After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy.
He soon found himself pulled into the President’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. Sometimes all in the same conversation.
As a result, Sims gained unprecedented access to the President, sitting in on private meetings with key Congressional officials, world leaders, and top White House advisors. He saw how Trump handled the challenges of the office, and he learned from Trump himself how he saw the world.
For five hundred days, Sims also witnessed first-hand the infighting and leaking, the anger, joy, and recriminations. He had a role in some of the president’s biggest successes, and he shared the blame for some of his administration’s worst disasters. He gained key, often surprising insights into the players of the Trump West Wing, from Jared Kushner and John Kelly to Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.
He even helped Trump craft his enemies list, knowing who was loyal and who was not.
And he took notes. Hundreds of pages of notes. In real-time.
Sims stood with the president in the eye of the storm raging around him, and now he tells the story that no one else has writtenbecause no one else could. The story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the President’s team. The story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.
Some have written about the fury. Others, about the fear. But Team of Vipers tells the full story, as only a true insider can.
|Publisher:||St. Martin''s Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction: Election Night
1. Slow Climb Aboard the Trump Train
2. The Deplorables
3. Fight or Flight
4. Size Matters
5. Early Days in the “Dump”
6. Twenty-one Days on Top of the World
7. The Professionals
9. The Mooch Is Loose
10. Better Angels
11. A Tale of Two Generals
12. Cut Cut Cut
13. Frenemies of the People
14. Black Eyes and Broken Glass
Epilogue: Outside the Bubble
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think Sims just wants back in. He is still a Trump worshipping toady
Great read! Trump loyalist praises T rump and his " accomplishments" while exposing the total chaos of the Trump administration. Interesting perspective!
This reminds me of a teanage girl writing about the guy who just dumped her. She really wants him back or back in his orbit.
Very interesting read on the disfunctioning White House. The author was very honest about the people and himself, but at the end, he didn’t seem to have heard his own messages in the book about the administration.
Good read and informative. Would be interesting to read what other staff members takes are.
I purchased the book with expectations of reading something that would open an understanding of what is going on in the White House since Trump took over. Frankly, if this is the worst "Den of Vipers", the author must have had a very sheltered work life. Sims described a hostile and bullying work environment that is common. Sims must not have known what the majority of us already know, that workplace politics are a part of life. One is lucky if she or he experiences a decent and respectful work environment Sims exposed a loyalty to a Commander in Chief that was undeserved and reeked of obeisance that if true, confirms what I surmised: everything is to make sure Trump doesn't get upset, mad, or feel ignored. Wow, what a presidency. If I could I would return the book. I should have bought it on Audible.com. I could have gotten a refund.
What is your real name.
This was an interesting read. It was written mainly, in my opinion, as a journalist would write.