Watergate sleuth Bob Woodward's next book will examine the Trump administration's final days and President Joe Biden's first days in office, carried by interviews and access to secret materials, according to the publisher.
Peril, Woodward's third book focusing on former President Donald Trump, will be published on Sept. 21 and will "reveal for the first time" how the transition to the Biden administration "was far more than just a domestic political crisis," Simon & Schuster announced on Monday.
The pair interviewed more than 200 people at the center of the turmoil, resulting in more than 6,000 pages of transcripts, the publisher said, but likely not included in that tally is Trump himself. Jason Miller, who served as Trump's spokesman through June, told Politico in April the former president "is not participating in Bob Woodward’s book."
Still, the book is "supplemented throughout with never-before-seen material from secret orders, transcripts of confidential calls, diaries, emails, meeting notes and other personal and government records, making for an unparalleled history," Simon & Schuster said.
"It is also the first inside look at Biden’s presidency as he faces the challenges of a lifetime: the continuing deadly pandemic and millions of Americans facing soul-crushing economic pain, all the while navigating a bitter and disabling partisan divide, a world rife with threats, and the hovering, dark shadow of the former president," the publisher added.
Trump participated in 18 interviews with Woodward for Rage, published in September 2020 by Simon & Schuster, and faced a wave of backlash, particularly for his comments about downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in its earliest days. Even before it was published, Trump tweeted the book would be a "fake." Woodward said Trump did this after he warned the then-president that it would be "tough."
The first book in Woodward's Trump trilogy, Fear, appeared not to feature any interview material with Trump and was criticized by the former president after depicting his administration as being fraught with chaos.
“The Woodward book is a Joke – just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources," Trump said.
Woodward defended his sourcing, telling the Today show on NBC News, “The people who are willing to talk are people of conscience, people of courage, people who said, ‘Look, the world needs to know this.’ If you don’t think it’s risky for somebody to answer the questions and give the real details, it is."
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Original Author: Daniel Chaitin