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  1. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Silliman

    Thorough. Very thorough. This is the definitive account of Watergate and also what lead to Watergate, how people responded to Watergate, the resulting scandal and how it brought down a president. Emery occasionally get lost in the thicket of names, dates, and conflicting accounts, taking the reader with him. But for anyone who wants not just the forest but all the trees, this is the book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kannonhall

    This book by Emery actuallyt took a long time to read. I began in July and just finished the third week of October. The reason being is not because I am a slow reader, but because the language information was very much above my reading level. This book is definatley for advanced readers. The book begins with Nixon's political life leading up to Watergate. It an an extremely useful resource because it gives you a clear understanding of everyone who is mentioned in the book. You could very well be This book by Emery actuallyt took a long time to read. I began in July and just finished the third week of October. The reason being is not because I am a slow reader, but because the language information was very much above my reading level. This book is definatley for advanced readers. The book begins with Nixon's political life leading up to Watergate. It an an extremely useful resource because it gives you a clear understanding of everyone who is mentioned in the book. You could very well begin reading this book with absolutley no prior knowledge. The climax of the book how Nixon reacts to the watergate scandal. It provides multiple perspectives that are very resourceful if you are doing any sort of research paper. The book ends with brief aftermath of the Watergate Scandal. I would not recomend this book only because of the level of dificulty. Unless of course you are doing a repot on Watergate such as I, then in that case please do read this book. I liked how unbiased I felt it was and how detailed oriented it was. I disliked how dificult it was for me to comprehend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Linton

    I believe this is the definitive Watergate book. Yes, it is VERY detailed oriented. It uses just about every book written about Watergate. It takes you from the beginning of Nixon's administration concerning the "horrors" up to the Watergate break-ins up to the final stages of his final departure which isn't written about too often. The author also points out when there are discrepancies and credits where they come from. There are still many questions that would probably never be answered becaus I believe this is the definitive Watergate book. Yes, it is VERY detailed oriented. It uses just about every book written about Watergate. It takes you from the beginning of Nixon's administration concerning the "horrors" up to the Watergate break-ins up to the final stages of his final departure which isn't written about too often. The author also points out when there are discrepancies and credits where they come from. There are still many questions that would probably never be answered because it's one man's word against the other. That's what makes Watergate so fascinating: trying to discover the truth based on the documentation, personalities, and the participants account and Emery brings it all altogether.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Barber

    This book is a good history of the events that became known as Watergate. He relates the genesis of the plans for dirty tricks to ensure re-election in 1972. Closely allied to that effort was the effort to stop leaks of information to the press. This effort took added urgency with the release of what were called the Pentagon Papers. This lead to the formation of the plumbers unit to stop leaks and perform political espionage. This then led to the Watergate break in and subsequent cover-up. The t This book is a good history of the events that became known as Watergate. He relates the genesis of the plans for dirty tricks to ensure re-election in 1972. Closely allied to that effort was the effort to stop leaks of information to the press. This effort took added urgency with the release of what were called the Pentagon Papers. This lead to the formation of the plumbers unit to stop leaks and perform political espionage. This then led to the Watergate break in and subsequent cover-up. The two most amazing aspects of this whole situation are:(1) all the dirty tricks and bugging of the DNC were totally unnecessary as Nixon would have won the election without all this and (2) Nixon kept lying about events till the bitter end. Even the speech resigning as president was not truthful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    This book left me sad, disillusioned, and wondering where the line is between fact and fiction in this version of Watergate. I conclude there is no absolute demarcation. I know there are many ways to tell this story and that everyone's truth is different and everyone's machinations are an underlying factor in the political game of high stakes. I'm left knowing, as I've always known, that we don't and won't have candidates worthy of the task and that there really are no public servants, just vary This book left me sad, disillusioned, and wondering where the line is between fact and fiction in this version of Watergate. I conclude there is no absolute demarcation. I know there are many ways to tell this story and that everyone's truth is different and everyone's machinations are an underlying factor in the political game of high stakes. I'm left knowing, as I've always known, that we don't and won't have candidates worthy of the task and that there really are no public servants, just varying degrees of self-serving politicians who sometimes do something great.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark Oconnor

