Function and Dysfunction in the White House

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff Little, Brown, 2018, 336 pages, $32.99 __________________________________ It is arguable whether Fire and Fury was an appropriate choice of title for Michael Wolff’s insider account of the Trump White House’s first year. The phrase—taken from Trump’s comments that he would bring upon North Korea “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it continued to threaten the United States—seems too portentous for a gossipy volume preoccupied largely with the apparently immense foibles of every single person the author came across during his investigations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.…

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