A Warning

A Warning

by Anonymous


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#1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller: An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation's capital.

On September 5, 2018, the New York Times published a bombshell essay and took the rare step of granting its writer anonymity. Described only as "a senior official in the Trump administration," the author provided eyewitness insight into White House chaos, administration instability, and the people working to keep Donald Trump's reckless impulses in check.

With the 2020 election on the horizon, Anonymous is speaking out once again. In this book, the original author pulls back the curtain even further, offering a first-of-its-kind look at the president and his record -- a must-read before Election Day. It will surprise and challenge both Democrats and Republicans, motivate them to consider how we judge our nation's leaders, and illuminate the consequences of re-electing a commander in chief unfit for the role.

This book is a sobering assessment of the man in the Oval Office and a warning about something even more important -- who we are as a people.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly


The anonymous White House official whose September 2018 New York Times op-ed revealed a "resistance" inside the Trump administration returns with a brisk, page-turning critique of the president. The author portrays a "broken" White House devoid of "process," with senior staff reduced to "glorified government babysitters." He describes Trump as unable to focus on complex subjects and as being in possession of an "astounding" level of "intellectual laziness." The president, according to Anonymous, is a "pretender to courage" with a warped, self-interested sense of justice; an unexplained affinity for dictators and strongmen over America's allies; and a troubling disregard for the truth when it conflicts with "preposterous" deep state conspiracy theories. The book's biggest surprise, however, is its lack of surprises—there is little here that hasn't been previously reported. The author provides disappointingly few details of Trump's most controversial moments; instead, the book hammers home the broad warning that Trump is "unfit" for office. "I cannot say who will turn the ship," the author concludes, "but four more years of Trump could very well sink it." In the midst of an impeachment inquiry, this resonant, alarming message is undermined by the messenger's unwillingness to be specific. Agent: Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn, Javelin Literary Agency. (Nov.)

From the Publisher

"What Americans should actually be concerned about when it comes to Trump and his administration."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 15.0px Helvetica; color: #201f1e; -webkit-text-stroke: #201f1e; background-color: #ffffff}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Rachel Maddow

"A scathing portrait of a president and administration in chaos."—Susan Page, USA Today

"In a year overflowing with books about Donald Trump...[A WARNING] is set to be the most-discussed political book of the year."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 15.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; background-color: #ffffff}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}TIME ("Must Read Books of 2019")

"This slim volume is...the sounding of a national alarm."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 14.7px Helvetica; color: #201f1e; -webkit-text-stroke: #201f1e; background-color: #ffffff}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Ron Elving, NPR

"Offers eye-popping insider details"—CNN

"Explosive."—Alexandra Alter, The New York Times

"Alarming...What is most revealing about A WARNING is the warning it delivers about the Republican Party."—Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker

"There is no modern historical parallel."—Phil Rucker, The Washington Post

"Paints a chaotic picture of the administration."—Newsweek

"Anonymous has tales to tell...The writer does deliver...[A WARNING] stands to add fuel to the fire."—The Guardian

"Anonymous writes authoritatively...[A WARNING] will sound familiar to a number of current and former White House officials."—Maggie Haberman, The New York Times

"A WARNING is full of revelations."—GQ Magazine

Kirkus Reviews

The nameless resister inside the White House speaks.

"The character of one man has widened the chasms of American political division," writes Anonymous. Indeed. The Trump years will not be remembered well—not by voters, not by history since the man in charge "couldn't focus on governing, and he was prone to abuses of power, from ill-conceived schemes to punish his political rivals to a propensity for undermining vital American institutions." Given all that, writes the author, and given Trump's bizarre behavior and well-known grudges—e.g., he ordered that federal flags be raised to full staff only a day after John McCain died, an act that insiders warned him would be construed as petty—it was only patriotic to try to save the country from the man even as the resistance movement within the West Wing simultaneously tried to save Trump's presidency. However, that they tried did not mean they succeeded: The warning of the title consists in large part of an extended observation that Trump has removed the very people most capable of guiding him to correct action, and the "reasonable professionals" are becoming ever fewer in the absence of John Kelly and others. So unwilling are those professionals to taint their reputations by serving Trump, in fact, that many critical government posts are filled by "acting" secretaries, directors, and so forth. And those insiders abetting Trump are shrinking in number even as Trump stumbles from point to point, declaring victory over the Islamic State group ("People are going to fucking die because of this," said one top aide) and denouncing the legitimacy of the process that is now grinding toward impeachment. However, writes the author, removal from office is not the answer, not least because Trump may not leave without trying to stir up a civil war. Voting him out is the only solution, writes Anonymous; meanwhile, we're stuck with a president whose acts, by the resisters' reckoning, are equal parts stupid, illegal, or impossible to enact.

Readers would do well to heed the dark warning that this book conveys.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538718469
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 123,336
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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