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Books by Bob Woodward


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: October 13, 2015
ISBN: 9781501116445

Follow Bob on Twitter at @realBobWoodward.

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.

Read Richard Nixon’s “zilch memo”

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?


“An intimate but disturbing portrayal of Nixon in the Oval Office.”David Hoffman, The Washington Post

“Brisk, provocative . . . Woodward’s engrossing volume gives us an Alexander Butterfield of enormous complexity.”Stephen L. Carter, BloombergView

“A head-shaker . . . a great read.”John W. Dean, former White House counsel to President Nixon, Verdict

“A short and riveting look into the files and memory of Alexander Butterfield . . . Here Butterfield gives Woodward access to files and photos even the seasoned journalist had never seen before . . . Nixon’s vulgarities and general ugliness of manner somehow shocked this usually unshockable reader.”Sara Nelson, Amazon Best Book of October 2015

“It was the biggest bombshell of the biggest political scandal in American history: White House aide Alexander Butterfield revealing the existence of the White House taping system. . . . now he’s back to teach us all one of the basic lessons of journalism: there is always more to the story.”CBS News

“Full of new insights for the public and scholars . . . [A] largely overlooked window into the Nixon personality . . . a service to history.”Tim Naftali, former director of the Nixon Presidential Library

“Granular details that slam home the mendacity, Machiavellian scheming, and shameless lack of accountability that permeated the Nixon White House.” – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“A cringe-worthy portrayal of the 37th president . . . Woodward puts the petty Nixon on vivid display.”Evan Thomas, The Washington Post

“Woodward returns to the scandal to profile Alexander Butterfield, the Richard Nixon aide who revealed the existence of the Oval Office tapes and effectively toppled the presidency. . . . [the book is] pure Woodward: a visual, dialogue-heavy, blow-by-blow account of Butterfield’s tenure. . . . a close-up view of the Oval Office in its darkest hour.”Kirkus Reviews

“A whole new Richard Nixon emerges…An extraordinary story.” – Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour

“A riveting read” – Jake Tapper, CNN

“Brisk, provocative …Woodward’s engrossing volume gives us an Alexander Butterfield of enormous complexity.” – Stephen Carter, Yale Law professor, BloombergView

“Another fascinating gift to history by D.C.’s most relentless reporter.” – Politico

“Another ingenious piece of work” – Chris Matthews, Hardball

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“Secret archive offers fresh insight into Nixon presidency”

“The man who knew too much about Richard Nixon”

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The Price of Politics

Details: Hardcover:448 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 11, 2012) ISBN: 978-1451651102  Buy from Amazon.com   Buy from Barnes & Noble   Buy from Politics and Prose   Download from iTunes Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward’s 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic […]

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Obama's Wars

Obama’s Wars

Details: Hardcover:441 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 27, 2010) ISBN: 1439172498 Buy from Amazon.com Buy from Barnes & Noble Buy from Borders Books Buy from Politics and Prose After working behind the scenes for 18 months, Woodward has written the most intimate and sweeping portrait of Obama  at work with his team. Drawing on […]

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The War Within

The War Within

Bob Woodward’s fourth book about the Bush presidency at war declassifies the secrets of America’s political and military involvement in Iraq. It will be essential reading for all citizens — and candidates — in this election year.

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State of Denial

State Of Denial

Bob Woodward’s third #1 New York Times bestseller on President George W. Bush’s wars tells the detailed, behind-the-scenes story of how the Bush administration failed to tell the truth about the Iraq War.

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The Secret Man

In Washington , D.C. , where little stays secret for long, the identity of Deep Throat — the mysterious source who helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein break open the Watergate scandal in 1972 — remained hidden for 33 years. Now, Woodward tells the story of his long, complex relationship with W. Mark Felt, the enigmatic former No. 2 man in the Federal Bureau of Investigation who helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon.

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Plan Of Attack

Plan Of Attack

Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq .

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Bush At War

Bush At War

Bush at War is the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush and his top national security advisers, after the initial shock of the September 11 attacks, led the nation to war. Based on interviews with more than a hundred sources and four hours of exclusive interviews with the president, Bush at War reveals Bush’s sweeping, almost grandiose, vision for remaking the world. “I’m not a textbook player, I’m a gut player,” the president said.

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In eight Tuesdays each year, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan convenes a small committee to set the short-term interest rate that can move through the American and world economies like an electric jolt. As much as any, the committee’s actions determine the economic well-being of every American.

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The Shadow


Twenty-five years ago, after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, Gerald Ford promised a return to normalcy. “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over,” President Ford declared. But it was not. The Watergate scandal, and the remedies against future abuses of power, would have an enduring impact on presidents and the country.

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The Choice

Based on a massive body of original reporting and documentation and on hundreds of interviews with firsthand sources, The Choice is the behind-the-scenes story of President Bill Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole over two years. It is the personal and political story of how the nation’s two top leaders prepared themselves to square off for the 1996 presidential election.

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The Agenda

Working behind the scenes for the 18 months following Bill’s election, Bob Woodward has discovered how the Clinton White House really works. In The Agenda, he offers one of the most intimate portraits of a sitting president ever published, taking us not only to the highest level meetings, the hard-fought debates, and most difficult decisions but also to the very heart of this presidency — and of this man.

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The Commanders

During the first two years of the George H. W. Bush administration, the United States military and its leaders dominated the world’s attention to a degree not seen since the Vietnam War. Bob Woodward tells the behind-the-scenes story of how President Bush and his military high command made their decisions.

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“Everyone always says more than they’re supposed to,” Central Intelligence Agency Director William J. Casey told Bob Woodward in one of their major interviews for this book. Using hundreds of inside sources and secret documents, Woodward has pieced together an unparalleled account of the CIA, its Director, and the United States government.

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John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose March 5, 1982, in a seedy hotel bungalow off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Belushi’s death was the beginning of a trail that led Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on an investigation that examines the dark side of American show business.

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