Woodward, a double Pulitzer Prize winner, is known for his behind-the-scenes reporting and unparalleled accessibility, but his second book on Trump promises to bring readers inside the Oval Office like never before. According to numerous sources, the book contains explosive accounts of Trump’s thoughts and actions on national security, the coronavirus pandemic, the economic collapse, and the Black Sea protests.
“Rage”; is scheduled for release on September 15th.
Jonathan Karp, CEO of Woodward publisher Simon & Schuster, also published Trump bestsellers released earlier this year by former national security adviser John Bolton and Trump’s granddaughter, Mary Trump. He told CNN, “Rage is the most important book Simon & Schuster will publish this year. Every voter should read it before November 3.”
In January, Trump revealed he was sitting with Woodward for the next book, which came as a surprise as he was fiercely critical of “Fear.” Woodward had consistently offered Trump the opportunity to be interviewed for that book, but Trump claimed he had never accepted the requests.
According to numerous sources familiar with the book, Woodward conducted more than a dozen interviews with Trump for “Rage” at the White House, Mar-a-Lago and over the phone.
Woodward is known to record all of his interviews with the permission of his subjects and sources. CNN has learned Woodward did hundreds of hours of interviews with other first-hand witnesses, and according to his publisher, received “notes, emails, diaries, calendars and confidential documents” including 25 personal letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In a statement, Simon & Schuster said the book would be an “unstable and lively” look at the “turmoil, controversy and dangers” of the Trump presidency.
CNN has learned that “Rage” also reveals Trump’s vague thoughts on former presidents and whether he thinks he will win re-election in November.
“I’m getting angry,” Trump told Woodward and Costa. “I bring rage. I always have. I do not know if it is an asset or an obligation, but whatever it is, I do.”
The same 2016 interview inspired the headline “Fear” for Woodward’s 2018 book, when Trump said “the real power is, I don’t even want to use the word, fear.”