Our appetite for Trumpology seems to be insatiableby Prospect Team / December 8, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in Mid-winter (Jan-Feb) 2019 issue of Prospect Magazine
In 2018, much ink was spilled over Donald Trump’s car-crash government. Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury (Little, Brown), 1.4m copies of which were ordered in its first week, is a reckless account of a reckless president. Filled with gossipy nuggets that might pique the interest of special counsel Robert Mueller—Steve Bannon described Don Jr’s dealings with Russia as “treasonous”—Wolff’s book is, in our reviewer’s words, “the most unflattering account of any sitting president in US history.” Until the next two Trump books, that is. Fear (Simon & Schuster) by long-term president watcher Bob Woodward is a sober dismantling of the current White House. Institutional damage is less visible but still important. Michael Lewis’s unsettling The Fifth Risk (Allen Lane) looks beyond the tantrums to analyse how government departments have been emptied of talent.
Anyone looking fondly back at the Obama administration can pick up engaging and self-reflective accounts from his former speechwriter Ben Rhodes in The World As It Is (Bodley Head) and his former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, in From Cold War to Hot Peace (All…