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All the President's Men

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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 and dark secrets coming - delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports wo ...more
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Published June 16th 1994 by Turtleback Books (first published 1974)
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Julie
Sep 08, 2007 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was truly unbelievable. The entire time I was reading it, I kept reminding myself that this was real history and it all happened. There was so much drama in all the proceedings, and to realize that it’s the select few (in great positions) of the government beneath it all. I completely admire the reporting of these two individuals and their endless dedication to get the facts and the information correct and to the public, as well as keep their sources anonymous - I was in awe and amazem ...more
Dennis
Sep 23, 2010 Dennis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poli-sci, nonfiction
Ma'am, have you got any more than just the facts? This first-hand account of the Washington Post reporting that exposed and ultimately led to the demise of Nixon's administration reads very much like a down and dirty summary of the story notes gathered by two young and very self-assured journalists. This is one instance in which the movie was better than the book. The product is not at all a nuanced or rich historical account, but rather an amalgamation of facts, facts, and more facts. While fac ...more
KatieMc
This was probably the first non-fiction grown-up book I ever read. It's a compelling portrayal of an momentous slice of American history and journalism. This evening I went to an American Cinematheque screening of 1976 film adaptation of All The President's Men. Holy hotness, the camera sure does love Robert Redford.

And Dustin Hoffman with that awesome shaggy look.

This duo had it going on, corduroy suits, big collars and typewriters.

Also, All The President's Men also made Deep Throat a household
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
The book that opened my eyes to politics...still relevant and (sadly) still not a lesson learned by our politicians.
Jamie
Dec 22, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Knew the story and still couldn’t put the book down. The movie barely scratches the surface, as does what I’ve learned about it from other sources. Here’s the full story. Exhaustion, fears, doubts, and all.

And Woodward and Bernstein are reporters, not storytellers. Real life invents its own story, especially in this case, so that’s not a detriment here. But you can see their hand in this book as soon as they start shaping a story out of the facts and it’s endearing how blunt and unembellished i
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Amanda
Jun 30, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
Everyone has a book that means something to them far beyond the words printed on pages. The book obviously must have extraordinary content to keep you so engaged, and because of that, it will probably also be intelligent, well-written, and any other quality you'd attribute to great reading. But when you finish the book, you don't really love it because of what you read; you love it because of how what you read made you feel.

All the President's Men is that book for me. It is, undoubtedly, my favo
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Samanta
Jan 13, 2017 Samanta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I you don't have an extensive background knowledge of this topic (Nixon's presidency, the 1972 elections, who all the president's men actually are), this book might be just a bit too much for you. I felt assaulted by too much data thrown at me in a too fast pace. There were some very interesting parts, and just like a lot of reviews say, it read like a detective thriller, but by the end of it, the story just dragged, and I lost track of who is who, and what is what and whodunit. On the other han ...more
El
I was in high school when Richard Nixon died, but I was young and my interests at that time weren't exceptionally political. My concerns at that time had more to do with Kurt Cobain's death just a few weeks prior. That meant more to me than that Nixon guy. I do remember having breakfast at a friend's house around the time of Nixon's death, and her stepfather having trying to have a conversation with me about it. He was a strange guy, and looking back I'm not sure if he was particularly the safes ...more
The Just-About-Average Ms M
I have watched my DVD of the movie more than half a dozen times and, as much as I enjoy it each time, I have always thought that something was missing, some key bits of information needed to tie it all together.

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 searc
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Lindsey Memory
Apr 18, 2016 Lindsey Memory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spectacular.

Lessons learned from this book:
1. It takes a LOT. OF. People. to run a White House. And a newspaper. This books serves as a great sketch of the procedural sides of being both investigative news journalists and presidential aides.

2. There are very specific things you can and can't write in a newspaper. I don't know if it's true today, but I was impressed by how often Woodward and Bernstein would be rebuffed by their editor and told to find a second source to confirm a fact. One pers
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Pete daPixie
Apr 18, 2013 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-u-s
Here is one of those books that I never caught up with, having seen the Redford/Hoffman movie version. The 40th anniversary of original publication of 'All The President's Men' is almost here, and I finally catch up on Bernstein and Woodward's Pulitzer winner. Not before time, indeed!
If this plot were featured in a fictional storyline, many would be the calls that this tale is as far fetched as crap from China. Ridiculous to believe that such scandalous crimes could be contrived from the centre
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Ben Kintisch
Jul 17, 2007 Ben Kintisch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: politicos/the morally outraged
If everything Bush does makes you queasy, here's a book remedy for your troubled stomach:
Learn all about the skeezy Nixon whitehouse!

