Watergate

Watergate

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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From one of our most esteemed historical novelists, a remarkable retelling of the Watergate scandal, as seen through a kaleidoscope of its colorful perpetrators and investigators.

For all the monumental documentation that Watergate generated--uncountable volumes of committee records, court transcripts, and memoirs--it falls at last to a novelist to perform the work of inference (and invention) that allows us to solve some of the scandal's greatest mysteries (who did erase those eighteen-and-a-half minutes of tape?) and to see this gaudy American catastrophe in its human entirety.

In Watergate, Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew before now, moving readers from the private cabins of Camp David to the klieg lights of the Senate Caucus Room, from the District of Columbia jail to the Dupont Circle mansion of Theodore Roosevelt's sharp-tongued ninety-year-old daughter ("The clock is dick-dick-dicking"), and into the hive of the Watergate complex itself, home not only to the Democratic National Committee but also to the president's attorney general, his recklessly loyal secretary, and the shadowy man from Mississippi who pays out hush money to the burglars.

Praised by Christopher Hitchens for his "splendid evocation of Washington," Mallon achieves with Watergate a scope and historical intimacy that surpasses even what he attained in his previous novels, as he turns a "third-rate burglary" into a tumultuous, first-rate entertainment.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780307907080
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; x, 432 pages
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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StarGladiator
Aug 16, 2016

Ah, once again a review of Thomas Mallon, the rightwing darling beloved of NPR [the Koch brothers-financed people] misinforming on Watergate. So, puuhlease - - let's just review a few facts.
The last real pushback against the banksters was JFK, and we know what happened to him. Nixon, as much as I despised him, actually came out on behalf of the American worker, albeit temporarily, when he enacted tarriffs and truly annoyed the Wall Streeters [last guy to do that was McKinley, and he was whacked like JFK]. So, a dude named Woodward, a WaPo reporter, formerly in the Naval Investigation Service and the liaison between the Pentagon and the White house, together with Bernstein, met some guy called Deep Throat at an apartment building where almost every occupant worked at Development Alternatives, Inc., a CIA-front organization. Hmmmm. . . . the remaining occupants worked for another CIA-front organization. Hmmmm. . .
You may wish to research Thomas Mallon's family background before trusting anything that dude has to say.

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Kimbrown54
Aug 16, 2016

I enjoyed this book BUT it assumes you already know a lot about Watergate. I returned it, read some basic information, read a more basic book about it,, watched some documentaries, then checked Mallon's book out again. Much better!

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Sarah17
Dec 07, 2013

Absolutely gripping. Up there with "All the President's Men"!

debwalker Mar 10, 2012

"Thomas Mallon’s remarkable novel of the scandal is told from multiple points of view, mostly those of players who are now footnotes in the history books....Mallon’s coup is to show us how the smallest of differences – one less drink, one more cautionary word – just might have meant that Nixon’s legacy became that of a world historical leader, and not a petty crook."
Stephen Amidon
Globe & Mail

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