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There’s been a lot of trash-talk about Donald Trump, but probably none so scathing as adult-film star Stormy Daniels’s memoir, Full Disclosure. Just published, her humiliating takedown of the 45th US President follows other exposing accounts to have hit recent bestseller lists, further reddening the leader’s preturnaturally orange face.
Here, then, is a definitive rundown of those behind-the-curtain books on the Trump White House to date.
When it was published at the start of the year, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Henry Holt and Co., £18.00) was hailed for its exclusive access to the West Wing and inclusion of more than 200 interviews with adminstration staff. A page-turner about the year one of the Donald’s tumultuous presidency, it shed light on the icy relations between the presidential couple, suggesting that the First Lady counted herself among Trump’s many doubters during the campaign, and that she had spent election night depressed and “in tears”. Wolff also spilled the beans on Trump’s evening routine, which includes snuggling into bed with a cheeseburger watching his three TV screens.
In her salacious new book (Pan Macmillan, £18.99), Stormy Daniels takes us on a very detailed romp through her alleged trysts with Trump. The former porn star doesn’t mince her words, describing their supposed 2006 hook-up as the “least impressive sex” she has ever had (ouch). The President’s not very bigly private parts, meanwhile, are described as “smaller than average”, with the appearance of “a mushroom character in Mario Kart” (sounds bad). Daniels also suggests that Trump offered to fast-track her on to The Apprentice, the American reality TV show he fronted at the time.
In August, former White House aide and reality TV star Manigault Newman Omarosa published Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House (Simon & Schuster Ltd, £20.00), a mix of personal memoir and Washington antics. Among its most troubling charges was that a source working on The Apprentice told her Trump “hadn’t just dropped a single N-word bomb – he’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping, during off-camera outtakes”.
Omarosa also reveals how she had to coach Trump during Black History Month, and suggests that Melania’s sartorial choices are definitely meant to pack a punch. Perhaps most bizarrely, she also recalls a time when Trump disposed of a top-secret note from Michael Cohen, his former personal lawyer, but chewing it up and swallowing it. High security in action…
Trump’s first spin doctor Sean Spicer, who lasted just 182 days in the job, has revealed details of Trump’s way of working in The Briefing (Biteback Publishing, £20.00), an attempt at “setting the record straight” on his former boss while also clawing back some face for himself. Much of the book is Spicer just narrating key highs and lows, such as election night or the sacking of Reince Priebus, Trump’s first chief of staff, even though Spicer wasn’t actually present for this. He also ruminates on his long list of gaffes from his time at the White House, including his “Holocaust centers” remark, and being excluded from an audience with the Pope.
When author and veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward published Fear: Trump in the White House (Simon & Schuster Ltd, £20.00) – a fiery takedown of the current administration – in September, it was met with some anxious looks from camp Trump, including from the President, who called it “just another bad book”. Woodward doesn’t hold back, describing how the Russia investigation has been causing sleepless nights for the president’s team, and suggests that Trump’s advisers are incredulous about their leader’s lack of knowledge on major policy issues. Perhaps its most powerful claim, however, is that following a meeting at the Pentagon in 2017, Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson called Trump a “moron”.
Ex-FBI director James Comey, who was dramatically fired by Trump four months after Trump took office, got his revenge in his political memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership (Pan Macmillan, £20.00). The book traces both Comey’s own career highlights and titbits from four years with at the helm of the FBI, plus a few fascinating scoops on Trump. On one page, Comey suggests that the president-elect asked “no questions” about “what the Russians were up to” after hearing of their interference with the election. And how Trump, during a particularly awkward one-on-one with Comey, dismissed the infamous “pee tape” accusations by claiming to be a “germaphobe”.