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Bob Woodward
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  • Investigative journalist famous for uncovering the Watergate scandal and earning the Washington Post the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

  • Author of 17 best-selling non-fiction books, five of which were covered on 60 Minutes, and three of which were made into films.

  • Woodward engrosses audiences with his fascinating insights into journalism, government, and politics.

  • Woodward shares with his audiences his compelling perspectives and his fascinating stories from his acclaimed career in journalism.

Bob Woodward is an American journalist known for his investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal. Alongside fellow journalist Carl Bernstein, Woodward unlocked the secrets of this scandal within the Nixon administration, earning the Washington Post a Pulitzer Prize and making Woodward one of the most notable investigative journalists of all time.

Woodward graduated from Yale University with his Bachelors degree in 1965 and then served for five years in the U.S. Navy. In 1972, a year after Woodward started his first job in journalism at the Montgomery County Sentinel, he went on to work at the Washington Post in a position that he still holds today. While working at the Washington Post, Woodward received a tip about a burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. This tip led Woodward and fellow reporter Carl Bernstein to do the investigative work that led them to uncover the major details of the Watergate scandal. They went on to publish their findings in a series of articles in the Washington Post. This not only led to Woodward and Bernstein’s shared status as acclaimed investigative journalists, but it also led to the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Since that fateful tip in 1972, Woodward has never stopped reporting the news. He contributed to the Washington Post’s second Pulitzer Prize in 2002 with his reporting on the 9/11 attacks, and he has published 17 best-selling non-fiction books on politics, government, law, and journalism. 60 Minutes has done segments on five of Woodward’s books, and three of his books have been made into movies — including his first book All the President’s Men, which won four Academy Awards.

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“Our event with Bob Woodward was fabulous!! We were able to fill our nearly 600 seat auditorium, with about 80 guests in overflow areas. Not bad for a weekday morning. Mr. Woodward was personal and engaging, fast on his feet and connected well with each of our audiences - a real pro!”
- 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

“Bob Woodward was a smashing success and everyone was on the edge of their seats during his remarks. I and several others noted that not one person coughed during his remarks and I find that to be an interesting observation, it also indicates how compelling he was.”
- Barbara Deaney, Shore Memorial Hospital

"He was terrific and very insightful. The best event attendance in the history of the event (59 years). It was a real winning event!!"
- Tracy Baum, Los Angeles Jewish Federation

PROGRAMS

“Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.” This is what Bob Schieffer of CBS News had to say about Bob Woodward in 2004. Woodward is the highly acclaimed investigative journalist who uncovered the Watergate scandal that led to a Pulitzer prize and President Richard Nixon’s resignation, and who has written 17 non-fiction books. Woodward is one of the most experienced authorities on investigative journalism, politics, and government, and this is immediately evident upon hearing him speak.

Woodward brings incredible insight and a wealth of experience to his talks. He is compelling, powerful, and composed, keeping audience members on the edge of their seat from beginning to end. Woodward engrosses listeners with his endless supply of fascinating stories from his decades as an investigative journalist, as well as his valuable and unique perspective on American history, politics, law, government, and journalism.

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.

BEST-SELLING BOOKS

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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