Bob Woodward

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  • Responsible for breaking the Watergate Scandal, he is considered by his peers “the most celebrated journalist of our time” and perhaps “the best investigative reporter of all time.”
  • A keen observer with the ability to uncover secrets and extract confessions, he is a living story book and one of the most well-positioned reporters in the world of Washington politics.
  • Since the 1970s he has continued to define excellence in investigative reporting, receiving nearly every journalism award in existence.
  • Over the course of four decades he has maintained his position at the top of the media ladder, publishing twelve #1 non-fiction best-selling books, more than any other American contemporary author.
  • The most celebrated journalist of our time, Bob Woodward rewrote the rules of investigative reporting and forever changed the dynamic between the American people and their national government. His in-depth coverage of the Watergate Scandal traced corruption to the highest levels of the Nixon administration, ultimately leading to the indictments of 40 administration officials and the only Presidential resignation in U.S. history.

    Woodward has since continued his legacy of getting to the truth of the matter and using journalism as a tool to hold government accountable. Having worked for the Washington Post since the 1970’s, he was the lead reporter for the paper’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The articles secured the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

    The famed journalist himself has been the recipient of almost every major award that exists in the field of journalism. His industry peers have called him “the best pure journalist of his generation, perhaps ever” and “the best reporter of all time.”

    Woodward has written and co-written 18 non-fictional bestsellers, 12 of which have reached #1, giving him more #1 bestsellers than any other contemporary American author. His books have dug past political agenda and bias to discover the facts underlying such monumental issues as the War in Iraq, President Obama’s policies in the Middle East, and the fiscal cliff face-offs between Congress and the president. His first book, co-authored with his colleague Carl Bernstein, All the President’s Men still stands the test of time 40 years after its publication, listed by Time as “the most influential investigative journalism piece in history.”

    His latest book The Last of the President’s Men revisits the Watergate Scandal, disclosing the untold story of the Nixon aide who revealed the existence of incriminating White House tapes.

    Currently Woodward serves as an associate editor for the Washington Post and continues to write articles that demand serious attention and consideration.

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      Bob Woodward is an American journalist and author who reported on the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post. His coverage greatly contributed to the Post’s 1973 Pulitzer Prize.

      Born in Illinois on March 26, 1943, Bob Woodward is a journalist and acclaimed non-fiction author who has worked for The Washington Post since 1971. Woodward was working as a reporter for the paper when he was tipped to a burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. With fellow journalist Carl Bernstein, Woodward eventually connected the break-in to the highest levels of the Nixon administration. The Washington Postwas awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage—one of two Post Pulitzers won through Woodward’s contributions—and Woodward and Berstein became synonymous with investigative journalism.

      Early Life
      Bob Woodward was born Robert Upshur Woodward in Geneva, Illinois on March 26, 1943, to Jane and Alfred Woodward. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1965, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy and served a five-year tour of duty. Following his discharge from the Navy, Woodward landed a reporting position at the Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland. He left the newspaper the following year for a position at The Washington Post. The transition would soon prove to be a wise career move for the young journalist.

      Watergate Coverage
      Only months into his new position, in 1972, Woodward encountered one of the biggest stories of his career: Tipped to a burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., he and fellow Post reporter Carl Bernstein were called on to investigate. Woodward eventually connected the break-in to the highest levels of President Richard Nixon’s administration. The Woodward-Bernstein team’s coverage of the scandal amassed several Post stories, which were initially denounced but later confirmed by the White House’s press secretary, Ron Ziegler. “I would apologize to the Post, and I would apologize to Mr. Woodward and Mr. Bernstein,” Ziegler stated in May 1973, adding, “They have vigorously pursued this story and they deserve the credit and are receiving the credit.”

