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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Upshur Woodward  

Pen Name: Bob Woodward


Audience: Adult;

Born: March 26, 1943 in Geneva, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Woodward was born in Geneva, Illinois. He was brought up in nearby Wheaton and graduated from what was known then as Wheaton Community High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for 44 years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the Post's coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 national nonfiction bestsellers, 12 of which have been #1 national bestsellers. Woodward graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the United States Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County (Maryland) Sentinel, where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post. Woodward resides in the Georgetown section of Washington DC and has presented at the National Book Festival on three different occasions. Webcasts from two of his Festival presentations can be accessed below. *[ 2006 Book Festival Webcast]*[ 2012 Book Festival Webcast]


Woodward has twice contributed to collective journalistic efforts that were awarded the Pulitzer Prize . In 1973, The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service . Though the Prize was awarded to the entire Post staff, the citation specifically named his and Bernstein's reporting on Watergate as exemplary work. In addition, Woodward was the lead reporter for the Post's articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Reporting Pulitzer in 2002. He also was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003. 'All the Presidentís Men ' #1 Best Seller Finalist, National Book Awards in Cotemporary Affairs with co-author Carl Bernstein, 1975 'The Final Days ' #1 Best Seller 'The Brethren

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Bob Woodward regularly gives speeches to industry lobbying groups. He commands speaking fees ranging from $15,000 to $60,000 and donates them to his personal foundation, the ''Woodward Walsh Foundation.''

Selected Titles At Your Library

All the President's men /
ISBN: 0671894412. OCLC Number: 892340

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Investigation and report of the burglary at Watergate that climaxed with a President's resignation.

Bush at war /
ISBN: 0743204735. OCLC Number: 51098238

Simon & Schuster,. .

[In this book, the author] tells the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush and his top national security advisers, after the initial shock of the September 11 attacks, led the nation to war. Extensive quotations from the secret deliberations of the National Security Council - and firsthand revelations of the private thoughts, concerns and fears of the president and his war cabinet - make [the book a] chronicle of a modern presidency in time of grave crisis. Based on interviews with more than a hundred sources and four hours of exclusive interviews with the president, [it] reveals Bush's sweeping, almost grandiose, vision for remaking the world. [It] includes a ... portrait of CIA director George Tenet, ready and eager for covert action against terrorists in Afghanistan and worldwide. It [also] follows a CIA paramilitary team leader on a covert mission inside Afghanistan to pay off assets and buy friends with millions in U.S. currency carried in giant suitcases.-Dust jacket.

Maestro :
ISBN: 0743204123. OCLC Number: 45270429

Simon & Schuster,. .

Explains how Alan Greenspan and his committee determine the economic well-being of the American economy by setting short-term interest rates.

Plan of attack /
ISBN: 074325547X. OCLC Number: 54927217

Simon & Schuster,. .

Based on interviews with 75 key participants and more than three and a half hours of exclusive interviews with President Bush, this text examines how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq.

Shadow :
ISBN: 0684852624. OCLC Number: 41523882

Simon & Schuster,. .

Twenty five years ago, after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, Gerald Ford promised a return to normalcy. "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over," President Ford declared. But it was not. The Watergate scandal, and the remedies against future abuses of power, would have an enduring impact on presidents and the country.

State of denial /
ISBN: 0743272234. OCLC Number: 71791999

Simon & Schuster,. .

A secret Pentagon assessment sent to the White House in May 2006 forecasted a more violent 2007 in Iraq, contradicting the repeated optimistic statements of President Bush. This book examines how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to Congress, and often to themselves. In this detailed inside story of a war-torn White House, Woodward answers the core questions: What happened after the invasion of Iraq? Why? How does Bush make decisions and manage a war that he chose to define his presidency? And is there an achievable plan for victory?--From publisher description.

The agenda :
ISBN: 0671864866. OCLC Number: 30475630

Simon & Schuster,. .

