Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

Legendary Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author — Associate Editor for The Washington Post

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  • Specializes in: Current Events, Economy, Politics and Government
  • Travels From: District Of Columbia

Topics

  • 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 distils out what lessons voters might expect—and demand—from the next president. With riveting storytelling, there can be no better guide as he pulls back the curtain and takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes, intimate tour of political power and the often hidden motives of key players. What are the leadership failings and gaps? Why? What are the dangers of government secrecy? Are we safe and who is responsible? What's driving our foreign policy? What about the economy and the budget wrangling? What could be the impact of scandal? Can anyone fix Washington? How might the fix be accomplished? After time spent listening to Bob Woodward, audiences understand why Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time."

  • 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. Woodward's work is so full of secrets that former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that he wished he'd recruited Woodward into the CIA, saying "He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill their guts to him. His ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn't be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique." In his talk Bob Woodward helps audiences see behind the closed doors and into the private offices of the Pentagon and the White House as our leaders wrestle with the great military, foreign policy and terrorism questions. There are important lessons there for our future as Woodward asks tough questions. What do we make of international instability? Are we prepared to defend the nation? Are America's foreign policy efforts up to the task—and can we change as fast as the world is changing? Woodward speaks as he writes—crisp and concise—and his storytelling will hold audiences spellbound.

  • 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. Woodward brings audiences on a journey and shows how Watergate forever altered the nature of the presidency, Washington and journalism. Have the lessons of Watergate been forgotten or ignored? How did post-Watergate ethics laws embolden Congress and the media? How have the privacy and protections once expected by the nation's chief executive changed? The legendary Bob Woodward draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the presidents, to offer insights on what it means to America and the President's ability to lead effectively.

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