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am 6. Juli 2000
All the President's Men is a timeless work, and will be a valuable reference for historians, political scientists, and (most importantly) citizens for years to come.
The book succeeds on two levels. First, it provides a fascinating description of investigative journalism at its finest - the exhaustive search for reliable sources, the need to check and double-check information, the judicious use of editors in both the writing process and the ultimate decision whether to even publish a piece. To the credit of Woodward, Bernstein, and the entire Washington Post staff, the paper was quite conservative in deciding what (and when) to publish, and quick to make amends in the rare instances when they erred in their accounts.
Second, the book remains the definitive "in the moment" guide to the collapse of the Nixon presidency. In the wake of the Clinton presidency, after the proliferation of such non-scandals as Whitewater, Travelgate, and the laughably irrelevant Lewinsky matter, it is important to understand what REAL presidential misbehavior is all about.
Although the book concludes prior to Nixon's resignation, the detailed elucidation of the activities of both the White House and the Committee to Re-Elect the President leave little doubt that the Nixon Administration was guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors against the American people. Both the Nixon presidency and the subsequent "pardoning" from Gerald Ford were disgraces in American history.
As a final note, although Bob Dole is only a minor player in the story, his behavior is worth noting for the insight it provides into his character. His scathing indictment of the Post in his speeches at the time serve as an important reminder of Dole's ties to the most corrupt domestic administration of the 20th century.
ATPM is an important volume in contemporary American history. It should be mandatory reading for all citizens.
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am 12. Juli 1999
After watching the film of "All the President's Men" on cable several times and loving it every time I thought the book HAD to be better. The book is usually better than the movie, right? Boy was I disappointed. I was around during the Watergate era (in high school) and watched quite a bit of the hearings on T.V. But I found the book very hard to read. To me it was almost like reading the geneology sections in the Bible where so-and-so beget so-and-so, one name after another. Boring. Too many names thrown at me in too short a span. I kept expecting it to kick in and I'd be hooked. After maybe 20 pages of the book I said "enough" and watched the movie again.
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am 25. September 1998
The account of the Watergate break-in provided by Woodward and Bernstein is a must read for all historians. Despite having knowledge of the ending, the thought of putting the book down is hard to swallow. With fantastic recall, Woodward and Bernstein retrace their investigative steps to provide a spellbinding account of the final months of the Nixon Presidency
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am 21. September 1999
This book is absolutely wonderful to read, even though there is no doubt about how it will end. The processes that Woodward and Bernstein went through to get their sources and check their facts could be a book in its own right. The one thing that stood out the most in my mind as I was reading was how perfect the whole conspiracy could have been had it not been for human nature. As everything began to unravel, it was, in the truest sense, every man for himself. Furthermore, the sheer number of people involved almost insured that the crimes would not stay hidden. This is a fascinating book, not only from a political science or historical standpoint, but also a sociological one. READ THIS!!!!
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am 25. Juni 2010
So, what is it not? It is not a collection of sources or interviews, but a narrative. It is by no means complete. It is not a who's who of the presidents men or anyone, and the characters appear in random association. It strives to be a political thriller which just happens to be true, but fails sometimes in storytelling. It is an example study of the investigative journalism of the 1970s.

If you want to know *how* the Watergate affair was unveiled, this book is for you. If you want to know what it consisted of, you are better suited reading the articles in whe NYT and the Washington Post of 1972/73 and the Congressional Report.
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am 14. September 1999
Obwohl Watergate eine Weile her ist, und viele Figuren in diesem Buch deshalb nicht mehr bekannt sind, bleibt der Polit-Thriller von Woodward & Bernstein ein non-fiction Klassiker. Vor Allem sollten Journalisten, die sich für die investigative Recherche interessieren, die Vorgehensweise der beiden Washington-Post-Reporter studieren. Es ist ein ganz wichtiges Buch über das journalistische Handwerk. Jay Tuck Leitender Redakteur ARD - Tagesthemen
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am 27. Januar 2000
This is the book to read on the subject. Apologists for the criminals of Watergate want you to waste your time reading Silent Coup, which was co-authored by some of the very same criminals who live each day in denial. Thankfully, Woodward and Bernstein set the record straight from the beggining and no revision is needed. One hundred years from now two things will be remembered about Watergate: Nixon really was a crook and Bernstein and Woodward were responsable for exposing him and his henchmen.
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am 9. November 1999
Read SILENT COUP to find out the truth about Watergate. That book reveals, without any doubt whatsoever, who Deep Throat is, and it paints Woodward to be a manipulator and a liar. I was as shocked and disappointed to find that out, as you might be reading this. But read SILENT COUP before you makes judgements about any aspect of Watergate.
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am 2. Dezember 1998
Having recently seen the movie for the 3rd time, and STILL not sure of "who" did "what" to "who", or "why", I picked the paperback version up over the past holiday...and read it in 3 days/nites. Yes, there ARE a LOT of "players", but the p'back version has a great listing of who they are, and their relationship to the story. With photos in the middle of the book, you even have a 2nd source of reference. While checking back and forth does take time...so did the uncovering of how totally corrupt the Nixon administration was. EQUALLY as valuable is the story of how the Washington Post editors and reporters went to GREAT lengths to confirm 2, and 3, and 4 times, the info they were discovering...to ensure "fair", and more importantly, "accurate" reporting. EVERY US citizen, not just those in school, should read this book to see just how low print/radio/TV "news" has sunk in the collective race to be "first to report", even if what is said is false. (Examples: The TWA explosion off Long Island, and Richard Jewell's (spell?) arrest for the Atlanta bombing.) What worked best for me: Saw the movie, then read the book, then watched the movie again with the list of players. I think you will never doubt that Nixon got off easy... especially since Gerry Ford gave him a "full pardon". Slick Willie Clinton is a true "bushleaguer" in comparison. Remember too, that Tricky Dick taped both enemies AND friends (and erased a bunch too), and he was PRESIDENT, not a GS-12 informant for Ken Starr. As I wrote in the beginning, a great detective story about one of the lowest points in US presidential history.
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am 9. Oktober 1999
This book, written with the style of a newspaper reporter, is a great one, chronicaling the struggle to reveal the truth about the Nixon administration. The only flaw was that the authors seem to assume the reader already knows many of the minor characters from experiencing the Watergate scandal as a citizen. For this reason, this book can be challenging for young readers.
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