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'Fire and Fury' hits local bookstores Friday

23 Enero 2018, 12:55 | Fidele Alvizo

'Fire and Fury' hits local bookstores Friday

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Journalist Michael Wolff's new book, Fire and Fury, may be the bane of the White House these days, but readers eager for political gossip are loving it, at least if early Amazon reviews are to be believed.

The book's author, Michael Wolff, has also alleged that many people close to the President describe him as a "moron, an idiot" and that Mr Trump's deputy chief of staff said working with him is like "trying to figure out what a child wants".

SIMON: But disagreement - Steve Bannon is quoted as saying - and to my knowledge this statement has not been challenged - saying the president has lost it. Now, are you supporting a president who is incapable of being entrusted with, you know, the awesome responsibilities, including his finger on what we're told this week is not actually a nuclear button but obviously has the power to send nuclear weapons.

On Thursday, Trump attempted to block the release of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", after excerpts of the book portrayed the president as incompetent, rash, and nearly illiterate.

He also stressed that he had recordings and notes of conversations reported in the book.

Most reviewers, however, appear to be delighting in the book, largely because it depicts Trump as bumbling and his administration as chaotic.

White House issued a scorched-earth dismissal of the book, its author and his sources.

Some reporters did look at Wolff's past and found reason to doubt his latest account. Trump wrote - a possible reference to Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist, or Steve Rubin, the publisher of Wolff's book.

The book, released Friday by publisher Henry Holt, has already sold out at some area bookstores.

He turned up the heat during his news conference Saturday, saying he went to the "best colleges", was a "very excellent student" and came out and "made billions and billions of dollars - became one of the top business people". "I can see several places in the book that are wrong. Smart!" Trump tweeted about Rebekah Mercer and her family.

Wolff offered one extraordinary observation: The President's closest advisers notice him repeating stories after increasingly short intervals of time.

"The phones started ringing off the hook, as soon as we opened, customers' request after request for the new book", said Meredith Hylton, the manager at Indy Reads Books.

"And what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification".

Late last year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told prosecutors to evaluate "certain issues" raised by congressional Republicans related to the Clinton Foundation, leading to speculation about the potential appointment of another special counsel.

"Anybody who works for Donald Trump, he thinks their job is to protect him".

Even if this were true, says Ms. Showalter, this is "nothing more than the reassurances one gives oneself when one undertakes a tremendously risky venture".

"The West Wing is configured in such a way that the anteroom is quite a thoroughfare - everybody passes by".

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