Even Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian!

From npr:

The book that created a rift between President Trump and his former campaign chief executive and adviser Steve Bannon hit the shelves Friday morning, ahead of the original Tuesday release date, despite the president’s threat to block its publication.

Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, told NPR’s Kelly McEvers that he “100 percent” stands behind his reporting, which the White House and some of the book’s subjects have sharply criticized.

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Original book cover

The pushback and legal threats from the White House may have made the book even more popular. Wolff’s work went on sale at midnight in at least one Washington, D.C., bookstore and reportedly sold out in less than 20 minutes. It had already reached No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list.

Wolff’s book paints a portrait of a White House in disarray, with an incompetent Trump at the center.

“I think the two fundamental issues were that Donald Trump doesn’t read anything. Let me accent that — anything. Nothing,” Wolff told NPR. “If you’re working for the president of the United States, that’s an odd position because how do you get information to him? That’s already a major hurdle. But then there’s the second hurdle — that not only does he not read; he doesn’t listen. So it becomes from Day 1, the crisis of the presidency: You can’t tell him anything.”


Wolff detailed the unprecedented access he was given, describing how he “sat there, day after day, and talked to whoever was willing to talk to me and was a fly on the wall — or as Nora Ephron used to say, a wallflower at the orgy.”

Some of the people in the book have disputed certain quotes and information cited (Wolff’s past work has also been criticized), but he reiterated that he stands behind it.

“When you write a book like this, people regret what they said to me,” Wolff said. “What they say to any reporter who they relax with and they forget who they’re talking to, I have sympathy for that, and I think the natural response is to say, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t say it.’ But I will tell you, they said it.”


While Wolff’s book is supposed to be about Trump, comments made by now-former top aide Bannon have captured much of the media attention this week.

The book quotes Bannon describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower involving Donald Trump Jr., other Trump campaign aides and Russians as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

Since excerpts of the book first appeared in New York magazine and The Guardian ran a report earlier this week, the president has been on the attack, saying Bannon has “lost his mind.”

On Thursday night, in a tweet, Trump said he authorized “zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book!” and added that he “never spoke to him for book.” Trump went on: “Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve [Bannon]!”


The fallout from the book does seem to have damaged Bannon’s credibility with some former supporters, including Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire backer of Bannon’s website Breitbart News.




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8 responses to “Even Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian!

  1. Lori Holt

    This is brilliant!! You just made my day!!

  2. the loony tic


  3. Strictly speaking, the book is “he said, he said”, but the thing is, the many pieces of the Trump phenomenon all fit consistently. This includes the on-the-record testimony of Trump’s ghost writer (Tony Schwartz) who actually wrote The Art of the Deal. What is happening now, IMO, is changing American politics even more than did Watergate. I just hope we survive (politically and physically.)

    • I think it’s more of a ‘they all said’ book. A few of them, to cover their little snowflake asses might say that they didn’t say what they said, but I would bet that a lot of them are on tape, and they don’t want to make too much of a stink, or Wolff will produce the recordings. The tapes are why Twitler will never really sue Wolff. Just bluster from a bully with no follow-through.

  4. Who will ever know if all or most of it is true? I am inclined to believe that Wolfe most likely wrote about everything that he saw and overheard or was told by some of the folks around Trump. Bannon was probably a big source. If you don’t want your chickens eaten then you should protect the hen house from the fox and Trump did not.

    • It’s just a matter of time until a lot of people now employed at the White House find themselves with no job prospects and will have to write their own books. The truth will out. As for the hen house, the only foxes left to protect it are all at Faux News.