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Rage

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Robert Petkoff

13 Hours 22 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

September 2020

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Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of new reporting on the Trump presidency facing a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest.

Woodward, the #1 international bestselling author of Fear: Trump in the White House, has uncovered the precise moment the president was warned that the Covid-19 epidemic would be the biggest national security threat to his presidency. In dramatic detail, Woodward takes readers into the Oval Office as Trump’s head pops up when he is told in January 2020 that the pandemic could reach the scale of the 1918 Spanish Flu that killed 675,000 Americans.

In 17 on-the-record interviews with Woodward over seven volatile months—an utterly vivid window into Trump’s mind—the president provides a self-portrait that is part denial and part combative interchange mixed with surprising moments of doubt as he glimpses the perils in the presidency and what he calls the “dynamite behind every door.”

At key decision points, Rage shows how Trump’s responses to the crises of 2020 were rooted in the instincts, habits and style he developed during his first three years as president.

Revisiting the earliest days of the Trump presidency, Rage reveals how Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats struggled to keep the country safe as the president dismantled any semblance of collegial national security decision making.

Rage draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand witnesses as well as participants’ notes, emails, diaries, calendars and confidential documents.

Woodward obtained 25 never-seen personal letters exchanged between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a “fantasy film.”

Trump insists to Woodward he will triumph over Covid-19 and the economic calamity. “Don’t worry about it, Bob. Okay?” Trump told the author in July. “Don’t worry about it. We’ll get to do another book. You’ll find I was right.”

Includes excerpts from Bob Woodward’s interviews with President Donald J. Trump for Rage.

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  • Pamela C.

    whether Woodward agrees with him or not he is still our president and has done a wonderful job as such. what have u done woodward?

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  • Travis F.

    a very interesting read. lots of insight into the machinations of the Trump administration.

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  • Karen M.

    media opinion is not facts. that is the issue with this. spanish flu killed 675,000 people. covid-19 shows 32,000 deaths which is less than the typical flu in a normal year as well as less than death by pneumonia in a typical year. Trump Does say seemly outrageous statements, what the media ignores or overlook is there is truth to the statements. just because the presentation is not welcoming to some isn't a good enough reason to believe media hype as fact. CDC Prior to Covid-19 stated from multiple studies masks do not prevent the spread of virus. ( super small ) instead of adding to the lies of the media, do a book on the media and the wording they use, ( Rage) how they influence without facts but on lies or science that states the opposite of what they are spreading. not impressed with a book that does not show the real story. if we believed the delivery and words was indicative of the outcome than Obamacare would have been insurance and not a stepping stone to socialized medicine, the Iraqi war would have ended decades ago, deadbeat dad's would be held accountable, and so much more. glad you are making money on a book with yet another negative worded title, but the journalism the author is known for has fallen for the mainstream journalism of following the one leader only.

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  • Marjorie K.

    Excellent book. Looking forward to his next book post presidency. Fair and objective in my opinion. Trump is our president, but not a very good one. This book portrays him poorly although I think accurately. All I kept thinking throughout the whole book is how can this man be our president?

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  • Timothy C.

    Sad account of the reality of the last four years

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  • Toni C.

    Really good picture of Trumps first 3 years and how he got the pandemic so wrong. Woodward was Super fair and objective, in my opinion. Also helped me understand why some of those people chose to serve under him.

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