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The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate Paperback – December 3, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0983114000 ISBN-10: 0983114005 Edition: 0004-

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Catapulter Books; 0004- edition (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983114005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983114000
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Collins on December 30, 2012
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Anyone who knows anything about American history probably knows at least a few things about Watergate. What was famously waived off as a "third-rate burglary" would later lead to the first and only resignation of a U.S. President. In The Great Coverup, author Barry Sussman describes the entire course of events from the burglaries, court proceedings, the Senate hearings, right to the end.

What would become known as the Watergate Scandal started in June 1972 when some operatives working under the direction of the White House broke in to the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C. When the burglars were caught and arrested, leaders at the White House, including President Nixon, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and John Dean, plus those working at the President's re-election committee, began orchestrating a cover-up. From there, attempts were made to use "hush money" to prevent the burglars from talking about their connections to the White House. As time went on and more evidence of possible malfeasance cropped up, the cover-up only continued to get bigger. It was not long after Nixon's landslide victory in the 1972 presidential election that things started really heating up.

The Washington Post had continued to publish articles throughout the whole affair helping to keep the scandal in the public eye. Sussman himself worked at the Post and he includes some interesting information about how reporters and others at the Post reacted to the news. The Nixon Administration, and some Republican surrogates, continued to criticize the Post for what they said was partisan attacks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EM in NC on March 25, 2014
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I remember the Watergate coverage but, at the time, was a teenager and could understand neither the chain of events nor the larger issues at play. Since then I've read a few Watergate books, each good in its own way. But I rank The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate as the most complete and compelling from page 1 to the end. Reading Sussman's narrative account, I learned how complicit, at least for the first year or so, Congress was in trying to sweep the Nixon administration's shenanigans under the rug. There are so many intriguing personalities: Sam Ervin, Wright Patman (who apparently realized before most people the level of corruption in the Nixon operation), Alexander Butterfield, to name only a few. Unless you're a Nixon apologist, you will likely enjoy this book immensely!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steven shembarger on June 15, 2013
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A truly detailed account of a dark period in American political history, written in a way that is easily read and absorbed and one that one will keep you interested from start to finish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison Greene on April 23, 2013
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This is a wonderful read that peels back the confusing layers of coverup known as Watergate. Sussman was in the eye of the storm and shares it with clear writing, interesting observations and does a great job bringing this event to life. BRAVO
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John B on November 20, 2012
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The best thing about this book is that it was written by a Washington Post reporter shortly after the actual events. I found it engaging and fascinating. There were a few parts where it got a little too detailed but I just skimmed past those parts.
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