Working behind the scenes for the eighteen months following Bill Clinton's election, conducting hundreds of interviews with administration insiders and other key officials, and gaining access to confidential internal memos, diaries, and meeting notes, Bob Woodward has discovered how the Clinton White House really works. Clinton's pledge for a new economic deal was the cornerstone of his 1992 campaign, and fulfilling it has been his central ambition and enterprise as president. By focusing on Clinton's efforts to pass a comprehensive economic recovery plan, Woodward takes us not only to the highest level meetings, the hard-fought debates, and the most difficult decisions but also to the very heart of this presidency - and of this man. With its day-by-day, often minute-by-minute account, it is one of the most intimate portraits of a sitting president ever published. President Clinton is shown as he debates, scolds, pleads, celebrates, and rages in anger and frustration. What emerges also is a group portrait of Clinton's innermost circle of advisers in action - including his wife, Hillary; Vice President Al Gore; Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and the economic team; George Stephanopoulos and David Gergen and the White House staff; James Carville, Paul Begala, and the other outside political strategists; Congressional leaders; and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Using his proven research method - returning time and again to key sources and relying on the paper trail of internal documentation - Woodward has assembled an extensive archive of the early Clinton presidency. This microscopic examination of the Clintons and this administration, working under pressure on the nation's most important task, reveals the deep and still unsettled conflicts among President Clinton's advisers and within himself. The questions about the federal deficit, health care, welfare reform, taxes, jobs, government spending, interest rates, the roles and responsibilities of the middle class, the wealthy, and the poor are of lasting importance. How they are being answered affects each person in the country.

The brethren :
ISBN: 0671241109. OCLC Number: 5333650

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Cases and constitutional issues covered include abortion (Roe v. Wade); Vietnam War; Pentagon Papers; busing and school desegregation; executive privilege (Watergate Affair); death penalty; obscenity and pornography.

The choice /
ISBN: 0684813084. OCLC Number: 34983589

Simon & Schuster,. .

"The behind-the-scenes story of President Bill Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole over the last two years ... [as they] prepared themselves to square off for the 1996 presidential election."--Jacket.

The commanders /
ISBN: 0671413678. OCLC Number: 23584186

Simon & Schuster,. .

The behind-the-scenes story of how President Bush and his military high command made their decisions.

The final days /
ISBN: 0671222988. OCLC Number: 1975233

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The Washington Post reporters draw on interviews, leaks, and investigations to reconstruct the events and circumstances, in and outside the White House, during the unsettled and unsettling final weeks of the Nixon administration.

The last of the President's men /
ISBN: 1501116452. OCLC Number: 913889888

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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 price of politics /
ISBN: 1451651104. OCLC Number: 792881739

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This book examines the struggle between President Obama and the United States Congress to manage federal spending and tax policy for the three and one half years between 2009 and the summer of 2012. More than half the book focuses on the intense 44-day crisis in June and July 2011 when the United States came to the brink of a potentially catastrophic default on its debt. Based on eighteen months of reporting, the author presents a well-documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and a half years. Providing verbatim, day-by-day accounts, he shows what really happened, what drove the debates and struggles that continue to define the American future.

The secret man :
ISBN: 0743287150. OCLC Number: 60777576

Simon & Schuster,. .

Presents an examination of the author's long and complex relationship with the FBI official responsible for providing him with the details of the Watergate break-in, which ultimately resulted in the resignation of President Nixon.

The war within :
ISBN: 1416558977. OCLC Number: 191245847

Simon & Schuster,. .

Bob Woodward's fourth book about the Bush presidency at war declassifies the secrets of America's political and military involvement in Iraq. Woodward once again pulls back the curtain on Washington to reveal the inner workings of a government at war.

Untitled /
ISBN: 0857200445. OCLC Number: 649802489

Simon & Schuster,. .

Veil :
ISBN: 0671601172. OCLC Number: 16646152

Simon and Schuster,. .

The story of the covert wars that were waged in a secretive atmosphere and became the centerpieces and eventual time bombs of American foreign policy in the 1980s.

Wired :
ISBN: 0571141641. OCLC Number: 12500320

Faber,. .