Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award, and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.
Woodward has authored or coauthored 18 non-fiction books. All 18 have been national bestsellers and 12 of them have been #1 national non-fiction bestsellers — more #1 national non-fiction bestsellers than any contemporary author.
Woodward won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.
The Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever.”
In 2003, Albert Hunt of The Wall Street Journal called Woodward “the most celebrated journalist of our age.”
In 2004, 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.”
In 2014, Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, said that he wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, saying 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.”
Gene Roberts, the former managing editor of The New York Times, has called the Woodward-Bernstein Watergate coverage, “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.”
In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time Magazine has called All the President’s Men, by Bernstein and Woodward, “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”
Woodward has co-authored or authored twelve #1 national best-selling non-fiction books. They are:
- All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, co-authored with Bernstein
- The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979), co-authored with Scott Armstrong
- Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984)
- Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 (1987)
- The Commanders (1991) on the first Bush administration and the Gulf War
- The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994)
- Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999)
- Bush at War (2002)
- Plan of Attack (2004)
- State of Denial:Bush at War Part III (2006)
- Obama’s Wars (2010)
Woodward’s other books, The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat (2005), The Choice (1996) on the presidential election, Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom (2000), The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006 – 2008 (2008), and The Price of Politics were national best-sellers for months.
His most recent book, The Last of the President’s Men, was released October 13, 2015.
Woodward was born March 26, 1943 in Illinois. He graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County (Maryland) Sentinel, where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.
For further information about Bob Woodward:
A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures by Ben Bradlee, pages 12-13 and chapters 14-19
Personal History by Katharine Graham
The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse, pages 289-300
The CIA at War by Ronald Kessler, pages 127-29
The Powers That Be by David Halberstam, pages 259 and chapters 24, 26, and 33