Michael Wolff Bio
Michael Wolff is an American author, essayist, journalist, and also a columnist and contributor to USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, including the UK edition of GQ.
Wolff has received two National Magazine Awards, a Mirror Award, and has also authored seven books, which include Burn Rate (1998) about his own dot-com company, including The Man Who Owns the News (2008), a biography of Rupert Murdoch. He co-founded the news aggregation website Newser and is a former editor of Adweek.
In January last year (2018), Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House was published. It contained unflattering descriptions of behavior by U.S. President Donald Trump, chaotic interactions among the White House senior staff, including derogatory comments about the Trump family by the former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Later, after being released on January 5, the book quickly became a New York Times number one bestseller.
Michael Wolff Age
Wolff was born on 27 August 1953, in Paterson, New Jersey, United States. He is 65 years old as of 2018.
Michael Wolff Height
There are no records on media showing Wolff’s height, weight, and body measurement details as he prefers keeping it personal and out of the limelight.
Michael Wolff Wife
Michael Wolff’s wife is known as Alison Anthoine.
Michael Wolff Net Worth
Wolff’s net worth is still under review. However, he earns a huge amount of income which comes from his professional career.
Michael Wolff Daughter
Michael’s whole personal life is a mystery as no one knows about his children. However, he lives a happy life with his lovely wife.
Michael Wolff Career
Wolff started out as a copy boy for The New York Times. His first article was published in Time magazine in 1974. It was a profile of Angela Atwood, one of the founding member of the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Wolff later became a contributing writer for the news magazine ‘New Times’. The company ceased publication in 1979. Wolff released his first book ‘White Kids’ in 1979. It was a collection of essays.
Wolff joined the management team at ‘Campaigns and Elections’ in 1988. Campaigns and Elections is a trade magazine based in Arlington, Virginia. Their areas of focus include political campaigns and political consulting. During his tenure, Wolff gave advise to the start-up magazine ‘Wired’.
His book-packaging company ‘Michael Wolff & Company, Inc.’ was founded in 1991. Their early projects include the books ‘Where We Stand’ and ‘Net Guide’. The company attracted a handful of venture capital investment in 1995. It ventures collapsed two years later and Wolff was ejected from the company.
Wolff’s first best seller ‘Burn Rate’ was published in 1998 by Simon & Schuster. He wrote a biography of Rupert Murdoch titled ‘The Man Who Owns the News (2008). His other published works include Autumn of the Moguls (2003), Television is the New Television (2015) and Fire and Fury (2018).
In addition to books, Wolff is a columnist, editor and internet entrepreneur. He’s written hundreds of columns for New York magazine. He’s served briefly as editor of ‘Adweek’.
He’s also written for The Industry Standard, Vanity Fair, USA Today, and GQ (UK). Wolff launched the news aggregation website ‘Newser’ in 2007. Their key staff includes Patrick Spain (CEO), Kate Seamons (President), and Evann Gastaldo (Managing Editor).
Michael Wolff Fire and Fury
Earlier in January 2018, Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House was published. Excerpts were released before publication which included unflattering descriptions of behavior by U.S. President Donald Trump, chaotic interactions among the White House senior staff, and also derogatory comments about the Trump family by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
News of the book’s imminent publication including its embarrassing depiction of Trump prompted Trump and his lawyer, Charles Harder, to issue on January 4, 2018 a cease followed by a desist letter alleging false statements, defamation, and malice, and to threaten libel lawsuits against Michael, his publisher Henry Holt and also the Company, and Bannon, an action that actually stimulated pre-launch book sales.
Later on January 8, Henry Holt’s attorney, Elizabeth McNamara, responded to Harder’s allegations having an assurance that no apology or retraction would be forthcoming, also noting that Harder’s complaint didn’t cite specific errors in Wolff’s text.
John Sargent, who was the chief executive of Macmillan-Holt, informed the publisher’s employees that “as citizens, they must demand that President Trump understand and also abide by the First Amendment of our Constitution.”
According to other lawyers and also a historian, threats of a lawsuit by Trump against a book author and publisher were then unprecedented by a sitting president attempting to suppress freedom of speech protected by the U.S. First Amendment.
Before the book’s release on January 5, it reached number one both on Amazon.comand the Apple iBooks Store, together with the e-book and by January 8, over one million books had been sold/ordered.
Michael Wolff List Of Books
- White Kids. Simon & Schuster. 1979. ISBN 978-0-671-40001-9.
- Where We Stand: Can America Make It in the Global Race for Wealth, Health, and Happiness?. Bantam Books. 1992. ISBN 978-0-553-08119-0.
- Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet. Simon & Schuster. 1998. ISBN 978-0-684-85621-6.
