All the President's Men by Bob Woodward

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The most devastating political detective story of the century: the inside account of the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, now with a 40th anniversary Afterword on the legacies of Watergate and Richard Nixon.

This is the book that changed America. Published just months before President Nixon’s resignation, All the President’s Men revealed the full scope of the scandal and introduced for the first time the mysterious “Deep Throat.” Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing through headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward deliver a riveting firsthand account of their reporting. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post, toppled the president, and have since inspired generations of reporters.

All the President’s Men is a riveting detective story, capturing the exhilarating rush of the biggest presidential scandal in US history as it unfolded in real time. It is, as Time magazine wrote in their All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books list, “the work that brought down a presidency...perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”

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Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-one years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh.
Published November 1, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Woodward's wee hours meetings with Deep Throat in an underground parking garage are sheer cinema: we can just see Robert Redford (it has to be Robert Redford) watching warily for muggers and stubbing out endless cigarettes while Deep Throat spills the inside dope about the plumbers.

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While it may have slowed the film down upon its release, for that information had great currency, today the film seems almost hermetically sealed to younger viewers, and the flaw in that approach has to be laid at the feet of screenwriter Goldman, who apparently never envisioned his film being vi...

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When Woodward and Bernstein are assigned to cover the Watergate robbery, Woodward finds out that the robbers have CIA ties but Ben Bradlee their editor says they have incomplete evidence so they need to get more.

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Entertainment Weekly

He passes up a chance to take Baily's gun and berates the intern for coming to the aid of a wounded man, yet he's a moral standard-bearer compared with Alda's corrupt desk jockey, and the cri de coeur that ends Mad City is meant to be his call to arms à la Network's Howard Beale.

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Suite 101

A Foreign Best Picture Oscar winner leads the fray in an otherwise slow week mostly populated by catalogue reissues, a few TV newcomers and a documentary.

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Common Sense Media

The movie does a good job of showing how much of the work of the reporters was dull persistence, and it also does a good job of showing us what went in to the decisions of editor Ben Bradlee (Jason Robards, in an Oscar-winning performance) and publisher Katharine Graham about what they needed in ...

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It is so great it reminds me of the great, great, great Jacques Derrida (a theologian manque).

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Monsters and Critics

The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns ...more Warner Brothers continues their fine two-disc editions with a new special edition of All the President’s Men.

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Monsters and Critics

Special features are presented in standard definition and include a commentary by Robert Redford, the 72 minute “Behind the Story” making of, a 7 minute clip of Jason Robards on the Dinah Shore Show, the 2 minute trailer, and the film is given the digibook treatment so you get pages of trivia and...

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The Young Folks

Some movies know they’re movies.

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Project MUSE

The films share more than paranoia, although pervasive surveillance is an important motif in all three films, and the ubiquitous rotating wheels of tape recorders in Klute anticipate the White House tapes that would provide the "smoking gun" of Nixon's crimes.

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Full Summary >> Photo Gallery: Following Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book, director Alan Pakula and scripter William Goldman make this film a dynamic detective yarn, even though everyone already knows the ending, by covering only the reporters' investigation of the scandal and keeping ...

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