narrow minded..after hearing his book..he erased all my doubts..he was what I had suspected.

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Yes! Excellent, great narration, scary stuff

Politics aside. It’s just a good story. New to the Trump drama books and Miles from my usual genre. I was hooked right away and couldn’t stop listening. It gave a frightening behind the scenes look at total insanity in the Oval Office, and left me with; “WOW”….and I voted for that guy. The narration makes this an easy listen. The story is an eye opener for sure. I highly recommend

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a most fair and equitable account!

what a remarkable life and career this man has led (thus far.) I half expected this to be primarily critical of Trump, and I typically shy away from that type of title, but my curiosity, which was based on Barr's media and congressional appearances was rewarded. this is part history lesson, part legal lesson, part memoir, all mixed with anecdotes that are quite interesting. "One Damn Thing After Another" is indeed.... a perfectly titled memoir.

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disappointing

Loved the parts that felt like history lessons, could have done without the philosophy lessons. this is a great example of a Washington Elite, complaining about Washington Elites, not realizing that he is a Washington Elite.

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Brutally honest and honestly frank

I am truly on the fence between being Democratic or Republican. However, after reading Barr's book, I now realize that I should make a choice between the two. Barr's book was brutally honest and honestly frank. It is a great read and has clarified many things about our country for me. I learned many things about our great country, about out presidents and about Trump. I agree with Barr. Trump has great ideals for the country and has a strong personality; however, his demeanor, character and diplomacy are not acceptable for the U.S. presidency. I enjoyed reading this book.

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Barr Covers His Butt

William Barr could have shed light on a subject he witnessed but instead wrote a book where his opinions are cloaked as fact. William Barr could have helped the Republican party but his own reputation is all that is on his agenda. He points fingers at anything that he doesn't agree with and excuses the outrageous behavior he witnessed with a wave of the hand dismissal. He accuses endlessly with literally no facts to verify his stance and expects us as readers to accept his views just because it came from him. He obviously hates liberals, the media and especially the Clintons and Obama. His telling of his early life are only marked by his perceived achievements only and never once did he site something he learned through error. He is without error in this narrative. In the end he sheds no light on anything where he behaved questionably in defending Trump. Instead he blanket states that liberals et al are the only real enemy. I have read over 50 books in this space on every side of the narrative I could find...Barr's addition to this piece of history is merely a "CYA" treatise on himself. Very disappointing that such an articulate, educated individual can be so self-involved and colorless. He is impressed with himself and his verbose use of the language which ultimately amounts to nothing but a one-sided view of a dubious chapter in history. He is playing to Trump's base not as a true Republican but as another self-important hack in DC.

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Outrageously boring.

This is the most disappointing book I ever read. Boring. Uninformative. No one told Mr, Barr?? If not, fire your friends, Sir. Audible, and Amazon, I realize there is a good chance I won’t get my money back, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask.

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It’s not what you’d imagine

So let me start by a few disclosures. I’m one month older than General Barr. Like him I am a lawyer. Like him I was a federal law clerk. In my case I worked for the judge who tried Manuel Noriega who in this book Barr called “one of America’s greatest judges.” In Barr’s case he only applied to conservative ideological judges. Unlike Barr I never worked for the CIA although before I was married I had a roommate who did. Unlike Barr I always wanted to practice law. Unlike Barr I never got a job because I was a Republican or a conservative because I am neither.

When Barr replaced Jeff Sessions as Attorney General I was pleased because I thought (erroneously it turns out) that Barr was not a politician. This book proves otherwise. Barr wasn’t a terrible AG when he served in the first Bush Administration and I assumed he would resist President notion that the Attorney General served the President instead of the people. Although he was an apologist for many Trumpian foibles he stood up to Trump when it counted and for this we owe him gratitude.

That said, I thought Barr had a ghostwriter because he is simply no academic and this book is filled with pseudo intellectual arguments that boil down to this-the Democrats are bad, without exception, and almost all Republicans are good. The only Democrat who Barr ever said anything nice about was calling my judge “one,of America’s greatest judges”, which he was. The only Republicans he thought were bad were Trump at times, Roger Stone at times, and that’s about it. As to a ghostwriter, it finally occurred to me that much of this book consists of cut and paste from the many speeches an AG is called upon to believer.

Barr became AG twice because he is a true believer in the Republican ideology that delivered him twice to Main Justice. He wasn’t the worse, but he could have done so much better. Our nation was at risk and all of his excuses for Trump and his cronies.

Don’t waste your time.

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Audible purchase.

22 hours. Slept through half of it. Barr really likes Barr. Actually felt sorry for the narrator.

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Hard going

Narrators voice dull and mundane. Contents full of initials for posts and long words. Boring.