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CNN Exclusive: Details, title and cover revealed for Bob Woodward’s upcoming book on Trump

Following on from his 2018 bestseller “Fear”, legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s new book on President Donald Trump entitled “Rage” will feature amazing sources on the behavior and decision-making of the President’s book.

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.


; is scheduled for September 15th.

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 2019, White House officials were referred to as “love letters” by the Washington Post, and sources familiar with the book say the letters were “exceptional.” According to Simon & Schuster, Kim describes in a letter “the connection between the two leaders as something out of a ‘fantasy film'”.

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.

The book’s title is taken from a quote during an interview Trump conducted on the Campaign Trail in March 2016 with Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.

“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”.

Woodward’s first book on Trump made headlines about the extraordinary measures that members of his inner circle had taken to prevent him from responding to what they saw as his most dangerous impulses. It called then-chief of staff John Kelly a “crazy city,” then Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the president had the understanding of “a fifth or sixth grader” and his former personal attorney, John Dowd, was quoted as a “liar” to Trump and tell the President that he could not be interviewed by a special adviser, Robert Mueller, or he would end up in “orange overalls”.

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