Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
Michael Wolff, Little Brown, £20
The beginning of 2018 finds American political analysts in confusing territory. On the one hand, demand for expertise is high; on the other, the fire hose of stories and scandals around President Donald Trump and his close advisers has made it extraordinarily difficult to focus on the long-term shifts in political power taking place.
In this environment, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House seems more like a singular product of its time than a testament likely to be picked up by any but the most dedicated historians of the early 21st century. Like many other parts of our hyper-exaggerated political context, it does have significance − but perhaps less than the breathless coverage it received might suggest.