Woodward Book Officially On Sale As Aides Scramble To Deny Its Tales

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The only similar book that has sold as well as "Fear" this year is Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury", which painted a similarly disturbing portrait of the president.

On NPR's "Morning Edition", he said people are "underestimating how serious all of this is".

Woodward depicts widespread White House dysfunction in "Fear", raising explosive allegations of a paranoid president whose own staff believes is unhinged and erratic. Acting as special counsel Robert Mueller, Dowd asked Trump questions.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, in turn, is quoted as saying the president has the mental capacity of a "fifth or sixth grader", while Chief of Staff John Kelly is quoted as calling Mr Trump "an idiot".

"It would be easier to get things done if you're able to fully trust everyone around you", he added. "And you can't testify because you can't tell the truth, you just make things up". His book portrays Donald Trump as an angry man becoming increasingly paranoid about Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "It's either that or an orange jumpsuit". But what really seemed to help sales are the early leaks from the book and the resulting condemnations from President Trump.

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While the Federal Reserve controls the money supply, U.S. Presidents have traditionally stayed out of the decision making of the Fed.

'Listen, I think you're subverting the will of the people.

"Fear" is chock full of eye-popping scenes from the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, who has also written books about previous administrations.

"I think historically speaking, that would be what happens", he said.

The book reached stores on Tuesday and has been No. 1 on Amazon since details first began emerging a week ago.

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Simon & Schuster, the publishing company behind Bob Woodard's upcoming book, is reportedly printing one million copies of the White House tell-all to keep up with the "extraordinary demand".

"The Woodward book is a scam", Trump said. "Just come talk to me". I mean, to try to control the presidency while not the president. "These quotes were made up".

Of course, deep background - in which Woodward doesn't name his interviewees but uses their information - has its pitfalls, as the author is again discovering. I like him very much.

At the start of September, Trump took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the book. There had been rumors for some time that certain people wanted the USA president to follow in Richard Nixon's footsteps and step down, and Vice President Mike Pence to take over.

"What is the contest in America other than the political contest?" Trump himself has shown little willingness to let Woodward's claims go by the wayside, tweeting the famed Watergate journalist "is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the midterms". "I've done the work". "This is the best reporting I can do", Woodward concluded.

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