The 34th Annual McFadden Memorial Lecture featuring Bob Woodward was held Friday, March 11th, 2011, 7:00 pm at North Central High School.

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

About Bob Woodward

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Bob Woodward presented the 2011 McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the North Central High School Auditorium, 1801 E. 86th Street. The lecture, presented by the IMCPL Foundation, was free and open to the public.

Named one of the best investigative reporters in America by the New York Times, Woodward has been a reporter and editor at The Washington Post since 1971. The author or co-author of 10 New York Times #1 bestsellers, his most recent book, Obama's Wars, is considered the most intimate and sweeping portrait of Obama's critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan, and the worldwide fight against terrorism. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes, and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Obama's Wars offers an original, you-are-there account of Obama and his team in this time of turmoil and uncertainty.

Woodward joined The Washington Post in 1971 from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Sentinel, where he had been a reporter. In 1979, Woodward became assistant managing editor of Metropolitan News before assuming his current position in 1982. Previously, he served as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy.

About Bob Woodward

Woodward first rose to prominence in American journalism when he teamed with Carl Bernstein at the Post to investigate the burglary at the Watergate office building. The Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for their reporting of the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration.

Woodward's 2006 bestseller, State of Denial, takes a critical look at the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq. The book debuted as the #1 bestseller in its first week on the shelves. Bush at War focused on the three months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, during which the U.S. prepared for war in Afghanistan, took steps toward a preemptive strike against Iraq, intensified homeland defense, and began a well-funded C.I.A. covert war against terrorism around the world.

His follow up bestseller, Plan of Attack, picks up where his previous book left off. Creating an astonishingly intimate portrait of the key players in the Bush Administration, Woodward has written the definitive account of the Administration's decision to go to war in Iraq and the efforts that followed to deal with the conflict. The narrative is classic Woodward: using his inside access to the major players, he offers a nearly day-by-day account of the decision-making processes and power battles behind the headlines.

Woodward is the only contemporary American writer to author or co-author nine #1 bestselling non-fiction books. These books include: All the President's Men and The Final Days, both co-authored with Carl Bernstein; and The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court, co-authored with former staff writer Scott Armstrong. Other books include Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, a book about comedian John Belushi and drugs in Hollywood; Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA; The Commanders; The Man Who Would Be President: Dan Quayle; and The Agenda: Inside The Clinton White House. In 1996, Woodward gave us one of the first inside accounts of the presidential campaigns of President Clinton and Senator Bob Dole in The Choice.

In a presentation based on Plan of Attack and the interviews he conducted with hundreds of sources for Obama's Wars, Woodward offers audiences an unparalleled look at the behind-the-scenes debate, decisions and potential consequences of U.S. policies in Iraq and the war on terror.

A native of Wheaten, Illinois, Woodward received his bachelor's degree in English and history from Yale University in 1965.

Books by Bob Woodward


Interview with Bob Woodward

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward discusses his book, "Obama's Wars" with Jon Barnes of the Indianapolis Public Library's Communications Department. Woodward was in Indianapolis to deliver the IndyPL Foundation's annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on March 11, 2011.

Photos of Bob Woodward

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