“Explosive.”—The Washington Post
“Devastating.”—The New Yorker


With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, 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. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. 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.

Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.

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 specific 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 generating 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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Fear - Bob Woodward Book Reviews (900)


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


False1 star

False, 0 facts. 15


Fear is understated5 star

Each page is a revelation! If you don’t read this book, you are not seeing how the USA can be ruined by a very small group of people and a narcissist. The people around Trump should be ashamed and history will treat them VERY poorly. 55


Absolutely Stunning5 star

This book is AMAZING!! As always, Bob Woodward’s investigative reporting is on full display and shows the maelstrom and turmoil of the Trump Presidency. Good help us 55


Excellent Read.5 star

Woodward sets you in the middle of the scene like a fly on the wall. This is legitimate journalism at its best. 55


Trash1 star

Just trash 15


Steadfast5 star

An outstanding, balanced look at the maelstrom on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. There is not a single judgement passed in these passages- just page after page that feels like a run away train that’s leaking oil badly with no one at the wheel. Your dedication to the craft should be applauded. Thank you for your steadfast approach that allows its reader to fairly analyze the individual players pov... never judges, only listens. Bravo. -Chris Miller 55


“No Trump/Russia Collusion?”5 star

No reference or evidence of Trump/Russia collusion in the book? Epic failure. Woodward’s book goes in a pile of garbage as with Omarosa’s and Michael Wolf’s fictions. Anybody can make money writing a fiction about Trump 55


Disrespectful1 star

😡 15


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

Just juju7

Happiness4 star

It's the opposite of "FEAR". I'm happy a man like Bob Woodward had the courage to tell the truth about this very dangerous man we call President Trump. It takes courage to write a book that reveals this dangerous Fearful idiot! 45


Soy boy dream book1 star

Soy boys would love this book 15


The title says it all1 star

Fear this book. It isn’t great. Woodward trying to regain the limelight. Not that Trump is my hero or a great president by any means, but Woodward’s rush to be the first to write the “inside look” has resulted in a highly pretentious, trump deranged piece of pulp. No deep throat here, just fear mongering at its worst. Almost two years into the presidency and the economy is good and the world is still spinning. I think all will be okay. I think Bob Woodward will be okay too. Definitely doesn’t have to worry about money after capitalizing on peoples hysteria. 15


DACA error?4 star

in the part of the book where Trump is exploding over the perception that his thinking is “evolving”about DACA there’s a few paragraphs where it looks there is a printing error. Clearly Kelly was talking about Trump but there are several sentences like “ Kelly says that Kelly has a short attention span”and so forth. It was weird did anybody else notice? I contacted a person who’s got a hard copy of the book, not electronic like mine, to see if they saw the same thing. 45


Fear1 star

The editor for Simon & Schuster should be ashamed and reconciled for allowing the use of curse words to make points in Bob Woodruff’s new book, FEAR. Even if the author chose to quote his wording as he received it from interviews, it makes sloppy an inappropriate use of foul language to make points and speaks against both the author and the editor. 15

Paul from Ptown

Bland Gloss2 star

The skin deep research, mediocre writing, and inconclusiveness capture the mendacity of Trump to a tee. 25


Yup it’s a good read5 star

🍊⏳💸 55


Fear is what they’re feeling1 star

Liberals grasping for straws again. I’m guessing the Russian bots are going to be mentioned.😏 After all we all know they did it! That’s all CNN was talking about for a whole year anyways😅 15

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