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Too Famous: The Rich, the Powerful, the Wishful, the Notorious, the Damned
by Michael Wolff
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If you can judge a book by its enemies, Too Famous could be an instant classic. Bestselling author of Fire and Fury and chronicler of the Trump White House Michael Wolff dissects more of the major monsters, media whores, and vainglorious figures of our time. His scalpel opens their lives, careers, and always equivocal endgames with the same vividness and wit he brought to his disemboweling of the former president. These brilliant and biting profiles form a mesmerizing portrait of the hubris, overreach, and nearly inevitable self-destruction of some of the most famous faces from the Clinton era through the Trump years. When the mighty fall, they do it with drama and with a dust cloud of gossip. This collection pulls from new and unpublished work--recent reporting about Tucker Carlson, Jared Kushner, Harvey Weinstein, Ronan Farrow, and Jeffrey Epstein--and twenty years of coverage of the most notable egomaniacs of the time--among them, Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo, Rudy Giuliani, Arianna Huffington, Roger Ailes, Boris Johnson, and Rupert Murdoch--creating a lasting statement on the corrosive influence of fame. Ultimately, this is an examination of how the quest for fame, notoriety, and power became the driving force of culture and politics, the drug that alters all public personalities. And how their need, their desperation, and their ruthlessness became the toxic grease that keeps the world spinning. You know the people here by name and reputation, but it's guaranteed that after this book you will never see them the same way again or fail to recognize the scorched earth the famous leave behind them.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)973.93092History and Geography North America United States 1901- Bush Administration And Beyond
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Most of these are forgettable, some interesting. Trump of course high on the list and interesting info here on supposedly an informal sit down probably off the record. But of course with Trump nothing can be deemed off the record. And hopefully not a spoiler here; seem Prez Donald is more enthralled and interested on his theatrics and Svengali influence from his pulpit, er..podium in front of his people. He is not that engaged on the real issues at had it seems. Surprise.
The ending of the book concludes with a fairly extensive behind the scenes with another well knowns and since passed celebrity, Jeffrey Epstein. This I found rather fascinating as somehow Wolff gets ahold of a lot of detail on Steve Bannons' interacting with Jeffrey in trying to influence a rebuild of his public persona. He coached him on a video type interview in which he tries to explain his simple role as an advisor to the super wealthy. And dismiss his notoriety as a predator of young women. He certainly has a lot to say and it is rather interesting. The conclusion coming with his his demise behind bars and leaves the mystery element well intact. ( )