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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 number one internationally best-selling 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 listeners 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 listeners of Woodward’s coverage, with Carl Bernstein, of President Richard M. Nixon’s final days. 

©2021 Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Clear Portrait of Chaotic Presidential Transition

Easy to follow story-telling that paints a clear picture of what was going on behind the scenes with DJT and JB, and what those closest to them said. A good listen about one of the most dangerous times for the American republic.

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Not Exactly Ground Breaking

It feels like this book was written to satisfy a contractual obligation not because it really has anything new or important to say. The meaningful new information in this book has already been revealed in detail in the media, and the remainder of the book is a somewhat discombobulated telling of the same information that has already been put on the record in previously released books like I Alone Can Fix It; Landslide; Frankly, We Did Win this Election; Battle for the Soul; Nightmare Scenario; and Plague Year. If you have not read the other recent books covering this period, Peril is an okay read, but if you are looking for a more in depth review of the events during this period of time, I would recommend going with one of the other previously mentioned options.

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Had me laughing a lot

I started this yesterday and I just finished. The reader was excellent. I highly recommend Peril. For those of us that never want to vote for 45. It’s eye opening. Great writing. Thank you

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Same information, regurgitated again, nothing new

I was hoping for a objective look at both parties instead what I got was more of the narrative today's democrats and their Media cronies want me to believe. For an independent thinker who reads lots of information (from both sides of the isle) before making any judgement or drawing conclusions this book is a huge disappointment.
The narrator did a fantastic job reading and has a good voice for this subject matter. No part of my disappointment is because of the narrator.
I had, in the past, read some of Bob Woodward's writing on the Nixon presidency and his demise. It didn't appear to me that he was feeding me a narrative on any of that. So I was expecting similar objective writing here, but that isn't the case.
Save your money or credit and buy something else, anything else!

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Read Landslide not Peril

Very little new, (except what was already revealed about General Milley) or interesting. Almost just a narrative of what we already knew, but less. Big disappointment. Read Landslide, a much better and more interesting book.

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Some new info, mostly unhinged 45 antics!

I think it’s worth the read or listen. Extra information that is now out there for more to know. Researched with transcripts and interviews of many of 45’s people that need jobs & money now.
As a veteran, what bothers me is how 45 is ready to spill American blood in the streets of America using the 82nd Airborne.
There would have been a huge mess had this happened. You would have had the military “hardcore,” and the military that realizes these are my friends, family, and fellow Americans that they would have been told to fire at. It would have shown weakness in the military, because many would not have done it!Considering it an “illegal order,” Constitutionally correct! It’s hard for me to believe the American military would open fire on fellow Americans. As for me, no way I would open fire on protestors or marchers based on the “nut job” antics of a “consistently lying crazy” administration. That’s their fault, and their weakness. The inability to be truthful in any situation. The American people were and are still tired of the DJT BS!
As for January 6th and what I and millions of Americans watched on TV, truly maybe the most horrific day in Democracy history. In my opinion, the lies spread are the multiple misnomers of a “madman!”

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waste of money

Peril was not the expose I thought it would be; it mostly "revealed" public knowledge with snippets of internal exchanges that presented Joe Biden as a gallant, well meaning, determined but flawed superhero expected balanced criticism of both former and current presidents. I voted for Biden, but this biased drivel was hard to listen to.

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Excellent

Very well written and researched like all of his books. truly terrifying how close we canme to losing our American way of life.....again.

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Phenomenal reporting

A great read, the details in this book are astounding. Seeing this moment in time from so many important perspectives, I am astounded at what hasn't been seen or said about what happened during the Trump disaster.

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Don’t look for 1/6 details here.

I was looking forward to this book because I had thought we would get a deeper dive into the planning of 1/6, but I got pretty much what every other book had delivered: not much more than I already knew.

Did Woodward & Costa hold out on us? Are sources keeping mum out of fear of prosecution? Readers want to know, and this book willfully dropped the ball.

In comparison, FEAR and RAGE were much better than this.

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