Great spytastic scenes with DeepThroat, the best named secret source ever. Makes you wonder...did Woodward and Bernsteing love porn? Does deepthroat the pornstar love politics? And what do we think Bill Clinton thinks about all of this?

Carolien
Nov 09, 2015 Carolien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015, 2017
Such an important book to read in the current global context.
Katherine 黄爱芬
Keuletan, kegigihan dan ketekunan pasti akan membuahkan hasil. Itulah yang dilakukan duo wartawan Washington Post, Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward. Walaupun kepribadian mereka berdua bertolak belakang, sering berselisih pendapat, tetapi tidak menggoyahkan kekuatan tim mereka utk saling bahu-membahu kasus Watergate yang menjadi terkenal karena mengakibatkan impeachment dan pengunduran diri Presiden AS, Richard M. Nixon.

Dimulai dgn ditangkapnya 5 orang dalam pembobolan gedung Partai Demokrat (ri
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Sherri
Apr 19, 2011 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was only a toddler when Watergate happened, and so I grew up hearing about it during history lessons. So, I thought I would have nothing new to learn about Watergate when I read this book at the urging of a friend.

This book is an account of the reporting by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Watergate scandal. I think it would have had more of an impact on me if I read the book at the time it was initially published. However, 35+ years later, my takeaway from the book is perhaps quite dif
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Clare O'Beara
This quintessential tale of investigative journalism is told in third person by the two reporters for the Washington Post who took a minor local break-in item and delved deep into the cellars of the White House. Of course, other publications were on the story and sometimes scooped them but Bernstein and Woodward made a dedicated team and found reliable sources.

The text is full of names, phone calls, visits to homes, checks on allegations, long days and nights, protection of sources, court visits
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Vicki
Feb 21, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was the first hand report of the incredible Watergate break in. The story was confusing and I was not able to appreciate all of what they uncovered until much later. I saw the movie after reading the book and I was able to make more sense of the events after that.

Woodward and Bernstein are reporters and they stumble upon all these loose ends that they are able to successfully put together that eventually led to the bringing down a president and his corrupt associates.

It was an important b
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T.B. Markinson
A fascinating look into American politics and the scandal.
CatBookMom
Still an amazing story. My pb edition from 1975 fell to pieces as I was reading. Ordered another copy, this the 40th anniversary update.

Highly recommended
Christina
Mar 23, 2017 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up out of a sense of depression about our current national politics. I thought I knew the story of Watergate, but it turns out that what I knew barely scratched the surface. The book is tightly written, so tightly that sometimes it seems cursory. The first 50 pages are particularly hard to get a handle on because so many names and job positions are being thrown at the reader in quick succession without much explanation. It may mimic the way Woodward and Bernstein felt when the ...more
Emily Colkitt
This was one of the most incredible reads I have ever experienced. Not lightly do I say this, but I wouldn't hesitate to rank it among my all-time favorite books. It's unlike anything I've read and anything I expected. Here's why.

This is not your average history book. It reads like a political thriller. But even more importantly, this isn't written by a novelist or a historian or a biographer or a scholar; it's written by two top-notch journalists, and it reads like sheer journalism. I love fict
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Patti
Mar 06, 2013 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this is book is often as dry as the dust of Nixon's bones. But you still need to read it for two reasons ~ 1) historical significance and 2) so you can wonder (as I do) what the hell has happened to journalism in this country.

First of all, this book is extremely important in a historical sense. I had the impression that the Washington Post was the only paper on this issue (don't know why I thought that, in retrospect) and they had dropped all of these bombshells all at once that led to Nixo
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CD
Woodward and Bernstein wrote a book in my youth that has spawned far more words in response each year of every decade since its publication than one can hope imagine. My paltry addition to this monument of verbiage will add little beyond adding my public recognition of this works history changing impact.

