Tony D'Amelio and Bob Woodward hit the road
I was with BOB WOODWARD in Toronto and New Haven for public ticketed events in the past week. What amazes me most when we travel together is the awe and reverence people display when they meet him. I saw it over and over in the many events we've done together since the release of his latest book.
Steve Paikin, the popular veteran TVO broadcaster, was not immune to that feeling. He moderated the Toronto event and wrote this piece recapping what he called “one of the greatest nights of my life.”
Bob may be a legend, but his humility is palpable. He considers himself a reporter. That’s gritty work. Bob says it’s the work of getting to “the best obtainable version of the truth.” He does that work without bias – letting the story speak for itself. The most important thing, he says, is to not take the story personally but to be professional and follow the facts wherever they lead.
(clockwise from top right) Backstage in Toronto, shooting a promotional video for an upcoming event in Durham, NC; Bob Woodward shares pre-show moment with moderator Steve Paikin and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie; In New Haven: Christine Ohlman, the singer for the SNL Band, is one of the many guests who said hello backstage before the event.
Bob’s 19th book, Fear: Trump in the White House, has now sold over 2 million copies. It's his bestselling book ever. The success of Fear has fueled Interest in Bob’s speaking.
Will Bob Woodward be writing his 20th book sometime soon? I can’t imagine he can resist following the rest of the story as it unfolds. We’ll just have to wait to find out whether there's a new book coming.
SUPPLEMENTAL READING: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: BOB WOODWARD ON "FEAR: TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE" and BOB WOODWARD TEACHES INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: NEW ONLINE MASTERCLASS
ABOUT BOB WOODWARD
Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him . . . his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.” Therein lays the genius of Bob Woodward – a journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal.
Watergate’s theme of secret government is a common thread throughout Woodward’s career that has spawned 19 books – all national bestsellers – 13 of them #1 – more than any other contemporary nonfiction author. His 19th book, FEAR: Trump in the White House, sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in September 2018 – breaking the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster. As of this date, it’s sold more than 2 million copies. No one else in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect, and reputation of Woodward.
As a speaker, Woodward pulls the curtain back on Washington and its leaders to captivate audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. He blends stories that are both up to the minute and from the past (to provide historical context). Woodward speaks as he writes – crisp and concise – and helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power in an age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics. Professionally, Bob Woodward is currently associate editor for The Washington Post where he’s worked since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award, and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal.
About Tony D'Amelio
Tony has spent his career putting talented people and audiences together, first in the music business and later representing the world's leading speakers. After concluding 27 years as Executive Vice President of the Washington Speakers Bureau, Tony launched D'Amelio Network, a boutique firm that manages the speaking activities of a select group of experts on business, management, politics and current events. Clients include: Mike Abrashoff, Geoff Colvin, Katty Kay, Polly LaBarre, Nicole Malachowski, David Meerman Scott, Bill Taylor, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.