Bob Woodward’s incendiary trilogy of Trump books will come to an end with ‘Peril’

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Journalist Bob Woodward attends the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C.
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A year after the buzzy release of his book “Rage,” which contained incriminating evidence regarding former President Donald Trump’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, investigative journalist Bob Woodward is gearing up for his next bombshell publication.

Publishing giant Simon & Schuster announced Monday that the third and final installment in Woodward’s bestselling trilogy of Trump exposés is on its way. Out Sept. 21, “Peril” will explore the turbulent transfer of power from Trump to President Joe Biden amid a global health crisis.

Woodward’s journalism helped bring down Richard Nixon. But “Rage” it too ploddingly neutral and enamored of access to make a dent in this fallen age.

Sept. 15, 2020


For his latest deep dive into modern White House history, Woodward has joined forces with fellow Washington Post reporter Robert Costa. The colleagues conducted more than 200 interviews with individuals at the heart of the intense presidential transition in preparation for their ambitious joint project, billed as a “spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink.”

According to Simon & Schuster, the forthcoming book is also “supplemented throughout with never-before-seen material from secret orders, transcripts of confidential phone calls, diaries, emails, meeting notes and other personal and government records.”

An image of a man in red in the upper left corner and a man in blue in the lower right corner on the book cover "Peril."
(Simon & Schuster)

“Peril,” a detailed account spanning the final moments of the Trump presidency and the early months of the Biden administration, is the highly anticipated follow-up to Woodward’s previous Trump investigations, “Fear” and “Rage.”

Shortly before “Rage” hit shelves last year, audio surfaced of Woodward interviewing Trump for his book about the White House’s handling of the COVID-19 emergency.

Audio from Trump’s interviews with Bob Woodward about COVID-19 reveal what he knew, and what he lied about.

Sept. 9, 2020


The watershed recording — in which Trump admitted to intentionally downplaying the dangers of the novel coronavirus — ignited a strong backlash, directed at both the former president and the journalist, who was accused of withholding key information to sell copies of his work.

In response to the criticism, Woodward told the Associated Press his primary goal was to finish and release “Rage” before the presidential election and after a thorough fact check — because “Trump says things that don’t check out, right?”

“That was the demarcation line for me,” he said in September. “Had I decided that my book was coming out on Christmas, the end of this year, that would have been unthinkable.”