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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Adult; First Edition edition (Sept. 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374235309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374235307
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,278,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Readable, fair and not without empathy Sept. 28 2010
By D. K. Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This detailed portrait of one of the longest and ugliest feuds in Washington and its impact on today's politics and media is a page-turner. Feldstein's book is a rematch of sorts featuring two old warriors, and Nixon still comes out looking the worst. But Jack Anderson takes a pretty good beating, too. I thought I knew Anderson's story - and Nixon's. Not entirely, it turns out. "Poisoning the Press" shows a side of Anderson I hadn't seen in the late muckraker's own books. And as far as Nixon goes, Feldstein offers even more reasons to view Nixon as a deeply flawed man brought down by his own moral failings. The conversations that went on in the Oval Office - many are detailed for the first time by the author via the infamous tapes - are chilling because of the setting and the players. (Does anyone still argue that Nixon didn't know what was going on with Watergate and other criminal activities within the White House?) Anderson was never a saint, but I was surprised that he was corruptible, at least in the journalistic sense. In many ways Anderson and Nixon shared the fatal flaw of believing that they were doing right even when they were doing wrong.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Frightening but gripping Jan. 12 2011
By Write Away - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Feldstein's book is a compelling chronicle of two ambitious and flawed men who spent the greater part of their respective careers battling each other. It was a fun read made even more so by the fact that I vaguely remember much of what is discussed (I was a child during the Nixon administration). Seeing so many familiar political names, Nixon operatives who later wound up in the Reagan and Bush II administrations, was disturbing. Dr. Feldstein makes a strong case for the agenda these folks have been following for 40 years and it doesn't reflect well on our democracy.
By the time the reader closes this book he or she is disgusted with both Nixon and Anderson; the former particularly, who comes across as a foul-mouthed borderline psychopath. Anderson is sympathetic until the point that he abandons his objectivity and honesty in a pointless pursuit of Thomas Eagleton. Having completed the book, I would like to find another straight biography of both men, especially Nixon--a strictly historical account, including positive qualities and accomplishments, written by an author who is simply reporting history and not presenting and explaining a theory (well-founded though it may be).
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great book Dec 7 2010
By Kathryn Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a very interesting book about a fascinating time in history. The author has a wonderful writing style. His ability to tell a story kept my interest from page one. He reminded me of many aspects of the Nixon presidency I have long forgotten and provided much I'd never heard before. I highly recommend this book. I had a great time reading it. Thanks Feldstein.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You MUST Read This Book April 8 2011
By Jorge Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was born during the second Nixon presidency (1973) and I was always interested in the Watergate scandal. Turns out that this was just the tip of the corruption iceberg and it makes you wonder, how much have Washington politics changed since then? However, the focus of the book is Mr. Jack Anderson, a new hero of mine. If we had at least a fistful of journalists with a fraction of this guy's tenacity, cleverness and courage, the People would count on really being INFORMED. Corrupt politicians and business men feared Anderson and such fear was healthy because, if it did not keep them entirely honest, it set some boundaries. In my native Puerto Rico, we have had a number of political corruption scandals during the past few years and an Anderson-type figure is sorely needed.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Should be required reading Oct. 16 2010
By Margaret - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The names, the places, the incidents were all in the wind during the 60's and 70's. Feldstein's book makes it all real in a way it was not when this young person lived through it. It is an amazing story which painfully focuses the reality of today's media vs. government mentality. The sad legacy of the Nixon years is our virtually complete distrust of our government. An excellent, necessary book.