Understanding the Trump White House

Is it possible, in this tense post-Mueller Report-release world, to make sense of US politics? My Bookshop has a strong holding of history, biography and political books that examine the many positives in contemporary American life (Michelle Obama’s memoir, Doing Justice by respected US lawyer and hit podcaster Preet Bharara, and Jane Sherron de Hart’s new biography of Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg immediately come to mind). But we also believe it is important to represent authors whose work might enhance our understanding of the Trump Administration, its key players, their motives and actions.

In the next few weeks we will take delivery of new titles relating to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. (We will also have a copy of the report itself, thanks to Random House publishers.) For now, there are three new books we highly recommend to anyone interested in US politics, Donald Trump, and history in the making.



The Threat: How The FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Andrew G McCabe


Andrew McCabe served as FBI deputy director from 2016-2018. For many years a specialist in organized crime and counter-terrorism, McCabe was fired by Donald Trump in March last year. (The President celebrated with a Tweet that said, ”Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard-working men and women of the FBI – a great day for Democracy”.)

McCabe’s compelling story concentrates on events between President Trump’s election in November 2016 and McCabe’s sacking. Says the New Yorker: "McCabe’s book speaks with bracing directness about what was going on and why it matters...anyone who has followed Trump will recognize the accuracy of the portrayal of him in The Threat.”



Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days In the Trump White House

Cliff Sims


Although lacking the finesse and gravitas of Andrew McCabe’s memoir, we are strangely drawn to the story of Cliff Sims, who joined the Trump campaign in August 2016, and went on to become Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy. As a member of the administration’s inner sanctum, Sims was a key influencer and participant in early policy-making, messaging, and Trump’s successes and failures. He also became deeply involved in internal White House faction politics, although the President recently ridiculed Sims’ Oval Office “insider” claims. Whatever the motivation for writing this tell-all story, Team of Vipers raises important questions about the negative aspects of power. As former White House speechwriter John R Coyne Jr recently wrote in the Washington Post: “So what’s the moral of Mr Sims’ story? Perhaps it’s that when you slither with the vipers, you’ll eventually get bitten.”



The Hill To Die On: The Battle For Congress And The Future of Trump’s America

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer


Politico Playbook senior writers Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer examine the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on Washington’s political structure, and in particular the battleground known as Congress. Says the publisher’s blurb: “Moving from the fights for advantage between Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer; to Mitch McConnell’s merciless, Machiavellian handling of the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; to Paul Ryan’s desperate, failed attempts to keep Mark Meadows from pushing Trump into a government shutdown over immigration, The Hill to Die On bristles with fresh news and tells the story of what really happened in some of the most defining moments our era.” 

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