    Excellent overview of the Watergate conspiracy starting from the very beginning and moving deftly through the notorious pre-planning stages of C.R.E.E.P. in Mitchell's office where Liddy unearthed his infamous Project Gemstone to the break-in at Lewis J. Fielding's office to the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up and it's orchestration from the inner chambers of the White House. Compelling and detail-oriented but also crisp and readable. This was the first book on Watergate I picked up a Excellent overview of the Watergate conspiracy starting from the very beginning and moving deftly through the notorious pre-planning stages of C.R.E.E.P. in Mitchell's office where Liddy unearthed his infamous Project Gemstone to the break-in at Lewis J. Fielding's office to the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up and it's orchestration from the inner chambers of the White House. Compelling and detail-oriented but also crisp and readable. This was the first book on Watergate I picked up and is still the definitive, go-to tome for the uninitiated.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Russell Jones

    An excellent non-fiction tale of the Watergate Scandal, ideal for anyone who wants a full rounded view of the whole scandal without the 'outrage' of 'Woodstein' and their ilk !!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Holy Smokes. In summary: corruption, tyranny, and power struggles. There is a belief in the American population. It goes something like this: since evolution is real, we as people are evolving spiritually, emotionally, sexually, mentally, etc. This seems innocent enough, except that the naivete of this assumption has caused people to trust politicians in general and people like Hillary Clinton specifically when they should not be trusted, assume that no evil can be done by us evolved individuals Holy Smokes. In summary: corruption, tyranny, and power struggles. There is a belief in the American population. It goes something like this: since evolution is real, we as people are evolving spiritually, emotionally, sexually, mentally, etc. This seems innocent enough, except that the naivete of this assumption has caused people to trust politicians in general and people like Hillary Clinton specifically when they should not be trusted, assume that no evil can be done by us evolved individuals who are clearly much more advanced than the cave man, and rush to condemn the innocent because of our fear, while trusting the news sources before they actually earn the trust. What we should be asking is: what's in it for them? Are we honestly so naive to think that they just love truth, no questions asked? Those who do not know history unfortunately not only repeat it, but allow it to be repeated by others, such as Trump. Many people do not realize the following: Nixon was republican. the democrats started Vietnam. The FBI and the CIA have a history, and it's not good. The government tries to control and monitor you. These simple facts blow most of my generation away, because they are too trusting in government for the sake of security. I fear they will learn too late that you can never trust politicians, their fancy rhetoric, their smiling lies, or their flashy suits. As far as this book is concerned, dry, very detailed, and a little long. However, everything you would want to know about Watergate is in here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Desmond

    It seems like a lot of people are interested in Watergate these days. For some reason. Anyway, this book was published in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the events, so it's now two decades old. But it's still a marvelously lucid and readable take on the Greatest Story Ever Told. Emery really cuts through the weeds that had grown up around the whole subject, due to the mountain of sensationalistic accounts and self-serving memoirs that existed. I'd read a ton of Watergate stuff ove It seems like a lot of people are interested in Watergate these days. For some reason. Anyway, this book was published in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the events, so it's now two decades old. But it's still a marvelously lucid and readable take on the Greatest Story Ever Told. Emery really cuts through the weeds that had grown up around the whole subject, due to the mountain of sensationalistic accounts and self-serving memoirs that existed. I'd read a ton of Watergate stuff over the years, but never really felt I had the whole story straight in my head, from beginning to end, until now. There are more scholarly works out there, but this is an invaluable entry point for the general reader.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kirstie

    This is a great, detailed account of what lead up to Watergate and the cover-up that followed. The only downsides with the book are, if this is your first time digging into Watergate, the book is a little overwhelming with all of the names, and a better list of chachacters and a flowchart to show relationships would've been helpful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joe Minnock

    This is probably the best one volume history of Watergate. Most of the history of Watergate focuses on Nixon and his personality and the legal and political maneuvering thereafter. This work dives into a detailed history of the crime, how it was done, who paid for it, and then also covers the criminal trials and political events.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ali Varallo

