Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
Fear: Trump in the White House is a non-fiction book by American journalist Bob Woodward about the presidency of Donald Trump.
The book was released on September 11, 2018. Woodward based the book on hundreds of hours of interviews with members of the Trump administration. The book's publisher Simon & Schuster announced that it had sold 1.1 million copies (across all formats) in the first week of its release, making it the fastest-selling opener in the company's history.
The book received generally positive reviews. The review aggregator website Book Marks reported that 14% of critics gave the book a "rave" review, whilst 50% and 21% of the critics expressed "positive" or "mixed" impressions, respectively. Another 14% of the critics "panned" the book, based on a sample of 14 reviews. Lloyd Green of The Guardian described Fear as "another sober, must-read dissection of corruption and rot at the White House", a repeat of Woodward's past reporting on President Richard Nixon. Overall, Green branded Fear as telling a "chilling" story which is "big on facts and short on hyperventilation".
Ron Elving of NPR wrote that Fear is so far "the best glimpse we have into a White House like no other", with an account of Trump "and his presidency so devastating that it can only be described as an indictment". However, Elving expected that a portion of Trump supporters "will find this portrayal of Trump so unacceptable as to defy belief, and they may focus their dismay not on Trump but on Woodward." Elving also argues that Woodward's decision to keep his sources anonymous diminishes readers' confidence in the truth of their stories, given "the enormous weight of what Woodward is alleging.