by Jasmine Batchelor
January 3, 2019
Legendary Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist/Author and Associate Editor,
The Washington Post
Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Woodward has authored or coauthored 19 national best-selling non-fiction books. Thirteen have been #1 national non-fiction bestsellers — more #1 national non-fiction bestsellers than any contemporary author. He has written books on nine of the most recent presidents, from Nixon to Trump. Fear: Trump in the White House, which sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in the United States and broke the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster, is the most detailed and penetrating portrait of a sitting president in the first years of an administration.
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.”
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.” (Source: Roy J. Harris, Jr., Pulitzer’s Gold, 2007, p. 233.)
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.”
Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, said in 2014 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.”