A Warning (book)

A Warning is a 2019 book about the Trump administration, anonymously authored by someone described as "a senior Trump administration official", revealed in late 2020 to be Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor.

A Warning
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AuthorPublished anonymously (later revealed to be Miles Taylor)
Publication date
November 19, 2019

It is a follow-up to an anonymous op-ed published by The New York Times in September 2018. The article, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", described President Donald Trump's decision-making as uninformed and irresponsible, and said that many current members of the administration deliberately undermine his suggestions and orders for the good of the country.[1]

Publication and responseEdit

The book, which expands on the op-ed, was released on November 19, 2019, by Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. The author received no advance payment and will donate some royalties to nonprofits. The author is represented by Javelin, a firm that has represented authors of other major Trump exposés (A Higher Loyalty, Team of Vipers).[2]

A couple of weeks before the official release of the 259-page book, several media outlets obtained pre-release book excerpts. The Washington Post reported discussions of potential mass resignation, a “midnight self-massacre”, to warn the public of the gravity of the chaotic situation inside the White House.[3][4] The Rachel Maddow Show covered concerns over the president's eroding decision-making capabilities, "a toxic combination of amorality and indifference", and discussions of removal of the president using the 25th Amendment.[5][6][7] Other media have been covering the excerpt on the president's mental acuity and volatility, that he "stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information".[8][9][10]

The White House responded to the book excerpts, calling the book a "work of fiction” and the author a "coward". Vice President Mike Pence insisted he never heard any talk about using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.[11] The Justice Department wrote a letter to the author warning that he or she may be violating one or more nondisclosure agreements by writing the book.[4] The publisher defended the author, denied the need for a pre-publication review, challenged the government's apparent attempt to out the author's identity (as with other inner-circle whistleblowers), and said the department was just trying to intimidate them.[12][13][14][15]


The Associated Press theorized that public curiosity over the author's identity may resemble the public riddle that occurred after the release of Primary Colors, a roman à clef on the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign.[2]

In November 2019, the presumed author said they would reveal their identity at some point:[16] “Trump has not heard the last of me. There is more to come… Trump will hear from me, in my own name, before the [November] 2020 election.”[17]

On February 18, 2020, President Donald Trump claimed that he knows the identity of the author but refused to release the author's identity to the public.[18][19]

On October 28, 2020, Miles Taylor announced that he is the author of the book.[20]


Ron Elving of NPR gave the book a positive review, praising its "sustained presence of surprisingly high-minded, intellectual discussion."[21]

Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post panned the book, criticizing its lack of revelations and accusing it of creating more "noise".[22]

In her review for The New York Times Book Review, Jennifer Szalai gave the book a negative review, asking, "How can a book that has been denuded of anything too specific do anything more than pale against a formal whistle-blower complaint?"[23]


  1. ^ Gabbatt, Adam (October 22, 2019). "Anonymous Trump official who wrote New York Times op-ed to release book". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
  2. ^ a b "Anonymous Trump official writing 'unprecedented' inside take". AP News. October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Rucker, Philip (November 7, 2019). "Book by 'Anonymous' describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation". Washington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Veronica Stracqualursi. "Washington Post/New York Times: 'Anonymous' author claims officials considered resigning last year to sound alarm about Trump". CNN. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Anonymous author writes Trump's decision-making is eroding over time". NBC News. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Brigham, Bob (November 8, 2019). "MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reads shocking excerpts from new book by "anonymous" White House official". Salon. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Ali, Yashar (November 6, 2019). "Exclusive: Book Claims Senior Officials Believed Pence Would Support Use Of 25th Amendment". HuffPost. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Croucher, Shane (November 8, 2019). "Anonymous book author questions Trump's mental faculties: "He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated"". Newsweek. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Panetta, Grace (November 8, 2019). "Trump staffers worry about the president's mental capacities, according to the anonymous administration official's upcoming book". Business Insider. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Anonymous book describes volatile, incompetent Trump". courant.com. Archived from the original on November 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Kaplan, Anna (November 8, 2019). "First Excerpts From Anonymous Book Describe Trump as Cruel". Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Behrmann, Savannah. "Anonymous Trump administration tell-all book 'A Warning' gets its own warning from DOJ". azcentral. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  13. ^ Goldiner, Dave (November 4, 2019). "'Anonymous' author of upcoming Trump tell-all book warned by Justice Dept. about possible nondisclosure agreement violation". nydailynews.com. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Maher, John (November 4, 2019). "Hachette, Warned by DoJ, Moving Ahead With 'A Warning'". publishersweekly.com. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "Anonymous Trump Official Who Penned New Book Receives Letter From DOJ Warning of Potential NDA Violations". KTLA. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  16. ^ Coleman, Justine (November 27, 2019). "'Anonymous' author pledges to reveal identity soon". The Hill. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  17. ^ Raymond, Adam K. (November 27, 2019). "'Anonymous' Author of White House Book Promises to Reveal Identity". Intelligencer. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  18. ^ Neale, Spencer (February 18, 2020). "Trump says he knows identity of 'Anonymous' author". Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  19. ^ 'Anonymous' author identified as White House official and will be promptly removed, Joe diGenova says
  20. ^ Taylor, Miles (October 28, 2020). "A Statement". Medium. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  21. ^ Elving, Ron (November 14, 2019). "In 'A Warning,' An Invisible Hand Rings A Somber Alarm". NPR. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  22. ^ Lozada, Carlos (November 13, 2019). "Profiles in Thinking About Courage: inside 'A Warning' by Anonymous". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  23. ^ Szalai, Jennifer (November 7, 2019). "Book Review: In 'A Warning,' Anonymous Author Makes Case Against Re-election". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved November 19, 2019.

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