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All the President's Men

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  43,149 ratings  ·  1,463 reviews
This landmark book details all the events of the biggest political scandal in the history of this nation--Watergate. Woodward and Bernstein kept the headlines coming, delivering revelation after amazing revelation to a shocked public. Black-and-white photograph section.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 24th 2005 by Pocket Books (first published June 5th 1974)
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Re-reading for the 3rd time- I think with what is happening at the moment- it's time. Now there is something to compare what happened what is happening now.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, history, classics
What a great journalistic story and journey. Remains to be utterly shocking. Great book about foul politics.
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, poli-sci
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 facts ce ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Watergate has been in the news recently because of Trump. I realized that I know next to nothing about Watergate. Being woefully ignorant, my husband and I decided to watch the movie. It was wonderful, and I made a beeline to Amazon to order the book afterwards.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Thank God that they pursued the story, always refusing to give up. Not only did Nixon get outed, this story taught people that if something nefarious and wicked is going on I our government, th
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.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Watergate took time. Watergate took time. Watergate took time. -- Mantra for 2018
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
The book that opened my eyes to politics...still relevant and (sadly) still not a lesson learned by our politicians.
Christopher Saunders
It's impossible to overstate the importance of All the President's Men, considering its impact on journalism and political culture and its not-inconsiderable role in turning the public against Richard Nixon. Woodward and Bernstein's book is structured less as a political saga than a detective story, with two intrepid reporters unraveling the Watergate conspiracy at a time when the press and the Beltway are mostly ignoring it. The book's sometimes criticized for this limited, perhaps self-aggrand ...more
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
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
You might ask why I read this book now. After I finished it I asked myself why everyone isn't reading it these days. I had watched the movie, Mark Felt (about the FBI special agent who was known by Bob Woodward only as Deep Throat during the Watergate investigation.) That led me to watch the movie by the same title made from the book All the President's Men. The movie was good but I felt there might be more to know, so I read the book.

In 1970 I had my first son followed by another in 1973. W
“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 ele
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Jan C
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
This was probably the first of many that I read on the Nixon scandal. Actually, I don't know if it was the first.

We knew he was a crook ... we just didn't know how much of one.

How the mighty fall.

I must have read 4-10 books on this subject. I wouldn't touch most of them now. I have put it in the past. And now I won't look at a Nixon movie or book - no matter which point of view it takes. It just gets me riled up all over again.
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 safest guy for ...more
David K. Lemons
When I read this, I had just started my assignment at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission located in the Watergate Building on Virginia Avenue in Washington. I could look out of the window and see Howard Johnson's across the street where much of the action took place. I kept my car in the Watergate garage and every time I parked or left at night, I imagined "the plumbers" at work. Entering the building from the garage, I went through the same door that they taped and entered and w ...more
Ben Kintisch
Jul 17, 2007 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?

BAM The Bibliomaniac
2018 Reading Challenge: book set during the decade I was born
Donna Davis
I came of age during the Watergate era, and I read this book before I was out of high school. This was a jumping off point in American history, a time when the way most Americans looked at their government went from trusting (sometimes with limitations) to cynical. It took tremendous courage to follow this story; the pressure to pull away from it was tremendous, both for the Washington Post, and for its two bloodhound reporters who saw a threat or even a probable attempt on their lives, as provo ...more
Lindsey M
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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. On
Pete daPixie
Apr 18, 2013 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 c
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recently read The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump in which Nixon and the Watergate scandal were mentioned frequently and thought maybe it was finally time to read. What struck me the most was how mild the Watergate scandal seems compared to the ethical mess that is the Trump Presidency. From blatant nepotism, to major financial and ethical dilemas, to on the record and repeated lying, to possible collusion, and likely obstruction. I was also struck by the similarities between the way Nixon's admi ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2017, 2015
Such an important book to read in the current global context.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Surprisingly gripping book. I appreciate the fact that it didn't devolve into anything personal - in fact, it was so anti-personal I had trouble distinguishing between Woodward and Bernstein until I watched the film. Wonderful overview of the first discoveries of Watergate, but I think the sequel will be better.

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Surprisingly gripping book. I appreciate the fact that it didn't devolve into anything personal - in fact, it was so anti-personal I had trouble distinguishing between Woodward and Bernstein until I watched the film. Wonderful overview of the first discoveries of Watergate, but I think the sequel will be better.

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Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
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 Gu
Paul Anheier
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Nixon and his cronies did was obviously bad, but reading about Watergate also made me realize how much more serious today's Russia, obstruction, and money laundering cases are--Nixon's domestic conspiracy will pale in comparison to the *multi-country* grand bargain the current White House has conspired in. Yet, at the same time, the playbook of endless lying, vilifying the media, and putting party over country is nearly identical. Bernstein's account admittedly isn't always a page-turner--c ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a opportune, marvelous story! I feel like I’m living through great uncertainty, shock and Executive Branch crimes far worse the Watergate. Contemporary nefarious, unprepared, unqualified, lower-IQ characters are getting caught, mostly behind the scenes. Trump is no Nixon but I suspect Trump’s criminal nastiness outplays Tricky Dick. I do believe that Mueller can and will subpoena Trump. I pray he questions him under oath as our President vastly overestimates his own abilities, can’t keep hi ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: _reviewed
Here is the classic account of the Watergate scandal, as told by the principal reporters from the Washington Post who broke the story—Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.

In the early 80s, when I first went to college, I briefly enrolled in a journalism class. All the President's Men was one of the textbooks for that class. Woodward and Bernstein were considered living deities of the trade, and many aspiring journalists wanted to emulate their craft.

And for good reason. This book is
Neville Longbottom
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019
4.5 - I’m always down to learn more about investigative journalists stopping at nothing to get the stories about powerful people or organizations. I’d obviously learned about Watergate and Nixon some in school and I’ve seen the movie All the President’s Men multiple times. However, there’s just so much to the Watergate situation that I’m always forgetting the facts and names and how everyone was connected and who knew what.

I think even after reading this I’ll always still get some stuff mixed up,
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such an important story, and it reminded me that unraveling these things takes time and patience.

I will say that because it is written almost in real time of the events happening, it's hard to get a handle on the big picture unless you know where it's headed and what it all means. I would definitely recommend reading a brief overview of Watergate or watching the movie first, because this is very detailed and helps you understand how it all happened, but it doesn't give you th
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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.
“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”
“Deep Throat stamped his foot. 'A conspiracy like this...a conspiracy investigation...the rope has to tighten slowly around everyone's neck. You build convincingly from the outer edges in, you get ten times the evidence you need against the Hunts and the Liddys. They feel hopelessly finished - they may not talk right away, but the grip is on them. Then you move up and do the same thing at the next level. If you shoot too high and miss, the everyone feels more secure. Lawyers work this way. I'm sure smart reporters must, too. You've put the investigation back months. It puts everyone on the defensive - editors, FBI agents, everybody has to go into a crouch after this.'
Woodward swallowed hard. He deserved the lecture.

-- Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward”
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