Fear by Bob Woodward


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 t...

Details Fear

Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Politics, History, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Fear

  • Betsy Robinson
    About a quarter of the way through this comprehensive history of everything leading up to the election of Trump and all the current events, Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs who is the president’s top economic advisor, attempts to explain our economy to Trump. He brings him copious research and data and finally makes it as simple as possible by asking: which would you choose—to go into a mine and get black lung or to make the s...
  • Will Byrnes
    …the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Inaugural address – March 4, 1933 Real power is—I don’t even want to use the word—fear. - Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump in an interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on March 31, 2016FDR was correct. The fear that gripped the nation in the Great Depression may have had a basis in reality, but acceding to that fear could have hindered any attempts to...
  • Katie
    It’s Bob Woodward. How do you think Trumpworld will react? Woodward is methodical, precise, and willing to hold anyone to account, regardless of political stripe.https://www.politico.eu/blogs/on-medi...
  • Peter
    Revelation? “Cohn realised that Trump had gone bankrupt six times and seemed not to mind. Bankruptcy was just another business strategy. Walk away, threaten to blow up the deal. Real power is fear.” Donald Trump is probably the most divisive President in US history and has created a polarised nation between those believing he is honestly and strategically playing a role to achieve gains for the US, and those who think he’s destructive, s...
  • Michael Ferro
    Unlike FIRE AND FURY, Bob Woodward's work is backed by the validity of two Pulitzer prizes and numerous accolades for his inscrutable reporting. One of the key men responsible for helping to shed a light on (and bring down) Nixon and his atrocities, I can think of few other journalists who are needed more in our modern political realm than Woodward. That said, FEAR scared the shit out of me. Move over, Stephen King, Bob Woodward has written the m...
  • HFK
    Okay, you motherfuckers and fatherfuckers - who of you has enough hairy balls and hairy pussies to buddy or group read Fear with me, starting 11 of September? According to my friend-list, there is 331 potentials to be brave enough to accept the challenge. As many know, I am pretty neutral when comes to Trump. I just do not posses strong feelings towards him, and it does not cause much discomfort for me when discussing of him (even sometimes I def...
  • Cecily
    I don’t read many non-fiction books, and almost never politics, let alone foreign politics. But more than two years of slavishly, horrifiedly(!) following a spectrum of US news sites and tweeters has changed that.First, I read and reviewed Fire and Fury (my review HERE), as one of the early headline-grabbing books of Trump’s regime.Then, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (my review HERE), as it was refreshingly fun, and with a good, positive ...
  • Bill Kerwin
    The thing you should know about Woodward and Bernstein is that Woodward was never much of a writer. No, Bernstein, he was the writer. Choosing the right word, arranging the facts in a persuasive array, concluding with a rhetorical flourish: these are contributions Bernstein made that gave the work of Bernward and Woodstein its sophistication, its polish.Of course, Bernstein was a heck of a reporter too, but the two of them were different. Bernste...
  • Mackey
    If Bob Woodward's latest book doesn't put a little fear in your heart, then you're not paying attention. I'm a Watergate kid. I grew up with the Watergate hearings on our television - along with Vietnam, of course - every single day. We knew who John and Mo were and Senator Sam and the entire mesmerizing, horrifying bunch. But the pair we knew best were Woodward and Bernstein. To me, they were heroes who met in dark alleys to get the scoop and ha...
  • Tatiana
    I have to say, I'd enjoyed Michael Wolff's book much more than this one. Simply because it was so much easier for me to indulge in Wolff's narrative of chaos and stupidity.What Woodward's serves up here is harder for me to accept. The gist? The president gets what he wants and has plenty of enablers and supporters who will make any of his wants come true. I don't know how others see it, but it's clear to me the real pushback Trump ever got had to...
  • Michael Burnam-Fink
    Fear is the establishment's answer to Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. Where Wolff is a gossip rag arsonist who relied heavily on Steve Bannon's version of events, Bob Woodward is, well, he's Woodward. He took down Nixon and written books on every subsequent president. Fear relies on hundreds of hours of transcribed interviews on deep background, and reading between the lines its easy to huess his sources are mostly "responsible adults" who have le...
  • Darwin8u
    Since All the President's Men there really hasn't been a Woodward book I've enjoyed. I once owned a bunch of his Clinton, Bush books, but I found them obnoxious and DC proximity porn. While I think some of the information gleaned by Woodward for this book is worth the proximity porn, I still don't like his style. I'm also not a fan of the actual writing of this book. It doesn't flow. Does it convince me more that Trump is a danger, an idiot, self...
  • Peter
    Occasionally Goodreads members review a book using non-conventional criteria to protest bad behavior by the author on the site, or to protest the author or the author’s subject. One star because they hate the author or their subject. Five stars because they love the author or their subject. My review is not that kind of review. Otherwise stated, my rating should not be conflated with an endorsement for or a demonstration against Woodward or Tru...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Can you come with me up to New York?”“For what?”“To see Donald Trump.”“What about?”“He’s thinking of running for president.”“Of what country?” If you have ever bothered tuning in to the fake news, or read any failing publication or interacted with another human being in the past few years at all, nothing contained within the bindings of Fear will be new to yo...
