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Best of the National Book Festival: Bob Woodward, 2016

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Welcome to our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Each weekday, we will feature a video presentation from among the thousands of authors who have appeared at the National Book Festival and as part of our new year-long series, National Book Festival Presents. Mondays will feature topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literary fiction; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir; Thursday: popular fiction; and Friday: authors who write for children and teens. Please enjoy, and make sure to explore our full National Book Festival video collection!

Bob Woodward (and his then reporting partner, Carl Bernstein) will forever be associated with the Watergate presidential scandal of 1972-74. Since then, Woodward has written or co-written more than a dozen No. 1 bestselling books, including “The Last of the President’s Men,” which he discussed with National Book Festival co-chair David Rubenstein on the Main Stage at the 2016 festival in Washington, D.C.

Sue Siegel, executive director of the Library’s James Madison Council, introduces Rubenstein, who begins his interview (at 2:10) by mentioning how Woodward was played by Robert Redford in the film version of “All the President’s Men”—to which the journalist replies, “You have no idea how many women I’ve disappointed.” The Pulitzer Prize winner then moves on to more serious topics.

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  1. Revealing interview on many fronts including currently (8-22-20). Rubenstein is a terrific interviewer and Woodward, of course, is a riveting and careful interviewee.

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