Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” offers an unparalleled look into the inner workings of President Donald Trump’s White House. Woodward, a veteran journalist with decades of experience covering the presidency, draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents to provide an authoritative and intimate portrait of the president during his first years in office. The book has been translated by Ali Salami.
The book delves into the explosive debates and decision-making processes that take place in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence. It covers key foreign policy issues, including North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, the Middle East, NATO, China, and Russia. The book also provides in-depth coverage of Trump’s major domestic policy issues, such as trade and tariff disputes, immigration, tax legislation, the Paris Climate Accord, and the racial violence in Charlottesville in 2017.
One of the book’s most fascinating revelations is the detailed coverage of the negotiations between Trump’s attorneys and Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation. Woodward lays out, for the first time, the meeting-by-meeting discussions and strategies, offering a rare glimpse into the intense legal battle that gripped the White House for much of Trump’s first term.
Woodward also exposes how senior officials in the Trump White House resorted to stealing draft orders from the president’s Oval Office desk in order to prevent him from issuing directives that could compromise top-secret intelligence operations. He writes that this was “no less than an administrative coup d’état,” and that it represented a “nervous breakdown” of executive power in the world’s most powerful country.
“Fear” is a meticulously researched and compelling book that offers a unique insight into the Trump White House. It provides a vivid and often shocking account of the inner workings of one of the most controversial presidencies in modern history. If you want to understand the Trump presidency and the people who have been closest to it, “Fear” is a must-read.
About the Author
Robert Upshur Woodward is a renowned American investigative journalist and author. Born on March 26, 1943, in Geneva, Illinois, he joined The Washington Post as a reporter in 1971 and now holds the title of associate editor. Woodward is best known for his work on the Watergate scandal, which he reported on with Carl Bernstein. Their work led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon, and was called “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time” by longtime journalism figure Gene Roberts.
Despite gaining fame from his work on Watergate, Woodward continued to work for The Washington Post, and has since written 21 books on American politics and current affairs, 13 of which have topped best-seller lists. His books provide insight into the inner workings of government and have garnered widespread acclaim for their depth of research and reporting.
Before his career in journalism, Woodward studied history and English literature at Yale College. While at Yale, he received a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship and served in the United States Navy for five years. During his time in the Navy, Woodward served aboard the USS Wright and was responsible for handling nuclear launch codes.
Woodward’s experiences in the Navy and his education at Yale have undoubtedly informed his work as a journalist and author. His reporting on Watergate and other political scandals have made him one of the most influential journalists of our time.