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Rage Hardcover – Illustrated, September 15, 2020
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“A huge bestseller, as it should be. An amazing book.”—Wolf Blitzer, CNN
“Trump is the first candidate for president to launch an October surprise against himself. It’s as if Nixon sent the Nixon tapes to Woodward in an envelope by FedEx.”—Nick Confessore of the New York Times
“Even in a news landscape where it feels like nothing is shocking anymore, the first excerpts from the new Bob Woodward book still landed like a pair of hydrogen bombs.”—Vanity Fair
“Woodward’s prose offers readers that delicious, vicarious sense of being an insider, right there in the room with Bob, a witness to presidential sulks and boasts.”—Rosa Brooks, Washington Post
“We’ve had 45 presidents of the United States and we have had exactly one Bob Woodward. …He has written about nine consecutive presidents from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.…Bob Woodward delivers the verdict of the first draft of history.”—Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC host
“[T]his revealing look at an embattled presidency facing a pandemic, racial unrest and a suffering economy…the book’s details have been explosive.”—USA Today
“Rage is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand Trump.”—Walter Clemons, New York Journal of Books
“It's okay. I mean it’s fine.”—President Donald J. Trump, when asked if Rage was accurate
“Damning…. Unlike most Trump tapes, Woodward’s actually tell us something new about the president, rather than just confirming what we think we already know.”—Michelle Goldberg, New York Times
“Rage may be Bob Woodward's most important book since All the President's Men.”—Peter Bergen, CNN
“Bob Woodward induced a confession of the greatest lie in American history...a catastrophic leadership failure.”—Steve Schmidt, campaign strategist for John McCain
“Now, thanks to The Post’s Bob Woodward, we have learned the answer with regard to what history is likely to rank as perhaps the most consequential of all the falsehoods that Trump has uttered.”—Karen Tumulty, Washington Post
“That’s part of what makes the revelations today from Bob Woodward's new book so stomach churning...the worst thing you can imagine."—Rachel Maddow, MSNBC host
“Over nearly a half-century, no other person—including people wielding official power as legislators or prosecutors—has done as much to illuminate the modern presidency and help shape understanding of the nine people to hold the office during his career as Woodward, wielding only a journalist’s unofficial powers of curiosity, notepad, and recorder.”—John F. Harris, Politico
“The book possesses more than a patina of similarity to the famous televised interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon, the president Woodward and Carl Bernstein brought down with their reporting on Watergate nearly a half-century ago.”—The Guardian
“At age 77, well over half a lifetime after he and Carl Bernstein took down President Richard Nixon with their reporting on Watergate, Woodward seems more willing—perhaps entitled—to put himself in the narrative and state his own views explicitly. In many ways, though, he’s the same Woodward. He’s an unparalleled amasser of secret documents, inside facts, dazzling scoops….What Woodward does is paint a picture of presidents dealing with power and crises.”—Fred Kaplan, Slate
“I don’t believe Mr. Woodward has ever written so clearly or with such urgency...”—Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Woodward follows Fear with another alarming and deeply reported account of turmoil, dysfunction, and recklessness within the Trump administration... This devastating report will leave a lasting mark.”—Publishers Weekly
“The most comprehensive and damning catalog yet of [Trump’s] failings in office”—Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
“An essential account of a chaotic administration that, Woodward makes painfully clear, is incapable of governing.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Arguably the most important journalist of the past 50 years, and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. He is thorough, disciplined, careful. He fact-checks, backs up what he says, mines as many sources as possible.”—Harlan Coben, bestselling novelist
“The preeminent journalist of his generation.”—David Ignatius, Washington Post
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.52 pounds
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198213173X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982131739
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (September 15, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WRITING: Typical Woodward style. Not a classic, but very readable with solid editing.
LANGUAGE: More “f-words” than some will like, but this is the language used today.
ANYTHING NEW: Well, on specifics, yes, unless you’ve been watching the recent excerpts posted in the news, ‘fake’ and ‘real.’ What strikes me most, though, is Trump’s gall to tell supporters COVID is overblown, or a hoax, while telling Woodward how dangerous it is.
Honestly, when I got this book I was prepared to yell bloody murder. Then, as I poured over Trump’s words, I came to realize how similar the man is to the murderer on Colombo. He’s so much smarter than anyone ever suspected, and toys with his pursuers in a game of cat and mouse while handling great threats to our nation.
At last, I do understand Trump, thanks to Woodward’s probing into how Trump actually thinks.
The bizarre aspect is that Trump took part in several recorded, face-to-face interviews, knowing Woodward would make the recordings public. Then, when the book comes out, Trump calls Woodward a has been, or some such nonsense, and his fellow GOP leadership takes Trump’s side. Why?