- Autumn of the Moguls: My Misadventures With the Titans, Poseurs, and Money Guys Who Mastered and Messed Up Big Media. Collins. 2003. ISBN 978-0-06-662113-5.
- The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch. Broadway Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-385-52612-8.
- Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media In the Digital Age. Portfolio. 2015. ISBN 978-1-59184-813-4.
- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Henry Holt and Company. 2018. ISBN 978-1-250-15806-2.
Michael Wolff Nationality
Michael bears an American Nationality.
Michael Wolff Movies
- The Tic Code (1998)
- The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie (2005)
- Stella’s Last Weekend (2018)
- Who’s The Man (1993)
- Naked Idol (2009)
- Mystery Girl (2008)
- Battle of the Bands Part 2 (2007)
- Operation Mojo (2008)
- Magic Sticks (1987)
- The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania(2005)
- Dark Age (1996)
Michael Wolff Quotes
- “George W. Bush, on the dais, supplied what seemed likely to become the historical footnote to the Trump address: “That’s some weird shit.”
- “The Breitbart formula was to so appall the liberals that the base was doubly satisfied, generating clicks in a ricochet of disgust and delight. You defined yourself by your enemy’s reaction. The conflict was the media bait—hence, now, the political chum. The new politics was not the art of the compromise but the art of conflict.”
- “He sent his new press secretary, Sean Spicer—whose personal mantra would shortly become “You can’t make this shit up”—to argue his case in a media moment that turned Spicer, quite a buttoned-down political professional, into a national joke, which he seemed destined to never recover from. To boot, the president blamed Spicer for not making the million phantom souls seem real.”
- “Early in the campaign, in a Producers-worthy scene, Sam Nunberg was sent to explain the Constitution to the candidate: “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head.”
- “The charge that Trump colluded with the Russians to win the election, which he scoffed at, was, in the estimation of some of his friends, a perfect example of his inability to connect the dots.”
- “Politics had seemed to become, even well before the age of Trump, a mortal affair. It was now zero-sum: When one side profited, another lost. One side’s victory was another’s death. The old notion that politics was a trader’s game, an understanding that somebody else had something you wanted—a vote, goodwill, old-fashioned patronage—and that in the end, the only issue was cost, had gone out of fashion. Now it was a battle between good and evil.”
- “Once, coming back on his plane with a billionaire friend who had brought along a foreign model, Trump, trying to move in on his friend’s date, urged a stop in Atlantic City. He would provide a tour of his casino. His friend assured the model that there was nothing to recommend Atlantic City. It was a place overrun by white trash. “What is this ‘white trash’?” asked the model. “They’re people just like me,” said Trump, “only they’re poor.”
- “on the most basic level, Trump just did not, as Spicer later put it, give a fuck. You could tell him whatever you wanted, but he knew what he knew, and if what you said contradicted what he knew, he simply didn’t believe you.”
Michael Wolff Trump Quotes
- “Trump liked to portray his business as an empire, it was actually a discrete holding company and boutique enterprise, catering more to his peculiarities as proprietor and brand representative than to any bottom line or other performance measures.”
- “A close Trump friend who was also a good Bill Clinton friend found them eerily similar—except that Clinton had a respectable front and Trump did not. One manifestation of this outlaw personality, for both Trump and Clinton, was their brand of womanizing—and indeed, harassing. Even among world-class womanizers and harassers, they seemed exceptionally free of doubt or hesitation.”
- “Trump lived, like Hulk Hogan, as a real-life fictional character.”
- “Time spent with Trump on the campaign plane was often an epic dissing experience: everybody around him was an idiot.”
- “Trump talked nonstop and constantly repeated himself. “Here’s the deal,” a close Trump associate told Priebus. “In an hour meeting with him you’re going to hear fifty-four minutes of stories and they’re going to be the same stories over and over again. So you have to have one point to make and you have to pepper it in whenever you can.”
- “The point was, there didn’t need to be an answer because he wasn’t going to be president. Trump’s longtime friend Roger Ailes liked to say that if you wanted a career in television, first run for president. Now Trump, encouraged by Ailes, was floating rumors about a Trump network.
- It was a great future. He would come out of this campaign, Trump assured Ailes, with a far more powerful brand and untold opportunities. “This is bigger than I ever dreamed of,” he told Ailes in a conversation a week before the election. “I don’t think about losing because it isn’t losing. We’ve totally won.” What’s more, he was already laying down his public response to losing the election: It was stolen!”
- “Trump didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. If it was print, it might as well not exist. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semiliterate. (There was some argument about this because he could read headlines and articles about himself, or at least headlines on articles about himself, and the gossip squibs on the New York Post’s Page Six.) Some thought him dyslexic; certainly, his comprehension was limited. Others concluded that he didn’t read because he just didn’t have to and that in fact, this was one of his key attributes as a populist. He was postliterate—total television.”