Tim Weiner is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and the author of, among other books, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, ­Enemies: A History of the FBI, and One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon. (November 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

No Heroes Here

Fear: Trump in the White House

by Bob Woodward
The New York Times columnist Russell Baker once described the lot of the Washington reporter as the weary life of an ink-stained wretch condemned to “wear out his hams sitting in marble corridors waiting for important people to lie to him.” Bob Woodward doesn’t have to wait in marble corridors.

The ‘Witch Hunters’

Robert Mueller, James Clapper, John Brennan, Michael Flynn, and Philip Goldberg at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Washington, D.C., March 2013

The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies

by Michael V. Hayden

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

by James Comey
The Deep State, to Trump, is a secret brotherhood of military and intelligence officers secretly manipulating the body politic, and is still run by the leaders of the American intelligence organizations under President Obama, along with unnamed sinister forces still resilient within the Justice Department. These are the same people who revealed a brazen covert operation by Vladimir Putin and his spy services to help elect Trump in 2016. To the president, they are not defending the republic but running a slow-rolling coup d’état. Trump may be paranoid, but he has real enemies among the emeriti of the intelligence establishment, and among them are the authors of three new books that collectively have sold up to a million copies: James Clapper, Michael Hayden, and James Comey.