Legendary journalist Bob Woodward, author of the #1 international bestseller Fear: Trump in The White House, is touring the country and will appear in Nashville on Feb. 10 at historic War Memorial Auditorium.
Fear is the most detailed and penetrating portrait of a sitting president in the first year of an administration. It sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in the United States, breaking the 94-year, first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster.
“No, Bob Woodward is not a Democratic operative,” said POLITICO Playbook. “He’s a highly respected journalist who has a track record of writing meticulously detailed books about presidents with an uncanny knack for getting behind-the-scenes details.”
The extraordinary interest in Woodward’s Fear is fueled by people’s hunger to truly understand what is going on in Washington. As he travels the country, Woodward says people’s questions fall into four categories:
Jill Abramson, the former editor of The New York Times, said in her review of Fear written for The Washington Post, “In an age of ‘alternative facts’ and corrosive tweets about ‘fake news,’ Woodward is truth’s gold standard…explosive…As a profile of Trump, the book is devastating…jaw-dropping.”
George Packer in The New Yorker wrote that Fear “is a remarkable feat of reporting…There’s nothing comparable in American journalism, except maybe Woodward’s The Final Days, co-written with Carl Bernstein about the downfall of Richard Nixon.”
Woodward has worked for The Washington Post for 47 years and shared in two Pulitzer Prizes – the first with Bernstein for their Watergate coverage and the second as the lead reporter for the Post’s coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. All 19 of Woodward’s have been national bestsellers – 13 of them (now including Fear) have been #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has written articles and books about the last nine presidents from Nixon to Trump.
In 2014, Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and secretary of defense, said of Woodward, “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.” That is Woodward’s true gift and audiences who hear him speak leave transfixed by what they’ve learned.
If You Go:
Feb. 10, 2019
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Ave. North