Washington Post associate editor and Watergate legend Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa have teamed up to author “Peril,” which takes readers deep inside the Trump and Biden administrations and the transition between the two. Having interviewed over 200 insiders, Woodward and Costa discuss what they consider to be one of the most dangerous periods in American history.


In “Peril,” Bob Woodward and Robert Costa reveal that after the Jan. 6 insurrection Gen. Mark Milley was so fearful President Trump might spark war that he called to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, to assure him that the United States would not strike. “What we found and what really surprised us is that this was a national security emergency. That Chairman Milley…was very alarmed....It’s a very alarming moment for the country.” (Washington Post Live)
Robert Costa, co-author of “Peril,” says there was tension in former Vice President Mike Pence’s inner circle that he wasn’t “more angry” about what happened on Jan. 6 at the Capitol and “more willing or eager to move against Trump.” (Washington Post Live)
“Peril” co-author Bob Woodward says former president Donald Trump clearly plans to run for president again. “Our reporting shows clearly that he plans to….It’s pretty clear that is the intent.” (Washington Post Live)
Robert Costa, co-author of “Peril,” says President Biden is having trouble navigating the divisiveness in the country. “We learned in this book, whether it’s Afghanistan or right now with his major spending packages on the rocks,…he’s struggling to navigate a deeply divided country and a deeply divided Congress.” (Washington Post Live)

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post where he has worked for 50 years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his Watergate coverage and the other for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored 20 national bestselling books, 14 of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers.

Robert Costa

Robert Costa is a national political reporter at The Washington Post, where he has worked since 2014. He previously served as moderator and managing editor of Washington Week on PBS and as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge. He is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.