The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008

The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008

Bob Woodward

2.2.2009

Bob Woodward

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. Mr. 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.”

Mr. Woodward has co-authored or authored eleven #1 national best-selling non-fiction books - more than any contemporary American writer. They are: “All the President’s Men” (1974), “The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court” (1979), “Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi” (1984), “Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987” (1987), “The Commanders” (1991), “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), and most recently “State of Denial” (2006),

Mr. Woodward’s other three books, “The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat” (2005), “The Choice” (1996), and “Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom” were national best-sellers for months.

Newsweek magazine has excerpted six of Mr. Woodward’s books in headline-making cover stories; 60 Minutes has done pieces on five of his books; three of his books have been made into movies.

Bob Woodward 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.

In his first ever visit to Arkansas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Bob Woodward discusses his latest book "The War Within," which chronicles the Bush Administration’s handling of the Iraq War after mounting violence in the summer of 2006 led to a change in strategy. Through a combination of clever humor and revealing quotes from his interviews with the President, his national security advisor, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and other government officials, Mr. Woodward addresses a general executive detachment from key decision-making and a "secret government" that, in his opinion, is a giant problem that potentially threatens the principles of democracy.

In addition to his investigation of the Bush Administration, Mr. Woodward discusses topics including the role of the press and the advances in reporting technologies, "Deep Throat" and Watergate, and Martha Mitchell's role - then wife of Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell - in his and Carl Bernstein's breaking the Watergate.