Bob Woodward has earned nearly every American journalism award as the most respected investigative reporter in the news business,including the Pulitzer Prize.
Woodward first gained national attention when he teamed with Carl Bernstein to investigate the burglary at the Watergate office building.
Since then he's achieved national acclaim as the only contemporary American to author or co-author nine #1 national best-selling non-fiction books, including All The President's Men, The Final Days, The Agenda, The Choice, Shadow - Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate, which surveys the legacy of the Watergate scandal on contemporary politics, and Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom, a look at Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and the American economy. Woodward’s most recent release, Plan of Attack is the first detailed, behind-the-scenes account of how and why the president decided to wage war in Iraq.
Named one of the Best Investigative Reporters in America by The New York Times, Bob Woodward has been the Assistant Managing Editor of Investigative News for The Washington Post since 1982.
In 1973, Woodward teamed with Carl Bernstein at The Post to investigate the burglary at the Watergate office building. For their reporting of the scandal in the Nixon administration, the newspaper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Prior to reporting, Woodward served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer. He began his career as a "newspaper man" with the Sentinel, out of Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1971 he joined The Post and in 1979 became Assistant Managing Editor of Metropolitan News.
Woodward is the only contemporary American writer to author at least nine #1 best-selling non-fiction books, including: All the President’s Men and The Final Days, co-authored with Bernstein; and The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court, co-authored by former staff writer Scott Armstrong.
Others include Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, The Commanders, The Man Who Would Be President: Dan Quayle , The Agenda: Inside The Clinton White House, and The Choice. In 2000 he published, Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom, a national best-selling look at the American economy, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, and Greenspan's economic legacy.
Using his standard you-are-there technique in The Shadow, he paints a detailed study of crucial points in the five administrations in which "the honesty and truthfulness of the presidents...were challenged." Woodward takes us deep into the administration of Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. With special emphasis on the human toll, he shows the consequences of the new ethics laws, and the emboldened Congress and media.
Bush at War (2002) reveals in stunning detail how an untested president with a sweeping vision for remaking the world and war cabinet members often at odds with each other responded to the September 11 terrorist attacks and prepared to confront Iraq. Woodward's virtual wiretap into the White House Situation Room is the first history of the war on terrorism.
Woodward’s most recent release, Plan of Attack is the definitive account of a turning point in history as President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launch a preemptive attack on Iraq, toppling Saddam Hussein and taking over the country. From in-depth interviews and documents, Bob Woodward provides an authoritative narrative of the Administration's behind-the-scenes maneuvering over two years and examines the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam. Plan of Attack relates the how and the why of decision making-including the secret meetings, secure phone calls, strategies, dilemmas, conflicts, and the raw emotions of war as they are rarely seen in contemporary history.
His speeches include:
Plan of Attack
Bob Woodward’s presentation, based on his best selling book, Plan of Attack, once again demonstrates why he’s the dean of investigative journalists. Woodward provides audiences with the inside story of the Bush Administration's decision to go to war and the efforts that followed to deal with the conflict. Woodward picks up where his previous book, Bush at War, left off, sharing with audiences his extensive access to dozens of key Bush administration figures to uncover the inside story that reveals how Washington works and the struggles to determine America’s political agenda. Always compelling, always lucid, Woodward provides numerous anecdotes and stories that shed light on how the current Iraqi policy took shape, and even comments on what the future holds for both the administration’s key players – and the war in Iraq.
Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate
Twenty-five years after Richard Nixon's resignation, the reporter who helped break the story explains how Watergate--the premier scandal of our time--has forever changed American politics, modern culture, and the highest political office in America. Woodward shows how aggressive probes increasingly stripped away privacy and protections once expected by the nation's chief, resulting in the new ethics laws, and a bolder Congress and media. Using presidential documents, diaries, prosecutorial records and hundreds of interviews with firsthand witnesses, Woodward chronicles how all five men failed first to understand and then to manage the inquisitorial environment. Audiences journey deep into the administrations of Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, learning how each discovered that the presidency was forever altered.
The 2004 Presidential Election
As the 2000 race for the highest office of America forever changed the face of election contests, both age-old issues and new dilemmas challenge candidates and intrigue voters. What really wins the admiration of the public, and ultimately, the election - style or substance? What is the affect of the "middle-of-the-road trend" when it comes to taking a stand on the issues? Does it pay to play left, right or center? According to the parties’ respective platforms, what changes lie ahead? What about the influence of money - does a well-funded campaign provide enough of a push to knock competitors out of the race? What are the forces at play within American society right now - from the respective political parties to special interest groups? In this time of increasing focus on scandal, what role will personal ethics and private life play in the outcome? From the unique perspective of a presidential expert, and in his frank investigative reporting style, Bob Woodward discusses the elections, their parties, and other factors involved in the current political scene.