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All the President's Men

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  24,013 ratings  ·  629 reviews
THE PORTRAIT OF A PRESIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATIONBeginning 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...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1974)
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Julie
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
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...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
Pete daPixie
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...more
Sherri

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...more
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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Ben Kintisch
Jul 17, 2007 Ben Kintisch rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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?

e.a.
Somewhat clunky writing (they're reporters, ok?) and a shit-ton of names to remember weight this one down, but eventually you get so wrapped up on trying to figure out just how anyone every actually thought they'd get away with this, that it doesn't really matter.

I would, however, recommend the movie before the book. Zing!
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...more
Patti
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...more
Claire
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...more
Joe
This is not so much the story of the Watergate mess, as the story of the story of the Watergate mess. It is a third person account of the adventures of the Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who won a Pulitzer prize for their investigation and reportage which broke the scandal wide open, as they wade through the facts and rumors of what proved to be the most explosive corruption crisis of 20th century American politics, bringing down a Presidency, and sending many of of Nixon's c...more
Josh
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...more
Margie
I like that they wrote the book in the third person; it would have been difficult to read, I think, if the perspective kept changing from Woodward to Bernstein.

It's a whole lot of story, and no matter what, it's difficult to keep track of the characters. But they managed to keep the story flowing along well enough that the immense cast doesn't become overwhelming.

I was a bit put off by the fact that they rushed this to publication before everything was over (and in fact while the Guild was on s...more
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...more
Helen
I read this book when I was thirteen. Bad idea. I had only the remotest idea of what was at stake, and what Richard Nixon did that was so wrong. But it did have the effect of making me fall permanently in love with the power of journalism.
Tris
I was 9 when Nixon's flunkies broke into the DNC headquarters at the Watergate, and what I remember most from the time period is that all the freaking hearings on TV made it impossible for me to keep up with the Bradys and the Partridges. Very interesting and somewhat depressing reading, although it seems like pretty small potatoes compared to the shenanigans of Reagan and everyone since. I should mention that it is difficult to read this book (if you've seen the movie) without thinking of Woodw...more
Mike (the Paladin)
If you aren't familiar with this, well wow.

Read this years ago....

Handled as a news investigation, a little pompous and self congratulatory but an interesting investigation of a very sad occurrence. A book that (and of course the news paper stories that led to the book) regardless of how much journalism and how much entertainment is here, made big ripples in it's time. Whether it's as authoritative as assumed or not (and most facts were accurate, even if there was a bit of spin)it has a place in...more
Adobe
You know the drill: a break-in at the Democratic National Committee office in the Watergate complex led to the collapse of Richard Nixon's presidential administration, largely thanks to the efforts of intrepid reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

What I liked about All the President's Men was how Bernstein and Woodward peel back the tight factual skin of newspaper reporting to reveal their own screw-ups and the humanity of their opponents. They repeatedly record that queasy moment when a j...more
Frank Hickey



This is a vitally important book.

That may sound dry.

So, let me re-phrase it.

This book tells of two reporters. One was 29 and the other 31,

if memory serves.

One, Woodward, had only been a reporter for about two years.

Together, they stumbled on a routine story about a burglary.

The trail led to the Nixon White House.

Politicians denied.

Advertisers withdrew their ads from the Washington Post, to

distance themselves from these reporters.

The White House ordered the acting FBI Director to burn e...more
David Quinn
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.
Travelin
Sorry friends, I can't remember the contents of this one much. I do remember that Ben Stein, the boring teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, was a young economist in Nixon's Whitehouse and is described as crying uncontrollably because Nixon is such a "great president".

I also had a book signed by Bob Woodward many years ago. He is a man who knows how to politic and, based strictly on the number of books he produces, seems to keep getting stories from inside the halls of power.
Paul Juma
Politics.

All the presidents men sounds like All the Kings men by Robert Pen Warren.
The books are very different though.
All the presidents men is a non-fiction novel about the Watergate scandal.
Most people are familiar with the scandal and will therefore not be interested in the book.

When reading the book, one realizes that he/she has read the whole thing after reading the first fifty pages or less. The rest, is only confirmation of what information the authors have. Am not to trying to discourag...more
Kennyo
When Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency I was in the Navy overseas. We went to DEFCON 2 (defense condition 2, the second highest state of readiness). It was serious.

At the time we'd been reading and hearing "Watergate" endlessly in the news for two years, though it surely felt longer. How Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and Ben Bradlee persisted through that ordeal is legendary. Theirs was by no means the only coverage of the Watergate scandal but it was the most original, the most comprehen...more
K
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...more
Patricia
I listened to an audiobook version of All the President's men after hearing an NPR program on the 30th anniversary of the book. I was fascinated by one line in the program which had to do with how Bernstein and Woodward had never met Nixon and yet this book was in some ways a portrait of the man. I'm working a biography of a man who has died and I thought reading this book would be a good way to study how they presented a portrait without knowing or ever even interviewing the man. Of course, it'...more
Jim
Reading this book 40 years after Watergate (and decades after seeing the movie) was a different experience. For one thing, now we know that Woodward's confidential source, Deep Throat, was FBI official Mark Felt. But reading this book refreshed my memory (as a kid I came home from school to watch the Senate Watergate hearings on TV) of the chronology of events.

Woodward & Bernstein refer to themselves in the third person, maybe so you don't know who wrote which parts of the book, which seemed...more
Krysta
Disclosure: I skimmed through the middle portion of the book.

This was an interesting book. My desire to read about politics for fun is almost non-existent but this was the choice for book club this month so I tried to give it a fair chance. To be frank, it was difficult for me to get into because of the sheer number of names being thrown about. As the book goes on and the reader becomes familiar with the situations it is easier to keep people straight, but for me this still hampered readability...more
Art
We know how the story begins and ends. This book tells what happened from the perspective of Woodward and Bernstein. They broke the case and developed one significant lead after another, beginning on the inside of The Washington Post, then running on Page One. They received a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting.

If you like good and careful journalism, then you will enjoy this book, which details the efforts taken to chase every lead. For example, a secretary moved to Milwaukee after working as a...more
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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-
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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.'

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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?” 2 likes
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