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All the President's Men

di Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein

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THIS IS THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing with headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward kept the tale of conspiracy and the trail of dirty tricks coming -- delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Washington Post" and toppled the President. THESE ARE THE AUTHORS WHO INTRODUCED US TO THE WORDS "DEEP THROAT."… (altro)
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I think it's pretty clear by this point that I love books like this, ones that focus on very in-depth journalism into one issue and this is probably the most well known of those stories. I really enjoyed reading this. Yes, it can be a little dry at parts but the magnitude of the story really made me want to keep reading.


I saw the movie version of this a few years ago. I think that's a really good movie but it just can't completely demonstrate just how much was going on in this story. I think sometimes this story gets turned into just a story about journalists meeting with secret sources in parking garages and while it is that, it also is a story that started with just a couple of guys and some suspicious checks and it could have easily ended right there. The amount of work and persistence that went into this is truly astounding. The cover of my edition describes this as the greatest reporting story of all time and I wouldn't argue with that. The legwork that Woodward and Bernstein did is commendable and something I bet so many journalists today admire and try to model. I wasn't alive when this story was breaking but I would think that this tale of excellent journalism inspired many people to pursue this profession.


I'm sure there aren't that many people who haven't read this book or at least seen the movie. If you were like me, I absolutely do recommend reading this book. It really is remarkable how large a story this was and how much was uncovered after starting with so little information. Definitely worth a read. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
Style wise this read simply (except for the myriad of names and sources that were hard to keep straight) like a newspaper article. No descriptions. No fluff.

There are many things to be learned to be learned from this book. Among my favorites...

1. "Fake News" is not a new accusation. It has been touted by authority figures before.
2. There was a time when authority figures were largely trusted. Myself, being raised in my time, was quite willing to go straight to the top with my mental suspicion (and this from someone who vaguely remembering the movie thought he was framed). But Bernstein and Woodward, suspicious as they were, never went that far until it got that far. Trust, once broken, is often irreparable.
3. Admission of wrongdoing enables more trust than covering up wrongdoing.
4. Ultimately everyone at some point must ask and answer for themselves the following question: Is it ethical to use unethical means to help a "good"** cause suceed?
5. This is something I would highly recommend as a must read list for anyone considering running for president. Except I worry that the message they would take away would be "Don't get caught." I prefer the lesson "It's kinda impossible to hide illegal and immoral conduct for very long." Just ask Nixon who, most recently, was spoofed in a Dr. Who episode.
6. At what point do we forgive Nixon? I don't know. Which leads to...
7. When do we forgive Clinton? Are bullies in any form, blustering, silent, or suave, worth remembering with any degree of honor for time served? And..
8. Are we so desensitized to this sort of dirty play that it just doesn't matter any more? (aka whatever is happening with Russians, Mueller, etc).
9. and let's not let the media off the hook either. I feel like Bernstein and Woodward wanted stories that didn't confirm previous personal bias. Nowadays I'm not really ever sure that personal bias doesn't enter into it (See Simon Sinek).

* Let the record show I thought it was rather sad that expletives were scattered throughout this book, yet there was a time when a direct source uttered a swear and the writers covered up that one word by saying they wouldn't want to darken our ears with that word. It included every possible word and those, mostly, could have been omitted.

** and what really is a good cause? I'm not sure this qualifies, Mr. Nixon. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
First read this in 1975 as a required book in a class, of course, at that time, I really did not "get it"-Now 40 years later it is riveting....enjoying every second. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Richard Nixon to resign from his post.
(source: TMDb)
  aptrvideo | Apr 8, 2021 |
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  Murtra | Sep 12, 2020 |
The best insight into how they [the USA] are governed.
aggiunto da Cynfelyn | modificaThe Guardian, Jon Snow (Nov 19, 1999)
 
It is a work barren of ideas, of imagination, and of a sense of either the tragic or the comic aspects of the subject, and one that would be essentially boring if it were not for the historical importance of the events dealt with. The reportorial techniques employed by Bernstein and Woodward differ hardly at all from those that might be used by a pair of reporters examining the misdeeds of small-town grafters, and while this is not in itself a failing—small fish and large ones are caught by the same means—the lack of a sense of history diminishes the magnitude of the story. But this account will be indispensable to those who for one reason or another have not kept up with the running accounts of events and to those who will someday place it in its proper historical setting.
 
The suspense in “All the President's Men” is more pervasive and finally more terrifying than a suspense story which holds its readers shivering in the darkness of graveyards and gothic castles because the setting is sunny Washington, D.C., a familiar place suddenly made unfamiliar by the presence of overwhelming fear. Disaffected C.R.P.. employes trembling in their doorways, wanting to be helpful but afraid of the consequences, plead with the sleuths never to call again. “Nobody knows what they'll do,” one employe said. “They are desperate.” Who are they?...
aggiunto da Lemeritus | modificaNew York Times, Doris Kearns (sito a pagamento) (Jun 9, 1974)
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Bob Woodwardautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Bernstein, Carlautore principaletutte le edizioniconfermato
Cowen, ClaudineTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Poe, RichardNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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June 17, 1972. Nine o'clock Saturday morning. Early for the telephone. Woodward fumbled for the receiver and snapped awake.
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THIS IS THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing with headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward kept the tale of conspiracy and the trail of dirty tricks coming -- delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Washington Post" and toppled the President. THESE ARE THE AUTHORS WHO INTRODUCED US TO THE WORDS "DEEP THROAT."

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