Woodward, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is known for his behind-the-scenes coverage and unprecedented access, but his second book on Trump promises to get readers to the Oval Office like never before. According to multiple sources, the book contains explosive accounts of Trump’s thoughts and actions on national security, the coronavirus pandemic, economic collapse, and protests against the Black Lives Matter.
Jonathan Karp, CEO of Woodwards Verlag Simon & Schuster, also published the bestsellers on Trump published earlier this year by former National Security Advisor John Bolton and Trump’s niece Mary Trump. He told CNN: “Rage is the most important book Simon & Schuster will publish this year. Every voter should read it before November 3rd.”
In January Trump announced that he had sat down with Woodward on the upcoming book, which came as a surprise after harshly criticizing “Fear.” Woodward had repeatedly offered Trump the opportunity to be interviewed for this book, but Trump pretended he never received the inquiries.
According to several sources familiar with the book, Woodward conducted more than a dozen interviews with Trump for “Rage” at the White House, Mar-a-Lago, and on the phone.
Woodward is known to record all of his interviews with the permission of his subjects and sources. CNN learned that Woodward conducted hundreds of hours of firsthand interviews with other witnesses and, according to his publisher, received “notes, emails, diaries, calendars and confidential documents,” including 25 personal letters between Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In a statement, Simon & Schuster said the book would take a “volatile and vivid” look at the “turmoil, contradictions and risks” of the Trump presidency.
CNN has learned that “Rage” also reveals Trump’s outspoken views of former presidents and whether he believes he will win re-election in November.
“I bring out anger,” Trump told Woodward and Costa. “I bring out anger. I’ve always done it. I don’t know if this is an asset or a liability, but whatever it is, I do.”
The same 2016 interview inspired the title “Fear” for Woodward’s 2018 book when Trump said that “real power is, I don’t even want to use the word fear”.