DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY: READ THE PROLOGUE BEFORE YOU BUY IT

We cannot well judge a book by its cover. So what do we do before we buy a book? Reviews can be helpful, particularly when they include excerpts from the book. In The author of the explosive new Trump book says he can’t be sure if parts of it are true (businessinsider.com), the reviewer includes an excerpt from the Prologue. Consider this excerpt from the review.

Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” included a note at the start that casts significant doubt on the reliability of the specifics contained in the rest of its pages.

Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.

But some were nonetheless included in the vivid account of the West Wing’s workings, in a process Wolff describes as “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true.

In other cases, the media columnist said, he did use his journalistic judgment and research to arrive at what he describes “a version of events I believe to be true.”

Here is the relevant part of the note, from the 10th page of the book’s prologue:

“Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.

“Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.”

The book itself, reviewed by Business Insider from a copy acquired prior to its Friday publication, is not always clear about what level of confidence the author has in any particular assertion. (from here)

Why is this in the Prologue? CYA, I suppose. My guess is that Wolff and his publisher were a little nervous about getting sued for defamation. What is ridiculous is that with that phrase, “Trumpian fashion”,  Wolff implies that Trump is responsible for the untruthfulness of his book. Did Trump write it?

Anyway, Wolff’s book apparently belongs on the shelf where fiction is sold. When nonsense like this garners so much attention, that is a sad state of affairs.

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    1. When I heard that was in the prologue, I just laughed. Unfortunately, I suspect much of the news media will report that the book itself contains an admission the author is essentially just repeating gossip.

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  1. Not planning on reading it either, not because I don’t think much of it is true, but because much of this is already known from other reports, and I have better things to read. However, if you really think the book doesn’t realistically capture the Game of Thrones disaster that is this White House, then you should focus on whether those quoted, including former top advisor and NSC member Steve Bannon, are denying the quotes. They don’t seem to be and, in fact, some are confirming their quoted statements, I would imagine because Wolff has recordings.

    It is a testament to the depth of the great institution of our Presidency that it survives and even muddles along given such insanity at its helm, well at least for this long. Thank you deep state.😉

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    1. You may wish to check Bannon’s more recent quotes about our president. You may also wish to look up the meaning of the expression “sour grapes”.

      When are you going to figure out that almost all your sources on Trump are pretty much of the same caliber as Michael Wolff? You know virtually nothing about the man. Do I claim to know much more? No, but I can see what he is doing, and I am okay with it. He is doing his job.

      Anyway, I guess your response was predicable. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about it. I just hope that when I get to Heaven it looks funny in retrospect.

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    1. So do a lot of other cons.

      Many people make lots of money doing things they should not do. I guess that makes them respectable to some people, but the treasure we store in heaven is what matters. All we can do is pity those who should know better.

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  2. The book and your post reminded me of this verse.

    “Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned.”

    I googled for a origin and explanation and like this closing remark on blog written by a woman.

    “Yes, we women can be really mean at times but doesn’t men too?”

    Based on her statement, I guess we can apply this remark to book, and perhaps even update the verse to read.

    “Hell hath no fury as a women or man, loser politician, Trump hater, news media, etc, once scorned by Donald Trump.”

    You are right, the book genres should be classified as fiction, in my opinion.

    Frankly, both Bannon and the writer should have followed his ancient King Solomon advice.

    A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.(Proverb 22:1)

    https://theironyofphrases.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/hell-hath-no-fury-like-a-woman-scorned/

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. Spot on.

      Your comment reminded me of this old saw.

      There’s a sucker born every minute.

      When I looked up who first said it, I discovered to my surprise that it was not P. T. Barnum. Here is what appears to be the first incarnation of the quote.

      It was the observation of one of the tribe of Levi, to whom some person had expressed his astonishment at his being able to sell his damaged and worthless commodities, “That there vash von fool born every minute.” And perhaps the calculation might be brought to the proof, that not more than fifty men of genius are born in half a century. (from =>https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/04/11/fool-born/ )

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  3. Remember the View episode where the ladies were super excited over the false piece of information on Trump? Just jumping up and down and giggling with delight. And then it was discredited.
    They argued Trump was wrong to call it “fake news” because it was “just a mistake”.
    I wonder at their definition of fake. If I were to sell them a forgery of some sort (say, a painting) would it cease to be fake if I didn’t know it to be a forgery when I sold it to them? One might say I wasn’t intentionally committing fraud I was just haplessly incompetent and THAT might be accurate, but the forgery is still a fake.

    At any rate, remember Fahrenheit 911?
    Political speech is so protected in this country and the bar so high once one becomes a public figure (particularly a political public figure), it’s essentially impossible to sue over misinformation.
    Trump is still thinking like a businessman but the rules aren’t the same in government.
    No surprise it’s hard to get good people to run for public office.

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    1. BTW, I now have the flu. So…(slight disclaimer just in case)
      I’m not sure how much sense I’m going to make.
      I must be doing something wrong this has to be the month I’ve been most ill in my life. Good grief.

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      1. Just to add, I love Christopher Hitchens (RIP) review of Fahrenheit 911.
        Christopher Hitchens, of all people!
        In the Slate of all places!
        Yes, it was that egregious.
        http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2004/06/unfairenheit_911.html
        “To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of “dissenting” bravery.

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      2. The weather is awful, and that does seem to increase the incidence of illness. So don’t take it personally. Here is a little prayer to our Lord for your speedy recover. God bless you and your. Hope the rest of the New Year makes up for a rocky start.

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    2. True. What is sad is how few people check their sources. Once someone starts lying to us we should stop listening, but too many don’t.

      If a news organization does not bother issuing their retractions with the same intensity with which they published their “mistakes”, what good are they?

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  4. This guy Wolf seems like a loser looking for attention and fame. It’s sad that all the newscasts lead with this little mini war drama between him, Trump and Bannon. So many more important things to be reporting on. Trump should just ignore it but that’s impossible for him.

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    1. Agree about the newscasts. Should Trump ignore it? His instincts — if you want to call it that — may be correct. Because the news media won’t ignore the Wolff nonsense, that nonsense tars Trump’s reputation.

      George W. Bush ignored the news media. That response may have appeared more dignified, but Trump has succeeded in undermining the credibility of the news media. Exactly how I can’t really explain, but it is hard not to see just how biased the news media has become.

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    1. Actual tweet: “….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

      Well, let’s examine the above statement.
      Trump beat out the well-financed and supported Republican candidates as well as the anointed Democrat, whose criminal activities were openly dismissed, to become president. On his first try (as noted). That was quite a feat. Yes, I think it’s accurate to say there’s a level of brilliance there that probably does qualify as a form of genius.

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    2. I will take your word for it. That seems right.

      If you can put up with my flaws, I suppose you can put up with his. He is only the president. I am your brother. Trump is doing a great job as president. As your brother, I am just doing so-so.

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  5. Well, so far we’re not fighting over who has the largest “nuclear button”, so we’ve not causing world apocalypse going for us.🤪

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