This week, reports about Bob Woodward's upcoming book Fear caused a sensation for its depiction of the chaos within the Trump administration. Some reporters have been furnished with advance copies, but when will the rest of us get our hands on the book by Bob Woodward?
When does the book by Bob Woodward about Trump come out?
Fear, the latest book by Bob Woodward, will be released next Tuesday, Sept. 11.
What is Fear about?
Fear is the 19th book by Bob Woodward, the iconic Washington Post reporter who uncovered the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein. According to publisher Simon & Schuster, Fear is based on “hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, contemporaneous meeting notes, files, documents and personal diaries.”
Fear "brings to light the explosive debates that drive decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence," the publisher's release continues.
According to the Washington Post, the book contains some blockbuster assertions: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly supposedly called Trump an “idiot” and “off the rails” and said “we’re in Crazytown;" Defense Secretary James Mattis told associates that Trump acted like, and had the understanding of, “a fifth- or sixth-grader;" and former National Economic Council director Gary Cohn took documents off Trump’s desk to prevent him from signing them.
Woodward also reports that Trump requested a strategy for a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, ordered Mattis to plan the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and was told by his lawyer John Dowd to avoid speaking with special counsel Robert Mueller: “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit," Dowd purportedly said.
Where did the title Fear come from?
The book's title comes from what Woodward calls an "almost Shakespearean aside" made by Trump.
In an interview with the Atlantic, President Obama said that “real power means you can get what you want without having to exert violence.” When asked if he agreed, Trump replied, “Well, I think there’s a certain truth to that. Real power is through respect … Real power is, I don’t even want to use the word: ‘Fear.’ ”