Woodward's New Book, Called Fear, Is About Trump

'Fear: Trump in the White House' to be released Sept. 11
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2018 6:11 AM CDT
Journalist Bob Woodward sits at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Bob Woodward is releasing his 19th book, and it's one the investigative journalist has spent the past 19 months on—somehow without most people being aware of that fact, the Washington Post reports. Simon & Schuster will release Fear: Trump in the White House, on Sept. 11; a release from the publisher describes it as revealing "in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside Donald Trump's White House and how the president makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies." The AP reports it's a return to form for Woodward, who has in the past released books about a sitting president during an election year.

As for this release, the Post describes the book's cover as "unsettling ... an extreme close-up of a squinty-eyed Trump depicted through a gauzy red filter." It also explains how the title came to be, reporting that it hails from an April 2016 interview with Woodward, then-candidate Trump, and a second reporter about the nature of power that ended with Trump saying, "Real power is, I don’t even want to use the word: 'Fear.'" Simon & Schuster describes the book as being the product of "hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, contemporaneous meeting notes, files, documents and personal diaries," with company president and publisher Jonathan Karp describing it as "the most acute and penetrating portrait of a sitting president ever published during the first years of an administration."

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