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Team of Vipers

My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
3 out of 5 stars (386 ratings)
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Note: Per author's request, profanity has been removed from both the book and the audio program. 

The Instant New York Times Best Seller 

"Sims’s vivid portrait of Trump shrewdly balances admiration with misgivings, and his intricate, engrossing accounts of White House vendettas and power plays have a good mix of immersion and perspective. The result is one of the best of the recent flood of Trump tell-alls." (Publishers Weekly

The first honest insider’s account of the Trump administration. If you hate Trump you need the truth; if you love Trump you need the truth.

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 500 days, Sims also witnessed firsthand 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 written - because 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. 

Team of Vipers tells the full story, as only a true insider could.

©2019 Cliff Sims (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Censored words

The bleeping of words in this book is much more annoying than any expletives that might have been used.

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Underwhelming and OMG - the performance?

It’s ok, but lacking in the highly anticipated controversy. But why am I reviewing today?? To put it in Trump tweet terms - - .... IT’S CENSORED! That’s right folks...all the juicy stuff we were looking forward to hearing in performance is literately audibly BEEPED out. What’s going on Audible? I’m definitely returning this one, just on principle. Really takes away from the limited enjoyment.

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Wtf is the point of the beeping?

Why would you beep out the swearing in a audiobook? This is the dumbest idea I've heard of for a long time!

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What’s with the beeping - really?

What going on with audible? What is the beeping about? I paid money for this book and it’s censored? Is beeping curse words and censoring words the future of audible? Is the hard cover book curse words beeped out? Ridiculous! Can I return?

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Terrible

Filled with uninteresting, minute details that add nothing to the story except its length. And when not providing irrelevant details, it tries to soar to great sweeping patriotic heights using flowery and symbolic language that falls flat and feels empty.

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Ultimate snooze fest - great for insomniacs

After 5 chapters, I just gave up. SOOOO BORING! I have no idea how this reached publication. There is nothing of interest and Sims is clearly still enamored with Donald. Also a good friend of Sessions, which is all you need to know about the author. Don't waste your time. Buy something else.

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Avoid

It is a view into the mind of a young Trump loving little cunt. Self rightous, naive and oportunistic all at the same time. I can’t believe they gave this guy a book deal.

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not recommended save your money

I made it through nine chapters before finally having to call it quits and asked Audible for my money back.

The weird beeping out of words they deemed defensive was distracting and then irritating. If you can't even use the language accurately why are you writing?

Bob Woodward's book Fear and Rick Wilson's book Everything Trump Touches Dies are better at objectively describing this Administration.

The author seems to have his tongue firmly planted on Trump scrotum licking the entire time. It was an image I could not get out of my head while listening to the book.

Wait till the library has it and check it out for free if you feel the need to punish yourself for some reason.

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Boring, never gets to the point.

I've listen to several audible books on the Trump Administration most are good or very good (the Woodward book "Fear" is great). The performance here is flat and annoying. The info. is a slow drag, it seems like it never gets to the point, not well organized. I will ask for a refund.

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Don’t waste your time

This boring and drawn out account is more of an endurance test than anything. The author spends far too much time on pointless minutiae. And while Sims clearly resents some of the White House staffers, his reverence for trump is apparent and difficult to swallow.

The narrator does a passable job, with the exception of his trump voice. Listening to this performance, you’d think the president is calm, unflappable, and even gentle at all times. It would be a funny interpretation if it weren't so distracting and such a large part of the story.

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  • Adam
  • 02-05-19

Bleeping out swear words? Really?

The narrator was less than electrifying, the swear words were bleeped out and it generally came across as pretty self-serving.

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  • Paul Muers
  • 02-05-19

Trump Hugger Fuction

Thought I’d listen to this in the interest of balance. I’m about half way through this Trump loving tosh!

Not so much nest of vipers, more pile of poop!

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  • Daragh
  • 02-10-19

Self serving and nothing new revealed

I’m not sure what I expected but had I given it thought, it probably would have been what I got.

With Cliff Sims giving his account of the White House calamity, he, at best, supports some of the other accounts that have already been described in other books, interviews and newspaper articles about the Trump administration.

If you’re anti-Trump, you’ll be disappointed in the lack of scathe Sims inflicts upon him. If you’re pro-Trump, the few occasions Sims did paint Trump in a less-than-positive light will still, no doubt irk you. If you’re a true conservative and concerned about the current state of the Republican party, you are probably the right audience for this.

I’m neither of these positions so I am usually able to approach books like this with a fair amount of objectivity. Sims sides with Trump on many of his policy positions (immigration being the main one) and saves most of his criticism for his fellow White House staff members - John Kelly, in particular.

But the book brings us nothing new, as far as I’m concerned. Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ was very enjoyable and informative. Even Michael Wolffs ‘Fire and Fury’, for all of its tabloid-esque sensationalism and questionable claims, was a more enjoyable book.

Maybe Team of Vipers is just a victim of timing. Had this been released 12 months ago, I’m sure I’d have a more favourable opinion of it.. but that’s not the case and I found myself a little bored at times.

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  • PETER
  • 02-05-19

Trump believer spins a biased story of trump chaos

An interesting and believable account of the chaos in Trump’s White House from somebody who was very close to the action. However the author believes that his God and Trump are right about everything and have the answer to everything.
The history is interesting but the spin is too biased.

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  • James Welling
  • 02-11-19

i think it was well balanced

I think it was a well balanced biok.

However, the guy reading it out made Trump sound like Micheal Jackson from South Park.

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  • steve craddock
  • 02-01-19

Donald Trump discovered!

I found the writing absolutely absorbing. The point of view of a friend of Donald Trump who gets sucked into the mailstrom of the Trump Whitehouse is utterly beguiling. I liked how he is critical of his own actions which often fall short of his Christian principles. And the whole story is so ably told in accessible language, as if he were having a conversation with his reader, not giving a political diatribe. I feel I know more about Donald Trump from reading this and although I still would not vote for him in a fit if I were an American , he is a much more complex character than I have hitherto realized.

A really, really good read !

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