Bob Woodward Publishes ‘Fear: Trump in the White House’

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Fear. This word represents how some Americans feel about the current administration in the White House. Now, Bob Woodward, famed for breaking the Watergate Scandal, is writing a book to address these fears, and it’s not in Trump’s favor.

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with White House officials and other members of the administration, Woodward’s nonfiction book has already broken pre-sale records at Simon & Schuster, the publisher. It was published on Sept. 11.

Carlos Lozada, a nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, discussed the novel during an interview with CNN.

“The book that “Fear” really reminded me of is “The Final Days”, the second Nixon book by Woodward and Carl Bernstein,” Lozada said. “The depth of dysfunction inside the White House. The President’s unpredictability and moodiness. The White House’s inability to focus on the business of the nation because of the scandal of the moment.”

The book’s release just comes days after the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed, allegedly from a senior official in the White House. The author of the piece describes how many of the officials of the administration are attempting to keep the president under control.

“Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the anonymous writer wrote. “The president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”

Junior Leah Griffin doesn’t believe the anonymous essay is accomplishing anything for the country.

“I think if someone is stating things so in depth, like this anonymous writer did, about any president, there would be disturbing things found,” Griffin said. “We shouldn’t have people in our White House undermining it. Trump was elected and these executive workers were not.

“It seems scary that someone who was not chosen by the people was trying to undermine a duly elected president.”

Senior Noah Eagle thinks the op-ed details what people need to know about the Trump administration.

“I’m glad the op-ed was released because it shows that in this administration that seems like a madhouse at times, there are people who are working hard to try and maintain order,” Eagle said. “The more truths (that) come out about the president, the less effective his lies are.”

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