Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “All the President's Men” as Want to Read:
All the President's Men
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

All the President's Men

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  35,192 Ratings  ·  1,071 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 1974)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details




(Roubley dosh for a flag and a country?)


Mr Projectionist has the film reeled up, ready to go, for tonight's delectation. The political antics of the last year or so makes this a good time for a re-visit to the Saturday Night Massacre et al. Maybe there will be clues as to how this present scenario will work out.


The Rachel Maddow Show: 'The echo of Watergate is very strong here': Senator Whitehouse

Morning Joe: Echoes of Watergate in the Trump administration
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: 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
Andrei Tamaş
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romanul de investigaţie al celor doi reporteri de la Washington Post, Carl Bernstein şi Bob Woordward, publicat în Statele Unite în 1974, a netezit spectrul cu care trebuie privită, la modul abstract, politica.
Afacerea Watergate este cu desăvârşire cea mai mare problema de politică internă cu care s-au confruntat Statele Unite până în prezent. Pilonul democraţiei şi idealul "lumii noi" la care au visat iluminiştii secolului al XVIII-lea tindea să se spulbere, în spatele cortinei, la începutul c
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
The book that opened my eyes to politics...still relevant and (sadly) still not a lesson learned by our politicians.
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
Dec 22, 2014 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
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 the broad stro
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 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
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?

Lindsey Memory
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. One pers
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 centre
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
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
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Many years ago (MANY years!), I was visiting my grandmother in Boston. She took me to see this movie, and I immediately got her to buy me the book. I was fourteen years old at the time, and was thoroughly gripped by this book. I think that says a lot for the book, because up until that point I had never read anything political.
T.B. Markinson
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look into American politics and the scandal.
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
Saleh MoonWalker
یه کتاب خیلی خوب در مورد رسوایی واترگیت. روایت تاریخی با اسناد و مدارک داره، اما مثل بعضی از کتاب های تاریخی اصلا حوصله سر بر نیست و راحت تا آخرش میشه خوند. سیستم روایتیش هم کاملا تاریخیه. کتاب مناسبیه واسه چنین رویداد تاریخی ای.
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
Aaron Million
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-history
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein both essentially made their careers based on their dogged pursuit of the Watergate burglary. Even though they are the authors of this book, it is written in the third person and reads with all of the suspense of a good detective novel. In essence, that is really what both were doing: trying to piece together the convoluted web of Watergate. Not every major break in the case came from these two, but they were the ones that pursued it with the most intensity and per ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You, sir, are most definitely a crook.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Blind Ambition: The White House Years
  • The Making of the President 1960
  • The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
  • The Best and the Brightest
  • Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Against All Enemies
  • The Boys on the Bus
  • A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House
  • The Death of a President: November 1963
  • What It Takes: The Way to the White House
  • The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill
  • A Bright Shining Lie
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.
More about Carl Bernstein...

Share This Book

“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
More quotes…