Robert Costa has joined Bob Woodward as co-author for a new book about Trump’s final days in the White House and the beginning of Joe Biden’s presidency soon to follow. This will be Bob Woodward’s 21st book, all with Simon & Schuster, and co-author, Washington Post National political reporter Robert Costa’s first. This is only the second time Woodward has added a co-author.
“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. Robert Costa will remain a national political reporter for Washington Post, on leave, as he is expected to focus primarily on the book during the coming year.
Costa is also the host of Washington Week on PBS. In his three years hosting, he has managed to double the show’s ratings.
Announced on the same day, Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker will be working on a follow-up to their number one New York Times Best Seller, “A Very Stable Genius,” named after President Trump’s own self-aggrandizing quote.
“I’m teaming up again with Carol Leonnig to write a book about President Trump’s final year in office,” said Philip Rucker over Twitter. “We’ll pick up where we left off with ‘A Very Stable Genius.’ I’m thrilled to be working again with the great Ann Godoff and the all-stars at Penguin Press!”
These two books will add to a growing list of titles exploring the era of Trump’s presidency. As Washington Post nonfiction book critic and author of the book on Trump books Carlos Lozada observed in a recent essay, “One of the ironies of our time is that a man who rarely reads has inspired an onslaught of book-length writing about his presidency.”
According to The Hill, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman also announced last month that she would also be working on a new book on Trump’s final months in the office of the President.