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Gerald Gardner's The Watergate Follies: Who's in charge here? Paperback – 1973


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006W1RAE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By AnneM on February 22, 2013
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I was away at band camp when Nixon resigned. I bought this book while I was at camp in Bemidji MN and thought it was very funny. When I got home and found out Nixon had resigned, I was shocked. After all these years, I still think it is very funny and it is nice to locate this book.
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Gerald -- who? Gerald Gardner, that's who. Decades before Ceiling Cat created teh Intertoobz (and did not eated it), Gerald Gardner was publishing books of what we, in our sophisticated, technological, modern era, know as "LOL"s. If he did not actually invent the original idea of attaching a witty caption to a photograph or painting, he certainly popularized it. With a series commencing with "Who's In Charge Here?", a LOLing look at the politics of the Kennedy era, he LOL'd through Kennedys, Johnsons, Nixons, and Reagans.

The main difficulty for the modern reader is that this, as the other books, are so very topical. Many once-obvious references are now obscure, and identification of then-famous personalities is now a question of internet research rather than tonight's Huntley and Brinkley report. (Gotcha, huh?!?)

This particular book, "The Watergate Follies," obviously is a humorous look at that unhappy episode of Richard Nixon's presidency.
Much of the humor still works even without knowing precisely who some of the characters are; some of it just does not. Example: Photo-- two grim looking men. One is saying, "I think we should deal with this openly and honestly. Burn it." OK. I think evenj with no context, it's a smile. Knowing it's Nixon saying it -- well, even bigger chuckle. Vice President Spiro Agnew makes frequent appearances; he is nearly forgotten today, so it is understandable the average reader might not recognize him. However, repeated appearances behind a big seal "Vice President of the United States," and the clever reader will figure it out. Or this: Nixon on stage, hands out, appealing, sincere look on his face. "Are you going to believe me or the facts?" See, that works even if all you know is that it is some politician.

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