Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
He has authored or coauthored 18 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers. Twelve of those have been #1 national bestsellers. His most recent book, Fear: Trump in the White House, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2018.
Bob Schieffer of CBS News has said, “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.”
Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, said in 2014 that he wished he’d recruited Woodward for the CIA, saying of Woodward, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.”
In 2018, David Von Drehle wrote, “What [Theodore] White did for presidential campaigns, Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward has done for multiple West Wing administrations — in addition to the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, the CIA and the Federal Reserve.”
Gene Roberts, the former managing editor of The New York Times, has called the Woodward-Bernstein Watergate coverage, “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.” (Hover for source) In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time Magazine has called All the President’s Men, by Bernstein and Woodward, “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”
Woodward lives in Washington D.C. He has two daughters and is married to the journalist Elsa Walsh.
THE STATE OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
Everywhere legendary journalist Bob Woodward goes, he says people ask to know what’s really going on in Washington. Their questions fall into four categories: 1) The presidency: How is President Trump doing and surviving? How does Trump compare with the eight presidents—Nixon to Obama—that Woodward has reported on for The Washington Post and in his bestselling books? 2) The investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller: is it like Watergate or will it fade away like Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal? 3) Conflict: What is the likelihood of a new war? What are the goals with North Korea, in the Middle East, with the Islamic state, and on terrorism? Will there likely be a major escalation in one of the current conflicts? And 4) The economy: Is the American/global economy sound or are we headed for trouble? How is Trump’s America First agenda playing out with our allies and enemies around the globe?
Bob Woodward has not written a conventional biography of Donald Trump. His book, “Fear: Trump in the White House”. is 42 chapters long, with each chapter being another tale of woe about Trump and his time in the White House. As with all Bob Woodward books, it is very plainly written. There’s not much flowery writing in “Fear”, just the facts. Woodward lets the reader put their own interpretation on what he’s written; unfortunately, most readers – like me – will see facts that add up to a disaster of a presidency.
Should fans of Donald Trump buy and read “Fear”? Yes, but they probably won’t because the truth, as accounted by Bob Woodward, is not an easy read. I’m a liberal Democrat – horrified by Donald Trump and his presidency since the time when Trump came down the escalator in Trump Tower in 2015 – and I’m finding it difficult to have my greatest fears verified.
I also find it interesting that Bob Woodward and his publisher chose to release the book on September 11th.