June 17, 1972. 3:30 a.m. Washington, D.C. Five men break into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the now famous Watergate office complex. The rest is History. And a President, who was "not a crook", ultimately became the first to resign from Office. At the time, two Washington Post journalists helped uncover the story. Bod Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who both received a Pulitzer price for their investigative work. This led to their famous book All The President's Men, which was then adapted in 1976 on the big screen by filmmaker Alan J. Pakula, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffmann.
Woodward then continued his work and went on to write many political bestsellers, including The War Within, where he explained in detail the events leading to the Iraq War and the mistakes that were made at the time, such as the dismantling of the Iraqi army, often referred as one of the worst political decisions in recent History.
Today, at 75, Bob Woodward is still active. Just two days ago, he released a rather blunt portrait of Donald Trump's first days in office, based on interviews with about one hundred sources. Titled Fear, the book became an instant hit and broke records. In its first day only, the book sold more than 750,000 copies and is getting strong demand from not only the US but all over the world. Some booksellers reported seeing clients purchasing up to a dozen copies. Many bookshops are completely sold out, just two days after the original release of the book.
The reason is obvious. Woodward tells the story of an administration in total chaos, with a President acting irrationally, up to the point where the author explains that people should be very careful about this pivoting moment in time. He quotes as an example a moment that allegedly took place in the Oval Office. Trump apparently was really proud of a drafted tweet that, according to Woodward, could have led to War with North Korea. The tweet said the US was going to "pull our dependents from South Korea... Family members of the 28,000 people there." While the Pentagon decided to stop the release of the tweet, this is just one of many chaotic stories included in Fear.
Some are doubting the words of the Pulitzer-winner journalist, in a similar manner that we saw for the Fire and Fury book, released in January by Michael Wolff, who many doubted the veracity of his claims. Today also, many close people of the administration are calling on Woodward, saying that some of his statements are wrong. Woodward replied that he has hundreds and hundreds of pages of interviews and confirms the veracity of his accusations.
While Woodward undoubtedly talked to many people, the only person that Woodward did not have the opportunity to talk to was Donald Trump himself. Woodward was able to have a phone call with the President, but it was too late, as the book was already written. The Washington Post posted the recorded conversation on YouTube, in which both argue for a long time on why the initial conversation did not take place.
Trump can be heard discovering during the call that it is going to be "a bad book." He later mentioned that the allegations from Woodward are "fabricated stories."
One thing is certain. One way or another, the truth is out there.
By CryptoGirl on 2019-08-07 17:25:56 ET
That main photo is... oh well.