Recordings of a U.S. president are once again the focus of the legendary journalist’s reporting and the historical record.
The astonishing and intimate eight-hour audio archive of Bob Woodward’s twenty interviews with President Donald J. Trump will be released for the first time as a Simon & Schuster Audiobook Original on October 25.
NEW YORK, October 11 — It was announced today that The Trump Tapes, an audiobook original by Bob Woodward featuring more than eight hours of his interviews with President Donald J. Trump, will be published in North America on October 25, 2022 by Simon & Schuster Audio, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc and on the same day in the United Kingdom by Simon & Schuster UK Audio. Audio rights were acquired by Chris Lynch, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio from Robert Barnett, of Williams & Connolly in Washington DC.
“I’m doing something here that I’ve never done before, presenting the lengthy, raw interviews of my work,” states Woodward in the introduction. “I wanted to put as much of Trump’s voice, his own words, out there for the historical record so people can hear and make their own assessments.”
“This audiobook is essential listening for anyone who wants to understand President Trump’s decision-making process, from his handling of the COVID crisis to foreign policy and racial justice,” said Lynch. “You’ll hear the greatest political reporter of his generation go toe-to-toe with a sitting president. It’s as if you are in the room with them – a remarkable experience.”
The Audiobook begins in March 2016 when Bob Woodward and political reporter, Robert Costa, interviewed presidential candidate Donald Trump when he was on the verge of the republican nomination. Woodward then interviewed President Trump 19 times in the fall of 2019 through August 2020 for his second book on Trump’s presidency, Rage.
The recordings are a striking and detailed portrait of a president. They take you inside Woodward’s reporting process and give listeners a masterclass in Trump politics and journalism.
Recalls Woodward of the tapes: “Re-listening to the tapes earlier this year, I was stunned by their relevance to understanding who Trump is. I hope when you listen you feel you are in the Oval Office with me as Trump slams the Resolute Desk, or playing concierge at Mar-a-Lago.”
Listeners will also hear Melania Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Lindsey Graham, Dan Scavino, KellyAnne Conway, Vice President Mike Pence, and others in the background during these interview sessions. Audio excerpts of Woodward’s interviews with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and his Deputy Matt Pottinger are also included.
Listening to these interviews in full is an unparalleled excursion into Trump, how he views the presidency, the country and the world. Hear him at his most raw, profane, divisive, and deceptive and, ever the salesman, also at his most entertaining and engaging.
Perhaps Woodward’s greatest reporting feat since All the President’s Men, this audio is a must-listen for all historians and citizens— and for many future generations.
BOB WOODWARD is the author of 21 books. Fifteen have been New York Times #1 bestsellers, including three on Trump: Fear (2018), Rage (2020), and Peril with co-author Robert Costa (2021). Woodward has been a Washington Post reporter for 50 years and shared in two Pulitzer Prizes. He lives in Washington DC with his wife, journalist Elsa Walsh.
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