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Brought to you by Penguin.

Welcome to the White House.

At the heart of Washington, there is a circus. It's raucous, noisy and full of clowns. Reporting on it is a daily cacophony. Four major stories can blow up and blow out before breakfast, and political weather systems are moving at warp speed. The one thing absent from the weather forecast is the tranquil eye of the storm. That we never see. 

In A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump's White House, BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel takes you inside Trump’s West Wing and explores the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions. Each chapter starts inside a famous Washington room, uncovering its history and its new resonance in the Trump era. 

You are invited to step inside the Oval Office, where Trump called for loyalty from FBI Director James Comey, and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room, where the tense relationship between the media and the President is played out. Guiding you through these rooms, Jon reveals the inner workings of the Trump White House and details the key moments and conversations that have unfolded within its walls.

From Kim Jong-un and Kavanaugh to Merkel and the Mueller Inquiry - this is your insider guide to the Washington Circus. Roll up, roll up....

©2019 Jon Sopel (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Great Journalism

What a great piece of accurate and easy to understand piece of journalism. Yet set in a most complicated and frustrating environment.

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Mildly interesting, but not much new

If you're the kind of person that is interested in these books, chances are you'll have already read or listened to the multiple excellent books already published.

Jon's book, while perfectly listenable, really didn't give me any new insights and I felt that a lot of the historical elements were there to meet the word count rather than add value to the reader/listener.

The production and delivery was good, but the content wasn't as compelling as I had hoped and the book makes it evident that the BBC's access is significantly less than that of the US media organisations, many of whom have produced similar books.

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Excellent

I bought this as an audio book to listen on a drive from Geneva to London. I enjoyed the recap of things I knew and there was plenty of new information as well. I also liked the historical context in places. Despite loads of information it was not at all dry in fact very entertaining.

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Informative and entertaining

I always suspected John Sopel had a wicked sense of humour and this book proves it . With chapters based on people and places cleverly take us through the craziness of Trump’s mind and the array of people both serious and honourable and a few just a mad as he is . A sobering reminder that populist politicians who spend little time thinking are a dangerous thing while highlighting that we need more trained , serious journalism who can give us facts , a brilliant book.

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Jon Sopel has the Inside track and writes superbly

A fascinating and eminently listen able inside tale of the Trump White House. thoroughly recommended!

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Please read this book..an important eye-opener.

A very clear insight into the world of the 45th Presidency of USA.. At all times, clear reportage of events and those in the White House charged with responding to those events makes for extraordinary reading. Well done Jon Sopel for lifting the lid on what must indeed feel like a Circus, with a very controlling and inconsistent Ring Master. I hope all Americans will search their souls before re-electing the current incumbent.

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Another great book by Jon Sopel

I love listening to this author, it’s always an interesting and amusing account of the Trump administration

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Excellent follow up on the 1st

John Sopel really does deliver on these books, giving (as far as I can tell) a balanced account of the White House shenanigans. Weaving history lessons about previous administrations and characters for context, it's a fascinating listen.

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Excellent

Excellent insight into presidential world. Spoilt by narration,,
Looking forward to next book about management through pandemic

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nothing special

little chaotic and not as coherent as I'd like it to be, well written

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Very Funny

I've read nearly all the other trump books and this one is funniest by far

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