Fear review: Bob Woodward’s dragnet descends on Donald Trump

The Watergate reporter has written another sober, must-read dissection of corruption and rot at the White House

Donald Trump has demanded that the New York Times reveal the identity of an anonymous op-ed writer so he might be charged with treason. To cloak himself from criticism, Trump also seeks to weaken America’s libel laws.

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Tailspin review: a treatise on US social decline that doesn’t blame Trump

Steven Brill’s analysis of inequality and social stasis is part humblebrag, part jeremiad aimed at the author’s fellow elites

Dink Stover lives. But the stereotypical Wasp of Owen Johnson’s 1912 Yale novel is keeping different company. The grandchildren of Ellis Islanders have become alumni, their children legacy admissions. The faces and surnames of the “haves” have changed. Unfortunately, the great American meritocracy has come to resemble a hereditary caste system.

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From Cold War to Hot Peace review: Obama ambassador charts path to Trump and Russia

Michael McFaul’s latest book doubles as a personal memoir and an overview of US-Russian relations over the past four decades

The last presidential election was 17 months ago but we are still picking out the shards. Last May, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump”. Like a hunter, Mueller has since bagged a passel of guilty pleas and indictments.

Caught in his net are 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities. They stand accused of “violating US criminal laws in order to interfere with US elections and political processes”. John le Carré never spun a tale as wild as this. Once again, Russia sits atop America’s political front burner.

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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House review – tell-all burns all

Amidst the daily din of Donald Trump’s White House comes Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s tell-all, just in time for the first anniversary of the Trump inaugural. Like the “burn book” in the movie Mean Girls, Fire and Fury contains a toxic tale that singes all.

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