Team of Vipers by Cliff Sims

Team of Vipers

The first honest insider’s account of the Trump administration. After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy.He soon found himself pulled into the President’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. Sometimes all in the same conversation.As a result, Sims gained...

Details Team of Vipers

TitleTeam of Vipers
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, History, Biography

Reviews Team of Vipers

  • Matt
    While there have been many tell-all books about the Trump White House, many seek only to create the largest bloodbath possible. Scorning President Trump and those around him proves to be a message that sells copies and helps to rile up the reading/general public. Enter Cliff Sims, whose work on the Trump Campaign and in the White House offers an insider’s view of the man and those who surrounded him. Providing more of a velvet glove approach, S...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    No, I have not read it. I have a problem with the title. It should be: CAUCUS OF CLOWNS.
  • Bill Kerwin
    Because I am a lazy reader, I dislike unreliable narrators: they make me work too hard. True, if the writing be fiction, and the writer be greatly gifted (Twain, Nabokov, Kesey), I may decide to enter—and joyfully enter—into their world. But if the writing is a memoir, and the writer is a second-rate political hack trying to make his million with a tell-all, who chooses to withhold from his readers the worst truths about himself, then my disl...
  • Joe Conley
    Overall, pretty fucking boring. Sims, as you may know, is a fan of Trump. He spends some time rationalizing this at the beginning of the book, admitting he doesn't agree with Trump on a lot of things because Sims is a conservative with strong Christian values, but then admitting that none of that really matters because Trump is lightyears better than the devil incarnate, Hillary Clinton. Most of the book is then spent offering increasingly insinc...
  • Jill Meyer
    Cliff Sims is a 20-something wonderkind from Alabama, where he was the CEO of a media company. In 2016, he had broken the story - complete with audio tapes - of the affair the state's governor, Robert Bentley had been having with his (much younger) assistant, Rebekah Mason. Bentley ultimately resigned/was pushed out of office. About the same time, Sims had had a radio interview with then-candidate Donald Trump that had gone well. A little later, ...
  • Rebecca
    First of all, I'm no fan of Trump. My thoughts about the book are, inevitably, colored by that. The book is fun to read and a quick read, packed with anecdotes and the author's take on the WH personalities. It is by far the most flattering take on the current WH that I've seen, and the author's attempts to put some of these characters in a kindly or sympathetic light are heroic. He clearly has drunk the Kool-Aid and is a True Believer in the Repu...
  • Bonnie Morse
    Lot of hypocrisy and nonsense from a conservative christian, son and grandson of ministers, who believes no matter how wicked Trump is, he’s better than Mrs Clinton. The author revels in Trump’s foulness, defending him at every turn, while paying fake service to his own twisted morals by not printing four letter words. Although some five letter words are all right, apparently. Unfortunately people like Mr Cliff only seem to recognize one defi...
  • Dantan Wernecke
    I HAVE READ THE BOOK. I can’t even explain how dumb this book is. He had to go through 15 months in the Trump White House to learn some pretty basic and trite life-lessons? Cutthroat Washington surprised him? His most important event was when the Alabama football team came to the White House? Really? REALLY!? Look folks. Accounts of working in this banal administration have become horrendously banal. I truly do not understand why POTUS is so an...
  • Karen Adkins
    While there are some interesting ground-level tidbits from this book, I will admit to feeling dirty after buying and reading it. Sims is so self-serving in his account that it's hard to take him seriously. It's clear from some of his stories that he was a prime leaker to the press corps; the conversation where John Kelly says this is the worst job he's had is a one-on-one with Sims, for instance. But more damningly, he inadvertently reveals subst...
  • Sarah
    DNF. I just couldn't with this one. I love dishy anecdotes about the Trump administration (why not take what amusement I can from this otherwise soul-crushing era we're living in?), but this guy was just too all-in on Republican values for me to listen to for 14+ hours. I liked Omarosa's book even though she was clearly a self-serving opportunist, but she wasn't blabbing at me about how she really hoped the obvious bs about Trump's faith and pro-...
  • Lina
    Saw the interview with Cliff Sims on Morning Joe. He comes off as genuine and has a very interesting point of view. I just want to understand the persona that Trump puts out and the machine behind it.
  • Marco G
    Right wing theocrat who has no problem ripping babies from their moms and separating them in kids prisons on the border has gripes with a douche bag of a President because he was unceremoniously blocked from a move out of the white house to the dept of State amn then basically fired from the White House job by Chief of Staff Kelly, who is made to look like an even bigger a-hole then Trump, which is remarkable. The book is full of stories taking j...
  • Morgan Schulman
    I actually read the book and this is what it is: The author is a Conservative Republican who is cool with all of the administration’s agenda, and when Trump’s deportment crosses his Christian values, he consoles himself that it’s better than Hillary being president. He continues to justify his role in the palace intrigue as for the greater moral good of maintaining Republican leadership, until they turn on him. Then they’re vipers. Once h...