  • Michael Perkins
    I am not a Trump defender. Quite the opposite. But this story is better suited as a Philip K. Dick novel come to life, that would truly capture the insanity of what's happening. I have written some of that story below. But first a word about the puzzling Woodward book. A missed opportunity.....This book is a failure. It started out promising, but drops like a lead balloon about 25% in. After that, he has very long chapters on topics that anyone w...
  • Lois
    This was extremely readable. I listened to this on audio yesterday. It was interesting enough to hold my interest all day. I briefly paused, started a new book I also like but in the end returned to listening to this and finished it. This isn't my first book on the 2016 Election, chump's campaign or presidency. I've read: Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Mewman, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hacks by Donna ...
  • Jim
    more dirt on the dirtiest creep to ever occupy the whitehouse... thank you bob!!!*********rofl, lol, lmfao, hahahahahahahahahaha, etc....https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-can...say it with me - "coup d'état! coup d'état! coup d'état!"**************it's gotta be John Kellyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/op...*************early reviews of the book are... good?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwA1v...
  • Nadine Jones
    I had zero interest in this book until POTUS started a tweetstorm about it last night. Well, now I HAVE to read it. Do you ever wonder if that's actually his goal? Maybe Trump is the Master of reverse psychology. Maybe he hates the Republican Party. Maybe he was actually tired of the USA dominating the world stage and decided to bring it down by exploding from within ...**** UPDATE (now that I've actually read the book): The reality was that the ...
  • Faith
    Most of the interesting bits of this book have already been revealed in news stories. The book confirms that Trump is a dumb, ignorant, narcissistic, arrogant and mean liar. We already knew that, but his followers don't seem to care. I doubt that this book will help much. When you populate each branch of the government with people who lack integrity, compassion and decency, the checks and balances system won't work. However, at least this author ...
  • Michelle
    What's most shocking about “Fear: Trump in the White House" is that none of it is shocking. Anyone who has seen Trump in action should not be surprised by many of the horrifying revelations in this book. What is absolutely shocking, however, is the fact that his behavior is common knowledge among those in power in D.C. Yet they allow the biggest national security threat we face to continue to occupy the Oval Office, which violates their oaths t...
  • Susan
    Although this book is written by a distinguished journalist, it is unlikely that any Trump supporters will read it. That is because, like Trump himself, they have made up their mind. From reading this, it is very clear that Trump has made up his mind about pretty much everything and he isn’t going to change his opinion no matter what evidence is shown to him. Not that it is easy to try to show him anything, if this book is to be believed. He wo...
  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    Courtesy of H. G. Wells's "War of the Worlds:" We've seen this awful thing before..."I bought and read Hillary Clinton’s book, which I found rather tedious, repetitive, and lacking in some of the same crucial insights missing during her 2016 campaign. I bought and read Ivanka Trump’s book of hints ad cheerleading for working women, which I thought was an amazing and banal pastiche of clichés and platitudes from someone largely clueless about...
  • Monnie
    In the interests of full disclosure, I'm squarely in the anti-Trump camp; as a self-described moderate to flaming liberal and long-time champion of overall human and First Amendment rights (not to mention a retired newspaper editor), his election to the Presidency has been a bitter pill that remains stuck in my craw. Almost every day, the man does or says something else that, IMHO, sets our already great country back at least 50 years. As such, r...
  • katwiththehat
    This was well-written, and professionally presented, everything one would expect from Bob Woodward. A very detailed recounting of basically everything from the 2016 presidential campaign (with some sources even from years before) to early 2018. Parts were very informative. Others were quite scary. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
  • Mehrsa
    It's almost worth reading the entire thing just for the last sentence, which is the biggest non-spoiler ever: The president is a F%&*ing Liar. These are the things this book reveals that we already could have guessed: 1. Our president watches a lot of TV and gets his information and opinions from TV pundits. At one point, he overrules one of Kelly's hires because Lou Dobbs says mean things about her. When he's not watching TV, he's playing golf. ...
  • Bettie☯
    Description: 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 ...
  • David
    This book is entirely in a journalistic style. Bob Woodward summarizes and quotes conversations among people in the Trump administration. The book covers the time period immediately before election day through the first year of Trump's presidency. All of the conversations are based on first-person interviews with people who were actually there. So, the book seems to be entirely factual. Woodward offers absolutely no interpretation or speculation ...
  • Lisa
    SUMMARYBob Woodward reveals the details of life inside President Donald Trump‘s White House. He has written precisely about how Trump has made decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward has drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the debates and decision making in the Oval Office, the situation room, Air Force One and the White House...