“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 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 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 (1,212)


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


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


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

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

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