      Woodward and Bernstein soon became synonymous with investigative journalism, receiving wide acclaim for their journalistic work. In addition to breaking the story, their in-depth reporting and powerful writing sparked one of the greatest political upsets in American history: Nationwide news coverage; investigations by the House Judiciary Committee, Senate Watergate Committee and Watergate Special prosecutor; and, ultimately, President Nixon’s resignation and the criminal conviction of many others.

      In 1973, The Washington Post received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its Watergate coverage. The following year, Woodward and Bernstein published a non-fiction book about Watergate, All the President’s Men(1974). They followed with a Nixon-focused piece in 1976, The Final Days.

      Later Works
      More than four decades since the Watergate scandal erupted, Woodward has never rested his laurels on his early 1970s fame. In 2001, he met with wide acclaim for his in-depth coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, which was printed in The Washington Post and led to another big win for the paper: the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

      In addition to continuing his career at The Washington Post (now as an associate editor), Woodward has published 17 best-selling non-fiction books. He co-authored 1979’s The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court, about Chief Justice Warren E. Burger; a book about the tragic life of comedian John Belushi, Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi; The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987, about former CIA Director William J. Casey; and Obama’s Wars, an analysis of America’s fight against terrorism under President Barack Obama, among various other works.

      More recently, in September 2012, Woodward released The Price of Politics, a non-fiction book on the fiscal policy conflict between President Obama and Republicans in Congress.

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    Perhaps the most well-positioned journalist in Washington D.C., Bob Woodward provides the depth and breadth of information needed to gain perspective into today’s current state of affairs, both at home and abroad. With a talent for tracking down and tapping into inside sources, Woodward’s vast knowledge extends beyond the other end of the rabbit hole. The reporting legend’s timely insights on vital issues from war to fiscal policy yield valuable lessons for leaders across numerous sectors as well as those who are responsible for choosing them and holding them accountable.

    The Age of the American Presidency. What Will 2016 Bring?
    No journalist or author has uncovered more secrets or probed deeper into the modern American presidency and Washington than Bob Woodward. The 2016 presidential election will be a critical pivot point in the well-being of the nation, its national security and economy. In his 18 bestselling books, Woodward has written in depth about the last eight presidents and Washington power centers from the Supreme Court to the CIA and Congress. He now explains what went wrong and what worked. He then distills out what lessons voters might expect – and demand – from the next president.

    War and Terrorism – What are the Lessons for America?
    Nothing defines the nation to the world – and to itself – as much as war. Bob Woodward has written seven books on the wars and foreign policy of the two Bushes, Reagan and Obama — beginning with The Commanders in 1991 on the first Gulf War, Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA under Reagan, four books on President George W. Bush’s wars (Bush at War, Plan of Attack, State of Denial, and The War Within) and Obama’s Wars in 2010.

    Has Washington Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate?
    Bob Woodward’s and Carl Bernstein’s work uncovering the Watergate scandal was called “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time” by Gene Roberts, then managing editor of The New York Times. It earned them the Pulitzer Prize. Years after the revelations of Watergate that led to President Nixon’s resignation still cast a long shadow. Its lessons about secret government stand as warning signs to future presidents.

    State of Denial and The War Within
    Based on his bestselling books, Bob Woodward provides audiences with the inside story of the Bush administration's efforts to manage the War in Iraq. Woodward provides anecdotes and stories that shed light on how the current Iraqi policy took shape, and comments on what the future holds for the war in Iraq.

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    – Michael Hicks, Wayne State University

    “Compelling is the first word that comes to mind to describe your remarks during our Stainton Society Brunch. You truly had everyone sitting at the edge of their seats and totally engrossed in your every word. Thank you for your graciousness and your willingness to meet our guests and to pose for so many pictures. I have never seen our members line up, as they did, to meet our guest speaker. You certainly were the person to be seen with on that Sunday. We received so many compliments and congratulations on our choice of speaker, Bob Woodward. You have made my task difficult for next year to present a speaker that will match your caliber.”
    – Barbara A. Deaney, Assistant Director of Development, The Stainton Society

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    Books by Bob Woodward:

    The Last of the President’s Men

    Bob Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Richard Nixon puzzle in his new book The Last of the President’s Men.

    Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system that changed history and led to Nixon’s resignation. In forty-six hours of interviews with Butterfield, supported by thousands of documents, many of them original and not in the presidential archives and libraries, Woodward has uncovered new dimensions of Nixon’s secrets, obsessions and deceptions.

    The Last of the President’s Men could not be more timely and relevant as voters question how much do we know about those who are now seeking the presidency in 2016—what really drives them, how do they really make decisions, who do they surround themselves with, and what are their true political and personal values?

    The Price of Politics

    The Price of Politics chronicles the inside story of how President Obama and the U.S. Congress tried, and failed, to restore the American economy and set it on a course to fiscal stability. It spans the three and a half tumultuous years beginning just before Obama’s inauguration in early 2009 and lasting through the summer of 2012.

    Woodward pierces the secretive world of Washington policymaking once again, with a close-up story crafted from meeting notes, documents, working papers and interviews with key players, including President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

    At the center of The Price of Politics is a high-stakes personal and political struggle between the president and the speaker. The Price of Politics takes the reader through the electric 44 days during the summer of 2011 with day-by-day, often hour-by-hour, accounts as the two attempt a “grand bargain” to cut entitlement spending and increase tax revenue.

    As they struggled through the most intense moments of the crisis, each contended with powerful conflicts in his own party. At the prospect of serious budget cuts, Obama told Woodward, “Our friends on the left would howl and act as if we had dismantled the New Deal.” In the House, Boehner was looking over his shoulder, worrying that his second-in-command, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, was undermining him in concert with extreme conservative House members and others with ties to the anti-tax Tea Party. At the same time, Boehner described the president as “moaning and groaning and whining and demanding. Threatening. He was pretty desperate.”

    The Price of Politics shows why the grand bargain was never reached, and how the president, the speaker and the Congress settled for stopgap measures that delayed any serious deficit reduction until 2013.

    With extensive documentation and firsthand accounts, Woodward reveals how the broken relationship between the White House and Capitol Hill drove the U.S. economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff, where it remains.

    Obama’s Wars
    In Obama’s Wars, Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

    At the core of Obama’s Wars is the unsettled division between the civilian leadership in the White House and the United States military as the president is thwarted in his efforts to craft an exit plan for the Afghanistan War.

    “So what’s my option?” the president asked his war cabinet, seeking alternatives to the Afghanistan commander’s request for 40,000 more troops in late 2009. “You have essentially given me one option…It’s unacceptable.”

    “Well,” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates finally said, “Mr. President, I think we owe you that option.”

    It never came. An untamed Vice President Joe Biden pushes relentlessly to limit the military mission and avoid another Vietnam. The vice president frantically sent half a dozen handwritten memos by secure fax to Obama on the eve of the final troop decision.

    President Obama’s ordering a surge of 30,000 troops and pledging to start withdrawing U.S. forces by July 2011 did not end the skirmishing.

    General David Petraeus, the new Afghanistan commander, thinks time can be added to the clock if he shows progress. “I don’t think you win this war,” Petraeus said privately. “This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”

    Hovering over this debate is the possibility of another terrorist attack in the United States. The White House led a secret exercise showing how unprepared the government is if terrorists set off a nuclear bomb in an American city—which Obama told Woodward is at the top of the list of what he worries about all the time.

    Verbatim quotes from secret debates and White House strategy sessions—and firsthand accounts of the thoughts and concerns of the president, his war council and his generals—reveal a government in conflict, often consumed with nasty infighting and fundamental disputes.

    Woodward has discovered how the Obama White House really works, showing that even more tough decisions lie ahead for the cerebral and engaged president.

    Obama’s Wars offers the reader a stunning, you-are-there account of the president, his White House aides, military leaders, diplomats and intelligence chiefs in this time of turmoil and danger.

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