Bob Woodward is a legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, author, and associate editor of the Washington Post.
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worked to shine a light on the inner–workings of secret government. Woodward’s factual, non–partisan revelations to readers and speech audiences provide a view of Washington they’ll never get elsewhere. Woodward has written about the last ten U.S. presidents and chronicled how the power of the presidency has evolved. He is author of 22 bestselling books – 16 went to #1 – more than any contemporary nonfiction writer. His 21st book, Peril (co–authored with acclaimed reporter Robert Costa), was a deep dive into a critical time in American history – the transition between the Presidencies of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. His latest work, The Trump Tapes, is an audiobook containing the complete recordings of his 20 interviews with Donald Trump over four years. He’s taken this never–before step to give the public a chance to hear for themselves the words of the president and key advisers. In his speeches, Woodward looks at the expanding powers of the presidency and the important lessons that can be learned from the presidents he’s covered. He can also assess the role of the media and how well it is (or isn’t) doing its job. Audiences will be awe–struck by insights from this living journalistic legend. Currently an associate editor for The Washington Post, where he’s worked since 1971, Bob Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award, including two Pulitzers. Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, “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.” Therein lays the genius talent of Bob Woodward.
No one else in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect, and reputation of Woodward. He has a way of getting insiders to open up in ways that reveal an intimate yet sweeping portrayal of Washington and the political infighting, how we fight wars, the price of politics, how presidents lead, the homeland security efforts, and so much more. His work is meticulous and draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of recorded interviews with most of the key players, including the president. This is why Fear: Trump in the White House sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in September 2018 – breaking the 94–year first–week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster – and nearly 2 million copies in hardback, ebook and audio in the first four months.
surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. He blends stories that are both up to the minute and from the past (to provide historical context). Woodward speaks as he writes – crisp and concise – and helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power in an age of 24–hour news, social media, and snarky politics.
every American journalism award, and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Bob Schieffer of CBS News said “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.” Lloyd Green wrote in a review for The Guardian that Fear “depicts a White House awash in dysfunction, where the Lord of the Flies is the closest thing to an owner’s manual.” The Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever.” In 2003, Al Hunt of The Wall Street Journal called Woodward “the most celebrated journalist of our age.” 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 has co–authored or authored 15 #1 national best–selling non–fiction books. They are All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, co–authored with Bernstein; The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979) co–authored with Scott Armstrong; Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984); Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981–87 (1987); The Commanders (1991); The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994); Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999); Bush at War (2002); Plan of Attack (2004); State of Denial: Bush at War Part III (2006); Obama’s Wars (2010); Fear: Trump in the White House (2018); Rage (2020); and Peril (2021) co–authored with Robert Costa. Woodward’s other national bestselling books are: The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat (2005), The Choice (1996), Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom (2000), The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006–2008 (2008), The Price of Politics (2012), and The Last of the President’s Men (2015). Newsweek magazine has excerpted six of Woodward’s books in headline–making cover stories; “60 Minutes” has done pieces on eight of his books, and three of his books have been made into feature films. In November 2017, the online learning portal MasterClass released “Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism.” In it, Woodward reveals the lessons he’s learned during his career, teaching students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it.
Bob Woodward's Programs
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's Books
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.