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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470168811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470168813
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this double career biography, Shepard takes one of the most famous and influential episodes in twentieth-century journalism and shows how it affected the lives of the two Washington Post reporters who gave it life, chronicling the lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein from their pre-Post days to the present. Using a plethora of interviews with all the leading characters, as well as newly-unearthed archives, Shepard picks up where Woodward and Bernstein's All the President's Men leaves off, filling in the parts of the story that have been obscured by that title's massive popularity-"many have misread their fascinating story as being the only story"-and providing welcome context through vivid cultural snapshots. Shepard shows how the long shadow of their first book and its blockbuster film adaptation led to the duo's 1977 breakup, and how it haunted the rocky solo careers pursued by each. Separating the men from the myth, journalism professor Shepard provides an insightful, highly readable study for fans of journalism, U.S. politics and the work of "Woodstein."
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From The New Yorker

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will always be famous for their part in untangling the Watergate scandal. Shepard, though, is far more interested in what happened afterward, and in examining the uneasy rewards of early success. Her prose can be clichéd, but her biographical curiosity is large; she seems to have interviewed almost everyone with a connection to her subjects. Other journalists played important roles in ending the Nixon Presidency, Shepard notes, but it was the film version of "All the President's Men," a retelling that left several colleagues feeling slighted, that enshrined "Woodstein" in "fame and glory." When the pair sold their papers to the University of Texas, for about five million dollars, one observer noted that they had become "as much a part of the story of Watergate and historical record as any of the people they reported on."
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Read it and be amazed that it happened.
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Watergate is only the preamble; what happened afterward to Woodward and Bernstein is equally interesting.
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This book is compelling and a great read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Engel on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a terrific explanation of the Kismet that brought Woodward and Bernstein together with the fortunate, and rare, backing of a committed publisher to chronicle truth in the midst of near-battlefield conditions. Read it and be amazed that it happened. Read it and be proud of journalism, many members of Congress, our courts and citizens reading, watching, and caring that our government, not politics, carried the day. It's so interestingly written that it shoved aside all the rest of the books on my "must read" pile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Brew on November 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate is more than a retelling of journalism's greatest hour. It's an elegy to the day when everyone read the daily paper and what appeared on page 1 mattered hugely. Watergate is only the preamble; what happened afterward to Woodward and Bernstein is equally interesting. This is a great read for anyone who cares about journalism or national affairs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John DeDakis on December 10, 2006
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Alicia C. Shepard has written what should become the definitive biography of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Her book is scholarly without being pedantic and revelatory without being salacious. She skillfully shows how Watergate affected not only history, but journalism, and the lives of the two young men who doggedly pursued the truth. This book is must reading for anyone who wants to become a journalist, or who cares about what journalists do.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Garner Cash on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Alicia Shepard's navigation of the Watergate archives has produced a page-turning narrative of what is clearly the seminal adventure in American journalism. The interviews are broad and deep, the files meticulously researched and reported, all written with a reader's eye to what's important, what's fascinating and what's alluringly tawdry.

Shepard breathed life into the book drawing upon her own newsroom experience. Her college classroom experience informed and sharpened the sociological significance of Woodward's and Bernstein's contributions. And her generational geography gave it context.

It's a great history book - and a great read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PunditMom on December 4, 2006
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As a Watergate junkie, I thought I had read everything I needed to about these events. But this is a wonderful and entertaining read about the "Woodstein" back story -- how did the fame and attention they received from their Watergate stories impact the rest of their lives? This book is compelling and a great read!
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By thom willard on April 3, 2014
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Haven't read it yet, will soon, just find this subject really interesting, and wil add it ot my own personal library, thanks.
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This is a well written book about the two men most widely identified with bringing Nixon down. This is not how they would describe themselves, of course, but the fact remains that without their doggedness Nixon would probably have skated through this mess of his own making. The author does get a bit redundant at times, which is an affliction most history books seem to suffer from, but that's a minor nit. I did find it interesting that Robert Redford had envisioned a movie about these two from the very beginning, even before any momentum to open hearings had begun. His instinct was good; his influence changed the direction the book they were writing, All the President's Men, from an account of the Watergate scandal itself to an account of the investigative journalism required to unearth the details of the scandal. I would have liked to hear more about Woodward's unfortunate decisions to justify the Bush Gang's crimes by writing books about his criminality, but for some reason the author was largely silent about that. Indeed, if anything, she should be criticized for not going into enough detail on the criticisms Woodward has generated over not only his Bush books but also the Belushi bio, Wired. Still, I recommend this as a quick enjoyable read for anyone interested in another side of celebrity, the kind people used to become because they DID something important rather than being someone cute or outrageous. I know, how old fashioned.
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