    So detailed. An intense, exhausting deep-dive into Watergate and all of the players. It wore me out but it was worth it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Craigtator

    Picture Doctor Evil hiring the criminals from Home Alone to break into an office and then using the Dumb and Dumber guys to cover it up. That’s Watergate.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Medeiros

    Being a complete Nixon obsessive, this 26 year old book was the most thorough account of the events surrounding Watergate I have read. And this was my 13th Nixon or related book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    This book contained such an incredible amount of detail that it was, in parts, difficult to follow. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who isn't already very interested in Watergate.

  16. 5 out of 5

    TrumanCoyote

    The only thing is it could've been 2 or 3 times longer. Kinda sketchy in places--and too centered on the White House. I thought there was going to be more about the hearings (and fabulous revelations). Also who was on the Enemies List, etc. I'm a little scared to be on the same planet with Liddy. I loved where they were thinking of fobbing the whole thing off on him and saying he was "just some poor, misguided kid who read too many comic books." He was a cartoon character in real life. And I did The only thing is it could've been 2 or 3 times longer. Kinda sketchy in places--and too centered on the White House. I thought there was going to be more about the hearings (and fabulous revelations). Also who was on the Enemies List, etc. I'm a little scared to be on the same planet with Liddy. I loved where they were thinking of fobbing the whole thing off on him and saying he was "just some poor, misguided kid who read too many comic books." He was a cartoon character in real life. And I didn't hear nearly enough about the hush money--dropoffs and so forth. But there was Segretti and the Pee-In and putting LSD in somebody's drink to discredit them--not to mention the houseboat full of hookers. There it was and it was all true (well, except what Nixon said). Emery really hit the nail on the head about the sordidness of the cover-up conversations being the really damning thing: it was right out of some B movie (you expected them to start talking about coppers and the heat at any moment). And just what would've happened if he'd decided to barricade himself in the White House with artillery?...yikes. (I also never knew that a president could pardon himself.) And of course: "Always remember: others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them back--and then you destroy yourself."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Even though Watergate is some 40 odd years behind us, this book makes for compelling reading. The focus stays tightly on Nixon and his cadre of thugs, loyalists and fall-people. It does a good job of presenting both facts and glimpses into Nixon's psyche as the scandal brings his Presidency crumbling around his ears. An inside peek into the administration, it makes great companion book and counterpoint to All the President's Men (both the movie and the book)'s outside perspective.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    Yes. Nixon was nuts. That's why he's the funnest President to read about. Also, he was mean. And surrounded by criminals. Sound familiar? Fred Emery, a former editor at The Times of London, gives a distinctly British perspective on a distinctly American President. It's tragedy and it's comedy and it's America, and it's important to know how corrupt and dark the story really was. NC

  19. 5 out of 5

    Guy Taddeo

    Very good book, even though with all the names thrown around, it was a bit confusing, especially because people were frequently changing positions and who they reported to. I actually stopped around page 150 and started over, but made my own silly flow chart of who worked for who and their titles and it made things much clearer.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was great because it humanized the whole terrible mess that Watergate was, (which still reverberates in the American psyche). It was confusing at times because there was such a long list of people who were actually involved in the events of Watergate. I think along with this book and All the President's Men, I have a much better understanding of history of Watergate.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan Cohen

    Solid and readable account of the Watergate affair, with some of the background of the pattern of unpleasant behaviour from the Nixon Administration. The focus is on the cover up and, especially, the build up of pressure that eventually led to Nixon's resignation. Very good - recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Defiintely love the character of Alice; her careful insults are so expected by the end though her friendship with Nixon is just as carefully played. Actually, following the lives of all the women in this book are soemwhat of a guilty pleasure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    I found this book too dry. There are much more interesting discussions of the Watergate saga out there.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marshall

    So good I've read it twice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Nearly 20 years old, but still the best account of the Watergate scandal.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lev Rothschild

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dragos Cornea

  29. 5 out of 5

    John

  30. 5 out of 5

    Olyvia Adkins

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