Yes, I succumbed and read “that” book!
For anyone who hasn’t heard the furore the book has generated, this is a book about Trump’s presidential campaign and his first nine months as President of USA.
The book purports to have been written with the cooperation of Trump insiders. It attempts to define Trump’s personal style and to show the chaos this creates via the bitter in-fighting between the various factions within the Trump White House.
Wolff describes the three camps as being centred around Steve Bannon, Jarred and Ivanka Kushner and Reince Priebus. It was interesting reading about these groups knowing that neither Steve Bannon nor Reince Priebus still work for Trump.
The book suggests that Trump and his campaign team didn’t expect to win the presidency, that Trump didn’t want to be President and isn’t interested in the day-to-day necessities of the job. It also suggests that the various groups around the President are more interested in scoring points against each other than in presenting a unified view of the President and his policies.
I think that, like a lot of this type of book, this is a broad overview of what is likely to be happening. The events are too close and current to be viewed rationally and clearly. At this point we don’t know what will happen during the Trump Presidency, what the pivotal moments will be and how the presidency will end. Only once the dust has settled will we be able to draw certain conclusions.
I take the book with a pinch of salt but, nonetheless, an interesting read.