Are they gutless, clueless, or just playing games with their followers and Woodward?
Enjoy the book. It shows us volumes of information that will serve as grist for universities studying politics and psychopaths.
Five stars out of five.
Woodward describes the events and has dates, times involved, and with his 19 visits with Trump, he has tapes. These conversations with Trump are the base of this book. All these people who have come and gone and most are named as anonymous sources, consider Trump not safe to serve, but no where is it recorded that anyone tried to join forces to bring trump down. Did trump have something on each of these people that they feared he would spill their secrets? No one offered to tell anyone with authority what they knew.
It is said that friends of Woodward, suggested to Trump that he should meet with Woodward so that the book Woodward was going to write would be something trump could control, unlike the previous book,Fear, which tore trump to shreds. In this book he would have some say into what was written. But, Trump would talk to Woodward and say whatever came to mind. Of all of the tapes of conversations, it is the Covid19 that is bringing the most news. All of the conversations with the anonymous people bring some info and input, but they all have been heard before. It is Trump’s own voice that does him in. He gave Woodward an extraordinary amount of time, but the book did not bring Trump into a better light as he had wished. Trump does not know how to stop talking and his lies become his truths.
The opening pages and the finale contain most of the information you need. The info in-between is important and gives great credence to the life of Donald Trump as president.
Recommended. prisrob 09-15-2020
Sadly, the elements of this story are based on facts that have been opined by the author and his very large and capable staff. The book is extremely well written and the production value is excellent. It includes thoughtful B&W pictures of key players that include pointed commentary, an interactive notes section, (for the Kindle version), as well as the same for the notes section.
My biggest issue with this book is that it was presented with bias AND topped off with the author’s OP ED piece, as if this were an edition of his Sunday paper, which I’d NEVER purchase. I continue to hold out hope that some journalist from days gone bye will remember the nobles oblige; it wasn’t Woodward 📚
Top reviews from other countries
Woodward has a historians eye for detail, and a press eye for a story - and what a heck of a story he tells! A story of nepotism, mood-swings, rabid hatred, love for dictators and so much more. If (like me) you are looking for the final reference on why the American dream is over - this is the one to refer to.
The audio tape teasers on news broadcasts are captivating and damning. Woodward's interviews with Steven Colbert and Anderson Cooper are solid.
Thus far, I've read the first five chapters and the prologue. It's an easy read in terms of writing style; the content makes a Stephen King novel seem tame.
I found Fear to be something of a disjointed read as it kind of bounced all around the timeline, and hence it felt more like I was just reading tidied-up reporters notes rather than something a bit more cohesive. But the strength of Woodward's reporting in that book, coupled with some of the snippets from his Trump interviews, finally overcame my reluctance and occasioned me to pick up Rage.
It turns out that was a good decision. The sense of temporal shift has diminished substantially, and instead, the reader gets a better sense of the progression of events through time. The book overall had a much more structured feeling to it, and I wound up not feeling as adrift as I did with Fear.
Though not explicitly broken down this way, the book can be thought of as being in two parts. The first charts a largely chronological course through the Trump administration from the perspective of various admin members who generally aren't with the administration any longer. It explores details that weren't covered in Fear and dovetails with the events reported there.
The second part kicks in with the emergence of the coronavirus, which largely coincides with Woodward's recorded interviews with Trump. For the most part, this is largely a retelling of those interviews, with some observations from Woodward and others interspersed with the transcripts. One aspect of this section that caught my attention is Woodward's brief digression into discussing Kushner's actions and thoughts in and around the time of the virus. On the one hand, Kushner sees Trump very clearly and somehow seems to conclude that he's brilliant, while at the same time saying that to understand Trump one of the books you need to read is Alice in Wonderland. On the other hand, Woodward gives Kushner some good marks for competency in some of the actions he's taken on the coronavirus. I recall reading in the mainstream media about some of these at the time but never was there a follow up that showed that Kushner may have actually done some good work. That certainly puts some credence into the complaints about media bias.
What does become clear as Woodward keeps pushing Trump for specifics on how he will respond to the virus is that Trump falls back onto the old patterns of not actually answering questions, and instead deflects with grievances or repeated re-telling of what he views as his successes. This is the same empty rhetoric that I saw when the Washington Post interviewed candidate Trump and convinced me that he really was an empty vessel. It's tough to walk away from this book without thinking the same thing this time around, at least for me.
If you enjoyed Fear, you should find this a compelling read as well. If you found Fear lacking in the ways that I did, you should find this addressing some of those flaws and providing a pretty riveting read.