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)
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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.
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.
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.
Sorry but this felt like journalism's version of inside baseball. Names, dates and details that come across like a montage of daily news reports rather than a story that connects you to the people and events.
an interesting book to listen to plenty of details but almost too many to keep track of. overall I did enjoy it and may listen to it again to get a better understanding
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 thoroughly enjoyed the audio edition of All the President's Men, it is very similar to the print version because I was reading along as the narrator was speaking.
This story gives the full insight on what happened during the Nixon Watergate Scandal. It was very impressive learning about how everything went down and how reporter go about finding what was happening just like investigator do.
Audible is very helpful for any school book project because you can do anything and listen along like it was music playing. Audible also helped me manage my time wisely because I do not know how long it would have taken me to read this book without Audible.
a very well written account of the Washington Post's involvement in taking down Nixon and friends.
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!
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