Michael Wolff's upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is garnering a conflagration of attention from news and social media.
Scheduled to be released next Tuesday but with excerpts already available, the book is meant to be a tell-all about the inner workings of the current administration, promising controversial revelations.
"The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous ― and absolutely mesmerizing," noted the book's Amazon description.
"Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself."
Here are 5 important things to know about the book's claims, criticism of the author, and how the Trump Administration is responding.
The Trump Administration Does Not Want It Published
In response to the pending release of Fire and Fury, attorneys with the Trump Administration have attempted to halt the publication of the Michael Wolff book.
Attorney Charles Harder sent a cease and desist letter to publisher Henry Holt on behalf of President Donald Trump demanding that the book not be released.
"The letter also calls for the immediate termination of the publication of any excerpts from the book. Thus far, extended excerpts have been published in New York magazine and The Hollywood Reporter. The letter was addressed directly to Wolff and the president of the publishing company," reported Newsweek.
"Such a letter carries no legal implications for Wolff or the publishing house, although a cease and desist letter is sometimes followed by legal action if it is not heeded."
Steve Bannon Considered the Trump Towers Meeting 'Treasonous'
Former chief strategist Steve Bannon is quoted by Michael Wolff calling a meeting Donald Trump, Jr. had in New York City with a Russian lawyer during the campaign "treasonous."
Bannon was referring to a June 2016 meeting Trump Jr. had along with Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower.
"The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn't have any lawyers," said Bannon, according to Wolff.
"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s---, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately."
Michael Wolff Says He Has Tapes of Interviews
In response to those who have been critical of his claims, author Michael Wolff has stated that he has tapes of the interviews that provided the provocative quotes in his book.
"Wolff has tapes to back up quotes in his incendiary book — dozens of hours of them. Among the sources he taped, I'm told, are Steve Bannon and former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh," reported Axios.
"In some cases, the officials thought they were talking off the record. But what are they going to do now?"
Bannon Maintains Support of Trump
Despite the often incendiary comments Steven Bannon is quoted as saying in Michael Wolff's book, the Breitbart News head has maintained his support for the president.
On a Wednesday evening edition of the Sirius XM broadcasted program "Breitbart News Tonight," Bannon called Donald Trump a "great man" and that he supported him "day in and day out."
"It was the most direct reference in the program, otherwise devoted to immigration, to the explosive day that had just passed as a result of the release of some searing book excerpts that quoted Bannon," reported The Washington Post blog "Morning Mix."
"Bannon issued no denials pertaining to the quotes during the radio broadcast. Nor did he say anything about the cease-and-desist letter."
Critics Question The Validity of the Source
While Michael Wolff's work is being widely circulated in advance of its official release, some have questioned the validity of the author's claims.
A column for Slate referred to Wolff as "a notoriously unreliable narrator," then went on to quote a 2004 interview of a former colleague regarding Wolff's reliability.
"[Wolff's] great gift is the appearance of intimate access. He is adroit at making the reader think that he has spent hours and days with his subject, when in fact he may have spent no time at all," stated the unnamed coworker quoted by Slate.
In one excerpt, Wolff claims Trump didn't know who former Speaker of the House John Boehner was, but Trump had played golf with Boehner and tweeted about him many times.
Paul Farhi of The Washington Post has also called Wolff's work into question, noting that "Wolff has even acknowledged that he can be unreliable."
"As he recounted in 'Burn Rate' — his best-selling book about his time as an early Internet entrepreneur — Wolff kept his bankers at bay by fabricating a story about his father-in-law having open-heart surgery," wrote Farhi.
"'Burn Rate' came under siege from critics who challenged its credibility, including the long verbatim conversations that Wolff recounted despite taking scant notes. Brill's Content, a now-defunct media-review publication, cited a dozen people who disputed quotes attributed to them in the book."