  • Jeff
    IT’s ALL ABOUT METhis is , perhaps, one of the oddest books I’ve ever read. Hardly being a Trump fan, I was looking forward to details about Trump’s daily maneuvers. Cliff Sims makes him into a god. He’s also a prime example of a know it all. Some how the author ingratiated himself into every West Wing event. I’m not at all sure what the guy did in the White House other than tell people how they were doing their job wrong. He somehow sc...
  • Shani Greene-Dowdell
    How does one justify bringing down one politician for adultery only to end up working for Trump? Then this author talks as if it was his morals that led him to both decisions Incredible gaslighting that is all so familiar these days.
  • Misfit
    Meh. This is a mixed bag and not quite what I expected. If the author hates you, you're a viper. If he likes you or thought you were kind to him, you get a pass as a good person, even lying Sarah. At first it was fun to read, revisiting all those names now long gone from the WH scene, especially the background on Spicer's notorious presser about the size of the inauguration crowds :DThen, lack of continuity dug in (editor, where are you?) and thi...
  • Amy
    A REVIEW FROM SOMEONE WHO'S ACTUALLY READ THE BOOK!I pre-ordered this, and pretty much devoured it over the course of last night and this morning (allowing for a few hours of sleep). I wanted to read the tell all written by someone who supports Trump and his platform, and was willing to be honest about his experiences no matter how that honesty might be interpreted. Reading Team of Vipers was difficult, primarily because I have a very low toleran...
  • Claudia
    Can't remember reading a book by an author quite so self-delusional. He puts words in Individual #1's mouth that do not fit. Eloquent, articulate words of self-praise. Sims thinks he's writing about how I#1 was betrayed by the vipers around him...and he occasionally dips into a bit of self-reflection...but he shows an I#1 who gleefully set people up to argue and rage, who played favorites, who mocked sincere effort and sincere people.As much of a...
  • Lupita
    Still haven’t read it, but giving it a five-star rating to balance out the right-wing “reviewers” who won’t accept the truth. Cliff Sims seems to be more honest than Omarosa, so he’s probably (very likely, actually) telling the truth in the book.
  • Matt Weinstein
    70% praising Trump; 20% criticizing his colleagues; 10% faux self reflection. At least it’s pretty well written.
  • COL(ret.) Frank J. Stech, PhD
    Very interesting details on the corruption of the White House office handling security clearances. Totally venal and incompetent. Author sees the utter disaster of the two plus years of Trump wreckage, but blames everyone but Trump. This is the sad story of a MAGA true believer, who can't see the abcess at the center of the cult. Everything that makes his hero unfit to be the POTUS seems like a virtue to this synchophant. Even when Trump screws h...
  • Natalie
    I’ll admit I read this book because I dislike Trump and wanted to be able to laugh about the discord behind the scenes. Not exactly a laudable motivation, but there it is. If you’re like me, this is not worth your time. Honestly, I don’t know that this is worth ANYONE’S time. Sims grapples with pointing out how terrible the White House Team is while trying to make himself sound good and Trump sound like a winner. He does not pull it off. ...
  • Greg Daly
    Rear covering snivel from a Trump fanboy, apologist, and spin doctor. Some insightful anecdotes, but by and large an exercise in finger pointing and CYA by a sycophant who now has his own consulting business.
  • Reverenddave
    This book, by Cliff Sims, yet another former Trump staffer, the director of media strategy, does more to explain the administration’s lack of media strategy or ability to message than give real insight to anything behind the scenes. His shallow skill set, and the superficial level of self-reflection is in his book, is on stunning display in his recent interview with Isaac Chotiner at the New Yorker. The self-described comms strategist flounders...
  • Kinzer Twins
    Reading this book reminded me of what a good read Robert Woodward's "Fear" was. Smoothly written and organized, well informed and with one eye always on the reader, it's an entertaining book, and one eye on history, a careful documentation of the first chaotic years of the Trump Administration. So careful that I wonder what will be revealed when Woodward donates his papers to a library or University. Still, I'm glad Cliff Sims sat down and wrote ...
  • Leigh
    Whether you love Trump or hate him, don't waste your time reading this book, its only redeeming value is that it brings us together, makes everyone's blood boil, regardless of political affiliations. If you do read it, you might take some anti-nausea medication; this man is agnostic in that he sickens all. Cliff Sim tip toes around the betrayal of his Christian values for access to power and personal gain, and his use of God given talents to enab...
  • Susan
    Well, I finished it. The author is a true believer in Trump and what he has been doing to the country for the last 2 years, which can not help but color my reaction to this book. He honestly believes that the tax bill passed in 2017 was "tax reform" rather than a gift to the wealthy. He commended Trump for appointing a record number of federal judges during his first year in office, when in actuality there were so many vacancies because Mitch McC...