In the most devastating political detective story of the 20th century, two Washington Post reporters, whose brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation smashed the Watergate scandal wide open, tell the behind-the-scenes drama the way it really happened.
Beginning 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 coming - delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post and toppled the president. This is the book that changed America.
©1974 Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"An authentic thriller." (The New York Times)
"Much more than a 'hot book.' It is splendid reading...of enormous value.... A very human story." (The New Republic)
"Exhilarating and candid...trip-hammer reportage." (Publishers Weekly)
Avid listener on my daily commute!
You wouldn't think this anatomy of a political scandal (which should be dry as dirt) could be so fascinating and relevant over forty years after it brought down a presidency, but so it is. I looked forward to every possible opportunity to listen, and even purchased the Kindle edition in order to finish the book faster. The narrator is excellent, although occasionally the listener can hear him sipping water in between sections or chapters. The book is long, but never boring, and I ended up wishing it had been just a little longer so that Nixon's resignation could have been the final chapter, rather than just his defiant "I am not a crook" speech and his final State of the Union, in which he vowed never to quit.
One caveat: See the excellent movie (with Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman as Woodward & Bernstein) before listening to or reading the book. The book is far more detailed, but when you see the film first, you'll have a good mental picture of the basic cast of characters that will help you keep them all straight while listening.
The narrator was brilliant. You could even hear a bit of Dick Nixon in his voicing of Nixon's words.
Listening to this in July of 2016, I can see the effects of Nixon's paranoia still deeply entrenched in the GOP to this day. And now the bleed over to the far left. "Blame the press" was the Nixon White House's primary line of defense. I am struck at how this correlates to the far left and the mid to far right.
If you can't win on facts, blame the messenger. Unfortunately, it is far more effective now than it was then
We need fewer amateur bloggers and more pros like Bob and Carl. Pros that are committed to getting it right. Pros that see "the competition" getting today's scoop as confirmation of yesterday's, and tomorrow's, stories.
This should be required reading/listening for every voter, every four years.
Republic of South Africa
At high school mid to late ‘70s I was really keen on reading mostly books on which movies were based. For example “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Marathon Man”, “Black Sunday”, “The Omen”, “Zorba the Greek”, “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and the book under review. And then I’d read only to make me understand these movies, all of which were in my 2nd language and spoken very hastily.
Then reading “All the President’s Men”, I didn’t have a clue whatsoever as to what it was all about. I was in my mid-teens, on the tip of Africa and knew absolutely nothing about the inner workings of US politics. Upon lending this book to a school friend I asked him what he thought of it (although I myself wasn’t capable of forming any such opinion): “Boring” he said, “like reading a newspaper.” I retorted: “But they ARE newspaper men!” To which he replied “Ok, small wonder; now it makes sense.” My friend obviously knew a little more about form than content.
Listening to this book now refreshed my memory; almost therapeutically allowing me to relive and reconstruct past events―like cheating on myself by only now allowing myself to understand more in retrospect than what had as a teenager been completely incomprehensible to me.
In conclusion allow me these seemingly insignificant acknowledgements. I'd often enhance my vocabulary by jotting down words the meanings of which I didn't know and consult a dictionary. Two of the abovementioned books in their very opening lines already contributed to my vocabulary. Harper Lee’s “Mocking Bird” taught me the word “assuage” and Messrs Woodward and Bernstein gave the word “fumble”. These contributions to what I regard as my intellectual development (political enrichment notwithstanding) I still cherish and am most grateful for even now as an adult, more than 35 years down the line. "The Child is the Father of the Man"—William Wordsworth.
I had forgotten how much nasty stuff really happened during Watergate and the truly great work that Woodward and Bernstein did. This is a great read and very well narrated by Richard Poe. Anyone interested in history and an amazing true story should refresh with this one.
I have a deep interest in the life and times of Richard Nixon.
The narration appropriately recognised the gravity of the situations unfolding as the book progressed.
probably the last ounerground meeting with deep throat.
politics is a shabby game.
surprised that it took so long to arrive in the audible collection. the wait was worth it: a compelling account of an extremely interesting periond in american history and politics, and the narration was of a standard worthy of the quality of the book.
A very thorough retelling of the two Washington Post reporters notes on their coverage of the Watergate affair. Not much fluff or anecdotal material. Can be dry at times but nonetheless interesting.
Very very good book...narrator captivates the audience...recommend to listeners of all ages that want to hear about watergate.
This is a book that embodies a game of thrones in a republic. I have known about the Watergate scandal since I was a child but have never known the full story. My biggest problem with it was there is no follow up or addendums that go more into the story.
If using this for the classroom or to follow along with the printed copy of the book, the chapters are off. For example, chapter 4 in the printed book is chapter 8 on the audiobook, which makes it hard to follow along. I'd recommend speeding the reading up to 1.25 speed, as it can drag, but the story is well-told.
The story is an accurate account from Woodward and Bernstein. Through their accounts and investigation. Honestly, any one interested in investigative reporting should listen or read, their account
The classic book of the two reporters from the Washington Post, who against all odds battled through the lies to get to the truth about Watergate and the cover up that took down the Nixon White House. An amazing piece of history, excellently read and the change in voices are very good.
Right up there. 5 stars.
The whole thing is memorable. Tense, intriguing and exciting and of course, very concerning.
It was perfect. Clear and easy on the ear, it's read with an unhurried authority and weight that matched the seriousness and tension of the tale.
It's pretty breathtaking and heartbreaking too. It also makes you wonder who the new Woodward and Bernstein's would be these days and if any newspaper or publisher would have the belief and balls to stand by such reporting. The Washington Post folk were heroes.
I wasn't sure about getting this audiobook as I was already familiar with the story but the writing style and narration is so fascinating from the get go that I was hooked and cannot wait to recommend this to everyone I know. The 12 hr book just flew by without ever outstaying it's welcome. It really was excellent. Go listen!
"Gripping and Extraordinary Account"
Unfolds as one of the great detective stories of the modern era., as Washington post reporters Woodward and Bernstien uncover an unprecedented scale of criminality that leads ever closer to the President of the USA Richard M Nixon. There is a moment when Woodward hears an account of Bob Haldman talking of dumping incriminating evidence into the Potomac when the full horror of Nixon's White House becomes clear to him. Nixon's fall less a Shakespearean tragedy than on a par with Brecht's Arturo Ui.
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