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Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward attend the screening of 'All The President's Men' at the Tribeca Cinemas on July 19, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward attend the screening of 'All The President's Men' at the Tribeca Cinemas on July 19, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

One day in early 2007, Bob Woodward poked his head into my office. He and his wife, Elsa, had been out for dinner the night before with Ben Bradlee and his wife, Sally Quinn. Bradlee had written a memoir in 1995, but he had another book left on his contract, and he and Sally were looking for somebody to help them out. "I told them they should hire you," Bob said.

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