It is not wrong to look at this book as the beginning of modern journalism in America. Investigative reporting that didn't shy away from hard truths that came near to destroying the nation and le
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Francisca
Jul 30, 2016 Francisca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There would be no point in highlighting a quote or an excerpt from this book.

This book was not about waxing poetry with its prose, making a telling out of a flowy and flowery style. Instead, like all good journalism, this book was all about the raw facts. So, there was nothing more impressive as to how this was written than from whatever story one might find in the latest issue of Reader's Digest. Assuming that magazine is still running—hopefully, it is, right?

Still, it was an enjoyable read.

O
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nanto
Pernah cerita ke Jenderal Hippo bahwa saya punya buku All the President's Men yang edisi terjemahannya. Dia tidak tahu ada yang versi terjemahannya. Oleh karenanya saya unggah ke sini. Inilah buku yang dibincangkan waktu itu. Ternyata lagi...nampaknya buku ini penerbitnya sama dengan A Bridge too Far versi Pesantren itu. Sama lebaynya terutama. liat aja endorsement yang ada di halaman belakang buku ini

"Kisah Misteri - detektip - ditulis secara ringan menjadi buku yang menggoncangkan"
The New York
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Claire
Mar 19, 2007 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is my favorite book.

The first time I read it I was a junior in high school who didn't pay a ton of attention in American History and thus really didn't know how the story was going to end.

I am perfectly willing to admit now what I didn't know then, which is that even Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (who I love with a love that is true and pure) weren't telling the whole Watergate story. They told the part of the story they were in, which is A) necessarily biased and B) not anywhere near th
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Josh
Jan 07, 2010 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected this book to end with Nixon resigning. Instead it ends when the book was published, in early 1974, so everything is sliding downhill fast for Nixon but he's still holding on.

The Watergate story is a blur of names and little pieces of information piling up slowly, which in some ways doesn't make for the best read ever. I kept losing track and asking "who is Magruder again?" But that's also what makes it great. I imagined myself in their shoes halfway through this story. I'm pretty sure
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Cecilia
Completely Amazing!

The bravery of Bernstien and Woodward to pursue this story... the integrity of Mark Felt (AKA Deep Throat) to direct these two young reporters to the clues to help hold an American President accountable for his actions.

I know book was published before the history books told the final story, so I can only imagine the frustration of what every American must have felt when they read the last line of this book! The uneasiness of who is really in charge.

I have two regrets:

1) That I
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David Quinn
Feb 21, 2014 David Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every scandal that gets “gate” annexed to its name is a nod to the most significant political scandal of the 20th century. More than 40 years after the Watergate break-in this is still a fascinating story.

With the decline of print newspapers it’s a history lesson on the way reporters developed their stories. Sometimes the names and facts get a little confusing but ultimately the story comes together very well.

Update: “The Blood Telegram” by Gary J. Bass is an excellent companion to this book.
Amy Sunshine
Jan 16, 2016 Amy Sunshine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy Sunshine by: Stacey Peterson
I'd been meaning to read this book for quite some time. Since it happened in my lifetime (granted I was a child), I felt it was something I should know more about. To be honest, I found the book really hard to follow. There are so many players involved it's really hard to keep track. A timeline with a corresponding chart of who's who would be really helpful. I was also surprised the book ended short of most of the indictments and nixon's resignation. I had to get the rest of the story from wiki.
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Carl Bernstein is an American journalist who, as a reporter for The Washington Post along with Bob Woodward, broke the story of the Watergate break-in and consequently helped bring about the resignation of United States President Richard Nixon. For his role in breaking the scandal, Bernstein received many awards; his work helped earn the Post a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973.
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“To those who will decide if he should be tried for 'high crimes and misdemeanors' -the House of Representatives-
And to those who would sit in judgment at such a trial if the House impeaches -the Senate-
And to the man who would preside at such an impeachment trial -the Chief Justice of the United States, Warren Burger-
And to the nation...
The President said, 'I want you to know that I have no intention whatever of ever walking away from the job that the American people elected me to do for the people of the United States.'

- Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward”
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“June 17, 1972. Nine o'clock Saturday morning. Early for the telephone. Woodward fumbled for the receiver and snapped awake. The city editor of the Washington Post was on the line. Five men had been arrested earlier that morning in a burglary attempt at Democratic headquarters, carrying photographic equipment and electronic gear. Could he come in?” 3 likes
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