All opinions on this book were provided by my husband, who agreed to write his very first book review for my blog.
Rage by Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of original reporting on the Trump presidency. Rage goes behind the scenes like never before, with stunning new details about early national security decisions and operations and Trump’s moves as he faces a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest. Woodward, the #1 internationally bestselling author of 13 #1 bestsellers, including Fear: Trump in the White House, shows Trump up close in his entirety before the 2020 presidential election.
Donald Trump is a polarizing figure and it is difficult to write anything about him without some sort of political bias but it would be fair to say that Rage leans towards being critical without being too controversial.
Essentially, the facts are laid out for the reader to determine their own point of view but the final sentence of the book is damning to say the least. My wife (and creator of this blog) got me this for Christmas because of my fascination – I am reluctant to say obsession – with the Trump brand of politics and how the chaos is presented, manipulated and ignored. The speed of the news cycle with Trump means it will never be up to date information which is one of the reasons I wanted to read it so quickly because so much has changed even since the book was released back in September 2020.
Rage focuses mainly on the final year of the Presidency so obviously the handling of the global pandemic is a central theme but one of my minor issues was that it was not in a particularly chronological order so chapters would flip between points in time making it a little hard to follow in some instances especially when referring to some of the main “characters” which leads me onto my other slight issue with the book.
Though I believe I am quite knowledgeable on American politics it is by no means extensive and there is a great deal of reference to various Secretary of States or Intelligence Officers which due to Trump’s propensity to fire his staff means the previous problem of switching between times of the year I could lose track of who was who. I think more regular readers will be able to recall these with greater accuracy, however, and it is not a fault of the book more of my own lack of recent reading experience.
Overall, if you want to discover on what basis some hugely important decisions are made and the state of mind of America’s 45th President, it is very enjoyable. Much of the writing is from the recordings taken during interviews and repeated verbatim so you can almost hear his voice coming from the page (I understand this can be seen as positive or negative!).
There will be so much written about this period of history and I believe that this will be one of the most accurate recollections because the author was able to access Trump in the present and at the time the crisis was occurring, my fear for any future books would be facts become distorted over time to paint a very different picture or to put it more bluntly, fake news.
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