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The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history.

But as number one internationally best-selling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa reveal for the first time, it was far more than just a domestic political crisis. Woodward and Costa interviewed more than 200 people at the centre of the turmoil, resulting in over 6,000 pages of transcripts - and a spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink.

This classic study of Washington takes listeners deep inside the Trump White House, the Biden White House, the 2020 campaign, and the Pentagon and Congress, with vivid eyewitness accounts of what really happened. Peril is supplemented throughout with never-before-seen material from secret orders, transcripts of confidential calls, diaries, emails, meeting notes and other personal and government records, making for an unparalleled history.

It is also the first inside look at Biden's presidency as he faces the challenges of a lifetime: the continuing deadly pandemic and millions of Americans facing soul-crushing economic pain, all the while navigating a bitter and disabling partisan divide, a world rife with threats, and the hovering dark shadow of the former president.

'We have much to do in this winter of peril,' Biden declared at his inauguration, an event marked by a nerve-wracking security alert and the threat of domestic terrorism.

Peril is the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another, and represents the culmination of Bob Woodward’s news-making trilogy on the Trump presidency, along with Fear and Rage. And it is the beginning of a collaboration with fellow Washington Post reporter Robert Costa that will remind listeners of Woodward’s coverage, with Carl Bernstein, of President Richard M. Nixon’s final days.

©2021 Bob Woodward and Robert Costa (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, UK

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Woodward and Costa are brilliant

This is an excellent piece of investigative journalism. Bob Woodward does not rest on his laurels. He and Robert Costa shine a bright and thoroughly forensic light on the events of January 6th 2021. They present their evidence and draw appropriate, yet uncomfortable, conclusions. This is a book for serious scholars and neophytes alike. It will prove incendiary to the far right, who will not be able to offer a different narrative without bending or destroying objective reality.

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