Bob Woodward’s New Book “Peril” and the Politics Involved


Lillian Eschweiler

On Sept. 21, 2021. Investigative journalist Bob Woodward will release the third book, in what many are calling the “Trump Expose Trilogy.”  

 Woodward is renowned for being one of the journalists who pulled back the curtains in the Watergate scandal, leading to Nixon’s resignation from the oval office. Through the years, Woodward has authored books on Clinton, Bush, and Obama. And in his most recent books, he is uncovering the scandals in the Trump presidency.  

 In his book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” gives excerpts from Trump’s aides in the Whitehouse, who recount various occurrences with the president, which display negative behavior and juvenile language. In his second book ‘Rage,’ chronicles taped phone call interviews between the former President and Woodward, as well as accounts from first hand witnesses, diaries, emails, phone calls, and other confidential information.  

 In the release of his latest book “Peril,” Woodward (accompanied by Robert Costa), will chronicle Trump’s presidency up to his last moments in office, as well as the first months of Joe Biden’s Presidency. This book will use the same phone call transcripts in “Rage,” as well as a combined 200 interviews, that will give the reader insight into both these men’s presidencies.  

 The purpose of Woodward’s new book is to show a duality between Trump and Biden’s presidency, but more importantly the duality between them as people according to an NPR news magazine: 

 “Trump is the more compelling figure, the sun within his universe and the driving force in national politics. Biden seems less sure of himself, less forceful in debate, often more importuning than commanding. 

But Trump also comes across as impatient, often delusional, and obsessed with his scoreboard. He is impatient and intolerant of dissent. Biden comes across as comparatively benign, inclined to listening and even saying he’s sorry” 

Woodward also presents the dangerous supremacy presented, in the capital riot that occurred on Jan. 6, ending the book with an ominous caution: “Could Trump work his will again? Were there any limits to what he and his supporters might do to put him back in power? 

Peril remains.”