Team of Vipers

Team of Vipers

My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House

Book - 2019
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Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781250223890
Branch Call Number: 973.93309 SIM 2019-01
Characteristics: xx, 360 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm

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ShaunC1978
May 23, 2019

I have mixed feelings about this book. Chris Simms does a good job of detailing his experiences working in the Trump administration, he details some of the mistakes he made and the backstabbing the goes on. He gives an alternative view of Trump but also comes across as biased against the media in some parts. Overall an interesting perspective from someone who worked within the administration.

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blue_dog_31717
May 22, 2019

A very enlightening read on how operations work in the White House, along with detailed descriptions of many power players. Though Mr. Simms's role in the White House was limited, it was very scary sight to see Trump loyalists like him forced out by people(like John Kelly) who worked in the White House for no other reason then to sabotage it(and what's even scarier was that Trump either didn't know, or didn't care, though it is much better now with Stephen Miller.) His stories about leakers pretty much confirmed voters opinions that either the media makes the sources up, or use unreliable sources who lie for their own gain. Overall, I give this book a 9/10, and a "Would Strongly Recommend Reading" review.

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cbriggs
May 21, 2019

Sorry, the weakest, apologizing, appeasing President was Barack Obama. The best outcome was that Hillary Clinton did not become President with First Man Bill Clinton.

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nelson1949
Apr 11, 2019

This book concurs with all the other books that have been written about the chaos and the back stabbing that inhabits Trump's White House. The author maintains that he is a Christian and that he values people with Christian morals. So how did he ever get involved with this sociopath and his gang of thieves? He admits that the lure of power overcame his morality. Why did it take him 500 days to figure this out?! All in all, I enjoyed reading this book as it had many interesting stories about such characters as Steve Bannon, Steven Miller, Jared Kushner, and "The Chief" John Kelly. Recommended reading for people who love or hate Trump.

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Ky68RasK
Apr 03, 2019

It's entertaining, but whenever he has a chance the author turns on the spigot and out comes a flood of vomit-inducing praise for the Great Man. Nevertheless, Sims shows a capacity for self-reflection and -criticism totally absent in the dear leader.

Not quite as awful as some of the other commentaries indicate, but still, I read it as fast as possible (7 days), so I could move on to better things.

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TrevorKlassen
Mar 29, 2019

A sycophantic view of Trump. The author fails to realize his own basic premise: a workplace culture derives directly from its leadership. It chronicles some actions of the idiots and self-aggrandizing actors, but is more an apologetic for the president and for the author to reveal he was in the physical proximity of Trump. That Sims cannot see Trump's colossal ignorance or character failings is testament to his tunnel vision. A ridiculous, peurile read.

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gprusakowski
Feb 28, 2019

This is an ok look at the dysfunction of the Trump Whitehouse and is aptly titled but the author is an unabashed Trump supporter and a blindly obedient servant of the office of president. While revealing tidbits of chaos he stays well clear of criticizing Trump and goes so far as to label anyone who criticizes Trump or his decisions a saboteur. His strict religious faith is emphasized by the refusal to spell out swearwords. The epilogue comes across as a bitter comment on the way he was treated by certain individuals and less of a high level criticism of the nature of the politics infesting the Whitehouse. Probably worth reading in spite of the excess descriptive detail of the condition of the offices and the decor but he could have told the same story in fewer pages. Not a book with revealing or profound insight into this administration more one that adds a little more detail to what we already knew or suspected.

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Memawrayne
Feb 28, 2019

The title is rather extreme. IT should be The House of Misfit Staff. The author admits that many had no government experience and were not prepared for the job. The admiration and awe that many had of Trump blurred their visions. There were even reports of how some tried to redo or undo things what the president was doing. I heard someone say that the Presidency is not an entry-level position and neither is working in the West Wing. People need to bring vast experience and knowledge and judgement. The author tried to put the blame on the leadership ( which he referred to the COS), but actually it is the President. He made some poor choices and did not have experienced people around him who could have helped. Anyone working in the WH needs to be reminded that loyalty is to the Constitution, not any individual. If anyone believes that Trump read several major newspapers daily from cover to cover,, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.

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Anderstone
Feb 26, 2019

Entertaining, well written and unafraid of critical analysis of the Trump campaign and White House, where he had a significant role. But he loses points for disingenuousness when, during extensive -- and often critical -- comments on General Kelly's run as chief of staff, he doesn't even mention Kelly getting caught lying about Florida Rep. Frederica S. Wilson. And loses more points when he paints the Trump tax cuts as a big victory for the middle class, which is debatable at best and untrue at worst (Sims had a significant role in crafting them).

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winston16
Feb 25, 2019

The author readily admits he is a viper himself, whispering in Trump's ear like some modern day Iago, and that gives the book some credibility. As with other books in this growing genre (Tell-All Trump White House Sagas),
it's about as bad in the WH as previously reported and suspected. The chapter on The Mooch is one of the best along with the chapter on the campaign crisis mode during the "grab 'em"" debacle. Spoiler Alert, everyone was in panic mode except the eventual president. Yes, one feels the need to shower after reading and yes, the author has more than one ax to grind after being shown the door, but there is enough here that rings true to make it a compelling and very scary read.

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blue_dog_31717
May 22, 2019

"I want you to know this... I'm with you. You were with me during the election. And now I'm with you."
-Donald Trump, speaking to evangelical leaders.

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