Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. Sanders describes what it was like on the front lines and inside the White House, discussing her faith, the challenges of being a working mother at the highest level of American politics, her relationship with the press, and her role in the Trump administration.
... is not about settling scores like many books about the Trump White House. It's an unabashed homage to Trump and a feathering of her nest for a probable run for governor in Arkansas ... readers won't get much of a taste of the inner workings of the Trump White House beyond the headlines ... Though having a front row inside, Sanders does not dish much on the well-documented chaos that the administration is best known for. She notes the administration's problems with leaks but largely paints a sanitized picture of a family atmosphere with various struggles but shared goals ... Whether readers enjoy this book is likely to depend on their views of Trump.
... very much a would-be candidate’s autobiography, even as it devotes countless pages to its author’s time in the White House ... Personal normalcy and faith are the dominant themes, the narrative a mixture of whitewashing and score-settling but with the emphasis on the former ... Not surprisingly, when Sanders describes her time in the Trump White House she goes full-bore at Robert Mueller, doing her best to play the victim. As is to be expected, she regurgitates the 'no-collusion' party line and offers full-throated endorsements of Bill Barr, Trump’s second attorney general, and Pat Cipollone, his second White House counsel, for their defense of the president ... Unfortunately, Sanders can go overboard with ethnic reductionism. Or, at least, she could have used some editing ... This is as candid as we are going to get. It is not an audition for another Trump-tied gig. She has her eyes on a different executive mansion – in Little Rock, Arkansas.