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All the President's Men

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The most devastating political detective story of the century: the inside account of the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, now with a 40th anniversary Afterword on the legacies of Watergate and Richard Nixon.

This is the book that changed America. Published just months before President Nixon’s resignation, All the President’s Men revealed the f
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1974)
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Apr 06, 2008 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
Jun 23, 2015 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
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
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
Jan 12, 2015 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
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
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
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
Pete daPixie
Apr 21, 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
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
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?

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
Lindsey Memory
Nov 21, 2016 Lindsey Memory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
May 31, 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
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"
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Jan 14, 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
Jan 30, 2009 e.a. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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
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
Aug 13, 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.

Mar 21, 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
May 16, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2009 Margie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kay-graham, politics
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
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
David Quinn
Aug 23, 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
Nov 02, 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.
Mar 29, 2011 Tris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Max Donahue
I really liked this book, but it was a complicated book to read. Very enjoyable and informative, but it required a lot of outside research to understand the plot points. I love this time period of American History, and the book gave a great overview of the Watergate scandal- it was just a rough book to read through confusing characters and aspects of plot.
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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”
“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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