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The book covers the end of the Trump presidency and the early months of the Biden presidency.

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 # 1 internationally bestselling 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 center of the turmoil, resulting in more than 6,000 pages of transcripts—and a spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink.

This classic study of Washington takes readers 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 readers of Woodward’s coverage, with Carl Bernstein, of President Richard M. Nixon’s final days.

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  • Will Byrnes

    Milley believed January 6 was a planned, coordinated, synchronized attack on the very heart of American democracy, designed to overthrow the government to prevent the constitutional certification o...

  • Diane S ?

    I had heard parts and parcels of this book on various news networks. Heard and watched the author interviews. This book covers the end of the Mango Mussolini's term and the beginning of Bidens. The in...

  • Faith

    The unhinged president was raging like a character from Full Metal Jacket and world leaders had to be reassured by our military leaders that the country was not imploding. That is just a little of wha...

  • Lorna

    Peril was the last of a trilogy about the Trump administration by veteran investigative reporter Bob Woodward, and this book written with Washington Post reporter Robert Costa. While I was not going t...

  • Jill Meyer

    If you’re looking for the gold standard in Trump books, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s “Peril” is it. I’m not saying that because it was written by Bob Woodward (I thought his two previous ...

  • Bren fall in love with the sea.

    “Real power is—I don’t even want to use the word—fear,” Trump told us. “I bring rage out. I do bring rage out. I always have. I don’t know if that’s an asset or a liability, but whatev...

  • Malia

    Oh, boy....Though little in it is surprising, it still has the ability to unsettle and disturb. I read this in conjunction with watching the Netflix series, "The Comey Rule" (based on his book, "A Hig...

  • Jason

    Wowza. Just...wowza.While reading this, all I kept thinking was, "This is the craziest shit I've ever read in my life." After which I had to remind myself repeatedly, THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED. It almost...

  • Lois is behind her reviews at least a month

    Bloated and unnecessarily long winded post the Jan 6th debacle.This is okay leading up to the Jan 6th insurrection. At the same time besides the bit in the beginning about Milley contacting the Chines...

  • Bill

    Bob Woodward books to me are like big bags of potato chips. I can't resist them, I can finish them off in a few sittings, they're satisfying in the moment, and once opened, they have a short shelf lif...