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Team of Vipers

My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
Written by: Cliff Sims
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (33 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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Save your money and time! This book is crap! I wish I could get my money back. Sims is a trump asskisser. 🤬💩

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Hypocrisy on full display.

Sims makes sure that we know his christianity is a very important part of his life, and his support for Trump was based in large part due to the presidents promise to support evangelical interests. Sim joins the Trump administration and almost immediately takes on the moral and ethical qualities of a snake. He weasels his way into meetings and eavesdrops on private conversations. His hypocritical brand of christianity, while by no means uncommon, is in fact why I, and many others are so proudly atheist. Save your money for a book by an author with higher moral standing.

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Written by a trumper proud of the chaos

This book is nothing more than the justification of a spineless trumper who reveled in the chaos caused by the trump white house. It was a marketing play for trump to say he didn’t know who the author, Cliff sims was, then for cliff to respond by posting pics of his involvement in the white house. Twas just to get our attention. This book is nothing more than a trumper trying to make it appear that there is nothing immoral about this administration. He attempts to justify all of the obvious immorality from within. He says everyone benefited from the trump tax cuts and no mention of caged children. He attempts to discredit the media. This book was written by a trump suck ass with the goal of continuing to suck ass. A fluffer if u will. Save yourself the money and just watch Fox News if you enjoy the spin to try to justify immorality. Don’t waste your audible credit, time or money on this.

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A dubious and self-congratulatory account

Cliff isn't telling the whole story. This account is selective and self-flattering. Rex Tillerson is mentioned only once in the entire book, while Cliff's perceived enemies are the book's focus. While it is refreshing that at times the author admits some of his shortcomings, it is not lost on the reader that while he admits to fighting dirty he gives no examples so as to not tarnish his reputation or admit to leaking documents to hurt his perceived rivals.

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Waste of time

I found the book boring and it was not worth the time nor the credit I paid for it.

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Author has no credibility

It's meant to be a 'fresh' or refreshingly honest portrayal of events as it is, after all, titled Team of Vipers, and is written by one of the vipers. So we are hearing it from the horses mouth. But this particular viper is a big believer in Donald Trump. I'm very biased in that I find Trump supporters to be inherently repugnant. So my review is disingenuous and I really shouldn't be writing it either. But I'm not trying to sell anything. So I'm not ripping you off.

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Only For The Staunchest Of Trump Supporters

If you're interested in listening to an audio book where it's almost impossible to tell whether the author wants to sleep with either Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump or perhaps even both - then this book is for you. Also, it has such wonderful and amazing passages about how the author loved to wear matching socks and ties (He goes into excellent detail about how this was a brilliant convo starter!), how he said and did things that he acknowledges as being wrong, but that it was ok because he was morally superior to everyone around him.

Now, I have to admit that I found it physically impossible to finish the book due to the simple fact that the author is quite terrible and boring (He honestly thinks that a 4-minute description of the Presidential Rose garden is somehow something everyone must know!!). But, what I did learn by listening to the first 5 hours and 17 minutes of the book is that absolutely nothing that Donald Trump did as a president that people felt was racist, sexist or simply immoral was, according to the author, Donald's fault. On the flip side, 100% of all of Donald's successes were due to either The Donald being, "Brilliant", "courageous" or simply taking the advice of the author.

I did my best to listen to this book, but between the *bleeped* out curse words, the I'm-better-than-Jesus attitude and the border-line Donald-Trump-was-sent-by-God attitude of the author, the book just became irritating and farcical. So disappointing because this is either the 4th or 5th book I've listened to in regards to 45s Presidency and despite the bias of previous authors, I found most to have something to take away from the stories. This one is just one 14+ hour infomercial about how brilliant, moral and god-like the author and Donald Trump are.

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Interesting view from a close insider, a good read

If you're looking to understand how Trump's mind works, this author gives his first hand experience in as good as Audible books can provide, and as as good as any author can explain. As the author says, "whether you like Trump or not" that is what he experienced, and it's a book for historians, not partisans.

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Swear Words are OK!

In this book - the Swear Words are "Beeped" out - Its a book - swear words would help the flow.

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A look on the other side

Overall, a pretty good book, but I had a hard time staying engaged, partly because it was long, but also because the author reflects different political ideologies than my own. Reading about the day-to-day goings on of the Trump White House was at first interesting, but I just got bored. But I intentionally stuck with it, as I believe that if we only ever expose ourselves to those that think like we do, we don't do ourselves any favours. Plus, this book reiterated to me that most people are passionate about doing good work, and that's what I saw in this book.

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  • Mark Lipscombe
  • 2019-01-29

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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  • Nim73
  • 2019-01-29

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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  • Jon Are
  • 2019-01-29

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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  • Amy Martineck
  • 2019-01-30

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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  • Bethany
  • 2019-02-01

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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  • Coral
  • 2019-01-31

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?

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • JSuss
  • 2019-01-30

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-30

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-01

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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  • Greg T.
  • 2019-01-30

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.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful