- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476770514
- ISBN-13: 978-1476770512
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Carl Bernstein is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine and has written for a variety of publications. He is the author of Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir, and has coauthored His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time with Marco Politi, as well as All the President's Men and The Final Days with Bob Woodward.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, duh! The book has it all. Not in the tidy, linear progression from the morning after the Watergate break-in through the last explosive story clearly implicating Tricky Dick as in the movie, but rather the more realistic slice-of-life, back and forth and all around movements in search of tips, confirmations, just one more corroborating source so that day's story could be written and printed. Here we see the amazing scoops, the missed targets, dead-end ideas, leaps of faith, and more important, the dogged determination to know the larger story in all its awful complexity and sleazy criminality, using methods necessary in those pre-Gooogle days that would exhaust even the most robust investigative reported today.
The authors write like reporters---no purple prose, no unnecessary verbiage, few if any adjectives and adverbs, in a spare style that would please Sergeant Joe Friday and his predilection for "Just the facts, ma'am." The authors share their successes, and there were many, in a restrained manner just this side of "Aw, shucks," and do not shy away from their faults and close brushes with disaster because they made rookie reporter mistakes or tried pushing a particular envelope not only too far but almost off the table.
An excellent tale that, despite the obvious indices of "the way things were back in the day," still resonates today. Perhaps especially today.
All the Presidents Men is an unorthodox book in that its not the definitive story of Watergate, rather the tale of how Woodward and Bernstein got at the story of Watergate. Yet, through all their efforts, one arrives at a version of Watergate. (If that makes sense.) We meet the power-hungry villains and the good men who got caught up in the scandal and the reader is taken on a 350 page thrill ride, which is really hard to do when one knows the outcome of Watergate. I as a reader was sitting there on the edge of my seat wondering “Is this the moment it all falls apart for these guys”?
Does one get the absolute truth from All the Presidents Men? Probably not, but it may be closest we come depending on how much weight and credibility one gives the memoirs of Nixon officials.
Written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two Washington Post reporters whose reporting on Watergate were instrumental in ending the corrupt presidency of Richard Nixon, “All the President’s Men” is a third-person memoir of how “Woodstein” uncovered and reported the various aspects of what became known as “the Watergate Affair.”
In the space of less than 400 pages, “All the President’s Men” chronicles in great detail what happened, who was involved, and what the repercussions of the Watergate scandal were. Most of the main characters – Richard Nixon, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, G. Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt, Charles Colson – and a host of other characters (“Deep Throat,” “The Bookkeeper,” Hugh Sloan, Donald Segretti, Jeb Magruder, and others – are brought to light in this book.
Woodward and Bernstein write about all of this in the context of how they investigated and reported the crimes of Watergate. Consequently, their editors at the Washington Post – Ben Bradlee, Harry Rosenfeld, and Howard Simons chief among them – receive great credit for the manner in which they continually supported “Woodstein,” despite fierce criticism from the Nixon Administration.
Overall, I enjoyed “All the President’s Men” tremendously. It’s an informative and entertaining read, and should not be missed. Highly recommended.