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Rage Paperback – 7 July 2021
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK (7 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471197743
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471197741
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.95 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 171,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It contains several discrepancies which are easily disproved with a simple web search, much is lacking proper context, and whilst this book is partly based in fact, a larger proportion of it is really just another example of your everyday op-Ed.
If I had known this going in, I would not have bought it. That said, the writer is skilled and the prose reads well. Credit where credit is due.
However, for someone wavering on the edge, where the more I learn, the more questions are raised as to the truth of what I’ve heard, rather than putting an end to my feelings of discomfort regarding the lies we seem to all have been swallowing since 2016. I will continue to search & learn, if you are certain in your convictions, this may likely be a more rewarding read for you. For me however, it fell very flat indeed.
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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 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.
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.
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