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All the President's Men | [Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein]

All the President's Men

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Dudley South Africa 08-17-13
    Dudley South Africa 08-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Former Prosecutor, Acting Magistrate (Western Cape) & Head of Training of Prosecutors (Justice College, Pretoria)— Republic of South Africa

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    "THE FUMBLING OF AN ASSUAGED"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vaughan Auckland 05-01-14
    Vaughan Auckland 05-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Truly worthy of its acolades."
    Would you listen to All the President's Men again? Why?

    I have a deep interest in the life and times of Richard Nixon.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narration appropriately recognised the gravity of the situations unfolding as the book progressed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    probably the last ounerground meeting with deep throat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    politics is a shabby game.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Taylor Fall River, NS 03-11-14
    Anthony Taylor Fall River, NS 03-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Love reading. Three kids keep me busy so listening to books has become necessity.

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    "Perfect Journalismn"
    What made the experience of listening to All the President's Men the most enjoyable?

    A series of great newspaper articles turned into a best selling and riveting book now turned into an excellent and gripping audio-book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    From start to finish the well-known story is still gripping and engaging.


    What does Richard Poe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narration which is engaging from beginning to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Whitehorse, YT, Canada 06-06-13
    Andrea Whitehorse, YT, Canada 06-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic story and narration"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I just like the story in general. The movie is one of my favourites, and the book is even better (as it usually is)


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    Richard has a nice voice to listen to. He also differentiates the voices in a conversation without being over-the-top. You can tell when it's a discussion between two people, and when which person is speaking, but it's not over-played in any way.


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  • Mrs. T. L. Brown
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    "Gutsy Reporting"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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    "Wow!"
    Where does All the President's Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there. 5 stars.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the President's Men?

    The whole thing is memorable. Tense, intriguing and exciting and of course, very concerning.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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