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Bob Woodward Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author

About the Author

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-seven years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the Post’s 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 eighteen books, all of which have been national nonfiction bestsellers. Twelve of those have been #1 national bestsellers.

Woodward gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1973. Since then, Watergate’s theme of secret government has driven Woodward’s tough but fair and non-partisan reporting. He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of Washington; revealing in meticulous detail what is really going on in the halls power. Have the lessons of Watergate been forgotten? Is the media doing its job?

Woodward offers a historical perspective as only he can. Woodward has written about the last nine U.S. presidents and chronicled how the power of the presidency has evolved. He is the author of 19 bestselling books – 13 were #1 – more than any contemporary nonfiction writer. His latest bestseller, Fear: Trump in the White House, is the deepest dive ever made into the first months of any American president. Currently associate editor for The Washington Post where he has worked since 1971, Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award, including two Pulitzer Prizes.

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 held by Simon & Schuster – and nearly 2 million copies in hardcover, ebook and audio in the first four months.

As a speaker, Woodward pulls the curtain back on Washington and its leaders to captivate audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. He blends stories that are both up to the minute and from the past in order 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.

Woodward has co-authored or authored 13 #1 national best-selling non-fiction books, including All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, co-authored with Bernstein. He is also he author of 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), and Fear: Trump in the White House (2018). Woodward’s other national bestselling books include 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 and 60 Minutes has done pieces on seven of his books. Three of his books have been made into feature films.

Woodward was born March 26, 1943 in Illinois. He graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at The Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland, where he was a reporter for one year before joining The Washington Post.

 

Suggested Topics

  • 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 other 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?

In Woodward’s speeches, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning associate editor of the Post offers answers to these questions that audiences won’t learn from any other source. Since 1971, he has reported on nine presidencies and immersed himself in their decision-making, scandals, wars, and economic policy like no other reporter. He leveraged a rich network of sources – applying his signature aggressive but fair reporting method for his book on President Trump, his administration, and its many controversies. As with his 19 bestselling books – 13 of which have been #1 (including his most recent book, Fear: Trump in the White House) – Woodward’s talks go behind behind-the-scenes to reveal what’s really going on and what it means.

Raves and Reviews

As for Mr. Woodward’s performance, it was simply stellar. He held the sold-out crowd of 1,200 in his hand, hit all his press marks with grace, and handled the post-show meet and greet like a master.”

—  Marketing Director, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

The group loved him. I knew he was an icon but I didn’t realize how enchanted everyone would become with him. It was like Mick Jagger was at our event — or a President.”

—  Stable Value Investment Association

Standing ovations are a rarity at our meetings. You were terrific. Keep up the great work!”

— Human Resource Policy Association

He was extremely well-received and had the audience hanging on his every word. We really appreciated his insights.”

— Vice President, Public Affairs, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

A harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency . . . Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump’s national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders.”

— Phillip Rucker and Robert Costa, The Washington Post

An unprecedented inside-the-room look through the eyes of the President’s inner circle. . . . stunning.”

— CNN

A devastating reported account of the Trump Presidency that will be consulted as a first draft of the grim history it portrays . . . What Woodward has written is not just the story of a deeply flawed President but also, finally, an account of what those surrounding him have chosen to do about it.”

— Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker

Fear is Woodward at his best, the quintessential investigative reporter with an eye for detail and an uncanny ability to get key players to ensure that their perspective is etched into history. Its timing could not be more critical for a nation exhausted by tweets and spin, and trying to assess the danger to democracy posed by a presidency that shatters its norms and demeans its institutions.”

— John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle

Woodward’s latest book shows the administration is broken, and yet what comes next could be even worse.”

— David A. Graham, The Atlantic

Woodward… depicts the Trump White House as a byzantine, treacherous, often out-of-control operation… Mr. Woodward’s book has unsettled the administration and the president in part because it is clear that the author has spoken with so many current and former officials.”

— Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times

In the Media

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Books by Bob Woodward

State of Denial
The Secret Man
The War Within
Obama's Wars
The Price of Politics
Fear
The Last of the President's Men

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