“Explosive.”—The Washington Post

“Devastating.”—The New Yorker


“Great reporting...astute.”Hugh Hewitt


With authoritative reporting honed through nine presidencies, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies.

Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.

Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. Often with day-by-day details, dialogue and documentation, Fear tracks key foreign issues from North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, the Middle East, NATO, China and Russia. It reports in-depth on Trump’s key domestic issues particularly trade and tariff disputes, immigration, tax legislation, the Paris Climate Accord and the racial violence in Charlottesville in 2017.

Fear presents vivid details of the negotiations between Trump’s attorneys and Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, laying out for the first time the meeting-by-meeting discussions and strategies. It discloses how senior Trump White House officials joined together to steal draft orders from the president’s Oval Office desk so he would not issue directives that would jeopardize top secret intelligence operations.

“It was no less than an administrative coup d’état,” Woodward writes, “a nervous breakdown of the executive power of the most powerful county in the world.”

Fear - Bob Woodward Summary

Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behavior, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events. Fear in human beings may occur in response to a certain stimulus occurring in the present, or in anticipation or expectation of a future threat perceived as a risk to body or life. The fear response arises from the perception of danger leading to confrontation with or escape from/avoiding the threat (also known as the fight-or-flight response), which in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) can be a freeze response or paralysis. In humans and animals, fear is modulated by the process of cognition and learning. Thus fear is judged as rational or appropriate and irrational or inappropriate. An irrational fear is called a phobia. Psychologists such as John B. Watson, Robert Plutchik, and Paul Ekman have suggested that there is only a small set of basic or innate emotions and that fear is one of them. This hypothesized set includes such emotions as acute stress reaction, anger, angst, anxiety, fright, horror, joy, panic, and sadness. Fear is closely related to, but should be distinguished from, the emotion anxiety, which occurs as the result of threats that are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable. The fear response serves survival by engendering appropriate behavioral responses, so it has been preserved throughout evolution. Sociological and organizational research also suggests that individuals’ fears are not solely dependent on their nature but are also shaped by their social relations and culture, which guide their understanding of when and how much fear to feel...

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Garbage1 star

Absolute garbage.. found this to be full of ideas twisted to fit an agenda 15


Mediocre1 star

Facts over feelings 15


Wow...5 star

An inside look in the Trump White House that is completely free of bias. Woodward is very sure to use quotes around the phrases he obtained from “on the record” content, and then somehow manages a way to finish a phrase even if it might have been from an anonymous source. It’s truly a smart way of showing what real people think about the president and the situation going on in the White House, while Woodward covers his own skin so we won’t be accused of libel. 55

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Muncho gusto de mi Estreno de mi Sueño Colección Artes5 star

Thanks papa and my brother have been watching this video for all my life ever since I was on the radio station for the first time since 55


Well researched and written5 star

Further confirmation of why the trump administration is the rolling dumpster fire that it is. Whether the Donald was a successful real estate developer is debatable but it surely didn’t prepare him to be a successful president. He lacks the character, temperament, and intelligence for the office. For sure we have problems and blame enough to go around, the Donald is not the savior, It will take decades to clean up his mess. When the economy sputters he will deny and deflect responsibility but eventually even his loyal supporters will understand they’ve been duped by this con man, serial liar, and narcissist. Trump will be recorded as the most inept president in our history and the the jerk that he is. 55


Good reading5 star

More factual the author doesn’t bash Trump he lets the facts speak for themselves. Very informative book. 55


20205 star

Great book and I’m still a trump supporter 2020!!!!!! 55


D. McNamara1 star

Sometimes reporters investigate, gather facts, and tell a story. Woodward opts to just let a handful of sources blather out their hero stories, without much analysis. So John Dowd wanted a vehicle to poor-mouth Mueller and make his case that Trump has done nothing wrong - but just is amply a serial liar. There is no other voices to assess Dowd’s coarse legal analysis. Woodward just recites it, including every Trump gush about what a great lawyer Dowd is. Even the example Dowd gives of the former Galleon hedge Fund manager who was a poor witness goes by without acknowledgement that Raj was a sleazy inside trader and a Dowd failed spectacularly at trial. The Dowd chapters are but a plant by a Dowd to brag and serve his client while demeaning Mueller - who won’t leak to defend himself. Trump must have approved of Dowd sharing the leaked conversations between he and Trumo, lest Dowd would be facing serious ethical consequences. Woodward got used, and so did I buying this recitation of Trump insiders who found a willing transcriber of their self-serving soliloquies. 15


Heresay1 star

This book is a joke. 15


Excellent5 star

Another well written book my acclaimed author Bob Woodward. I must admit, I found it difficult to put this book down. Fascinating what happens behind the scenes and the chaotic situation unfolding in the White House. Thank you Bob for asking the tough questions. 55

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It shows a different5 star

This was an excellent read. I haven’t read a book since high school and I’ve finished this in a week. It really shows a different side of The White House. Thank you for this in depth look. 55

Wayne kennedy jr

Pure and utter bs1 star

This book is so full of lies 15


Fear5 star

I found the book interesting. It gives the reader a look at how disorganized the White House is, and how we should all be a little scared. He is self righteous, rude, condescending, big fat liar. 55

jane blune

Fear1 star

I fear people might actually believe this terribly written book. Woodward is not a trustworthy writer. Big disappointment! 15


Fascinating! MUST READ!5 star

Fascinating a MUST READ👍🏼 55

Winnie Warner

Well Written and Interesting Read5 star

I just finished! I loved getting the back story to the news in the headlines these past months. While I found much of it alarming, I found nothing that didn't ring true, based on my image of this president. I hope our democracy can pick up the pieces in 2020, and move forward. 55


Wow5 star

I thought the president was a mess. Now there is no doubt. What have we done? 55


Enjoyed but feel gyped4 star

Book downloaded at 450 pages. Actually text is less than 340. Lots of photos, index, acknowledgments, ads for other books. Felt cheated and cut short. But very good book. I recommend but recognize what you’re buying. 45

NY Lawyer Guy

Fear3 star

What I enjoy reading are those reviews dated before the book was released. What nonsense. I gave it 3 stars since you are required to post. However, I have not read it yet. 35

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