100 Books for America: All the President’s Men

With 81 days until the election, let us continue looking at the 100 books every American should read. These write-ups will be short and not incredibly comprehensive looks at some books and novels that will help you become a better citizen. Check out all of the books that have been picked.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein became the patron saints of American journalism when they doggedly reported on an arrest made at the Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate Hotel.

When they started their journey in 1972, they had no idea that it would lead to a presidential resignation two years later.

But it did, and this book tells the story of how they got their.

It’s an inside look at the journey they took and the struggles they overcame to break story after story. They eventually helped tie some high up personnel to the White House and show how the president covered up the crime.

The book was a smash success, inspiring one of the best movies made in a decade of great movies.

It puts the reader right in the newsroom, a place that seems as hidden as the Suprem Court chambers.

It was 9:30 P.M., just an hour from deadline for the second edition. Woodward began typing: “A $25,000 cashier’s check, apparently earmarked for the campaign chest of President Nixon, was deposited in April in the bank account of Bernard L. Barker, one of the five men arrested at the break-in and alleged bugging attempt at Democratic National Committee headquarters here June 17.” The last page of copy was passed to Sussman just at the deadline. Sussman set his pen and pipe down on his desk and turned to Woodward. ‘We’ve never had a story like this,’ he said. ‘Just never.’

They even followed it up with the better written “The Final Days.” Woodward would go on to regularly publishing books on presidents Bush, Clinton, W, Obama and Trump.

All of their books are worth reading, but this is where you start.

*****

Previously, we looked at one of America’s most tragic days. Up next, we’ll look at a move about the All-American family.

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