Two pairs of Washington Post journalists are writing books about the last days of the Trump administration.
Axios reports that Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Post are collaborating on an untitled book about President Donald Trump’s last days in office, and the beginning of President-elect Joe Biden’s stint in the Oval Office. Simon and Schuster will publish the book.
“We’re two pure reporters—what happened and why—and this is a perfect landscape for that kind of work,” Woodward told Axios reporter Mike Allen.
Meanwhile, Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig are co-writing a book about the end of the Trump presidency, also untitled, for Penguin Press, the publisher said in a news release.
The book, Penguin says, will “take readers behind the scenes of the 45th president’s impeachment on charges of abuse of power; his failure to take seriously and contain the Covid-19 virus, even as it ravaged the American people and economy; his deployment of federal officers to shut down the Black Lives Matter protests and to campaign for re-election as the law-and-order president; and Trump’s attempts to discredit not only the 2020 presidential election and Joe Biden’s victory, but our democracy itself.”
Rucker and Leonnig previously collaborated on A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America, which was published in January. A reviewer for Kirkus called that book “a significant, deeply reported portrait of the madness that continues to grip the White House.”
Neither book has a publication date yet.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.