The hero – or in fact heroine – of the latest behind-the-scenes take on Donald Trump’s inner circle might not be quite who you expected.
While reviews have focused on the public media war at the heart of Howard Kurtz’s Media Madness, his book offers the second analysis of White House dynamics published in recent weeks – following Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury.
Plenty of figures emerge with little credit, not least the president himself. But Kellyanne Conway, the pollster who was parachuted into the final phase of the campaign alongside Steve Bannon, comes across as a voice of reason, a savvy operator with the nerve to stand up to the candidate himself.
At one stage, with Hillary Clinton way ahead in the polls and Mr Trump intent on giving headline writers exactly what they wanted, Ms Conway is forced to remind her candidate that running for president is not like opening a golf course. Not...