All the President's Men (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/6/3
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“The work that brought down a presidency...perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history” (Time)—from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Final Days.
The most devastating political detective story of the 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.
One of Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books, 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.
"The work that brought down a presidency . . . perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history." (Time, All-Time 100 Best Non-Fiction Books)
"Maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time." (Gene Roberts, former managing editor of The New York Times)
"One of the greatest detective stories ever told." (The Denver Post)
"A fast-moving mystery, a whodunit written with ease. . . . A remarkable book." (The New York Times)
"An authentic thriller." (Dan Rather)
"Much more than a 'hot book.' It is splendid reading . . . of enormous value. . . . A very human story." (The New Republic)
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要は、事実を伝えるのは当然として、その後なにを読み手に伝えるのか？ではないか。Gerald Posner(Case Close, Killing the Dreamの著者)にしろ、他のジャーナリストにしろ、ただ事実を伝えるだけではない手法をもっている。つまり、事実から何を作者は見たのか？という視点である｡本書はそれを欠いているように思う｡
All the Presidents Men is an unorthodox book in that its not the definitive story of Watergate, rather the tale of how Woodward and Bernstein got at the story of Watergate. Yet, through all their efforts, one arrives at a version of Watergate. (If that makes sense.) We meet the power-hungry villains and the good men who got caught up in the scandal and the reader is taken on a 350 page thrill ride, which is really hard to do when one knows the outcome of Watergate. I as a reader was sitting there on the edge of my seat wondering “Is this the moment it all falls apart for these guys”?
Does one get the absolute truth from All the Presidents Men? Probably not, but it may be closest we come depending on how much weight and credibility one gives the memoirs of Nixon officials.
President Nixon and his morally-challenged acolytes did a great amount of harm that involved theft, illegal wiretapping, slush funds, obstruction of justice, and highly unethical campaign espionage as well as sabotage. The President's mindset, active participation, and surrounding himself with like-minded people to set this odious FUBAR into motion still impacts today's politics. The Republicans seem to have embraced these sort of tactics with more enthusiasm with such nasty political architects as Lee Atwater and the troll's disciple Karl Rove. It took a great deal of hard work and courage for the reporters to continually knock on doors and revisit uncooperative people. Fortunately for Woodward and Bernstein, they also were supported by able editors, the colorful Ben Bradlee and the owner Katharine Graham. For many months, the Washington Post was the only news organization that was trying to unravel the mystery and were especially hated by the White House. Nixon's paranoia and deep hatred of the press caused him to have zero qualms about trying to destroy the Post. This was serious hardball, folks. Once the investigations produced solid evidence that Tricky Dick and the other powerbrokers around him were in on the whole thing, it became every man out for himself in the administration with backstabbing others becoming the norm.
Mr. Woodward and Mr. Bernstein were very forthright about not only describing the triumphs but also their mistakes including some of their actions going over the line of proper journalism. It was very helpful that the book has photos of all the key players in the story. It's quite a gallery of rogues. Also, the Afterword written for the 40th-Anniversary edition does a good job explaining the seriousness, motivations and repercussions of President Nixon's unseemly actions. This is great riveting history. After finishing the book, I wondered, "Is it too late to dig up President Nixon and have him impeached?"
by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Rating: ***** (5 stars)
Page Length: 480 pages
Genre: Nonfiction, Politics, True Crime, Journalism
Sometimes books are situational. How you feel about them depends on the period of your life that you are in. I feel like this is the case with this book.
No matter when I would have picked it up it would have been well written with engaging storytelling. Yet, I do not think it would have held my interest as much as it has now.
I picked this book up because it is on Amazon's 100 Books To Read in Your Lifetime. Coincidently I started reading the same time the comparisons between Trump and Nixon began. I am not a history buff, and my knowledge of politics is confined to basic Political Science courses. None of these ever covered Nixon. Reading this book helped me to understand why comparisons were being made between administrations.
There is another amazing component about this book. It was fascinating reading about the journalistic pursuits of Bernstein and Woodward. For one, they had to put aside their differences in personalities to work together on a story of a lifetime. It was evident in the writing that both were aware of potential conflicts of personality and tried to create a clear picture without causing offense. It also showed how their relationship changed from conflict to check and balances, using each other's differences to make sure they did not cross a line in their story.
It also showed their journalistic integrity. They created rules about the number of sources they would have at a minimum when publishing. They held off on publishing when they did not feel there was enough evidence to support their claim. They also became the bad guys of D.C. for a while. It leads me to wonder how Journalism has changed with the increase of technology.
As published on The Book Recluse Review