- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 2nd edition edition (June 16 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671894412
- ISBN-13: 978-0671894412
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #534,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All the President's Men Paperback – Jun 16 1994
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"The work that brought down a presidency . . . perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history." (Time, All-Time 100 Best Non-Fiction Books)
"Maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time." (Gene Roberts, former managing editor of The New York Times)
"One of the greatest detective stories ever told." (The Denver Post)
"A fast-moving mystery, a whodunit written with ease. . . . A remarkable book." (The New York Times)
"An authentic thriller." (Dan Rather)
"Much more than a 'hot book.' It is splendid reading . . . of enormous value. . . . A very human story." (The New Republic)
About the Author
Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-four years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh.See all Product description
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And then Watergate hit.
At the time of the incident, both men initially believed it was a standard robbery, but as they got involved in the story, they realized there were many more layers not immediately present. The "low-level burgalars" were ultimately connected to the executive branch and the United States intellegence community.
The final verdict in itself remains shocking, but adding to the intensity was the recognition that Nixon intentionally campaigned as the "Law and Order candidate" who would safeguard middle America. The contrast between the private and public personas amplified the scandal more than it otherwise would have been.
If the initial newsroom policy in this book seems antiquated in today's world of regularly investigated political scandals, it is because a series of stories changed everything--for better or worse. After Watergate, the government would be subjected to more critical scrutiny and held accountable by the journalistic community. These two men set in motion a powerful legacy which extends well beyond their inital set of articles.
I had seen the movie before the book, and after reading this classic tome, can verify the pages have the same suspense and intensity (if not more so) as the big-screen counterpart. Even if I knew the plot progression, reading the words of the reporters themselves
The flurry of different names and places can be intimidating, especially to the reader who does not have a lot of prior knowledge about the Watergate scandal. One will probably find oneself frequently flipping to the convenient Cast Of Characters page at the beginning of the book. Bernstein and Woodworth themselves are left rather faceless and I often found myself getting the two of them confused. Their attempts to humanize themselves fall flat almost every time, but that's to be expected; they are reporters, not pulp fiction writers and this is not a made-up story.
This book is recommended for anyone and is quite a page-turner, even for someone with only a passing interest in politics and history. For someone who enjoys mysterious and thrillers, there's nothing better than a good story from real-life. Everyone should read this book, if only for the historical impact that it has had on presidential politics.
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