All the President's Men is compiled from the contemporaneous reporting of two reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, but it reads like a thriller. They first stumbled onto the magnitude of the story immediately after the Watergate burglary, when a CIA operative was one of the burglars. What the burglars were doing, for whom and why is now common knowledge. Knowing the outcome of the story does nothing to lessen its urgency. This reporting was groundbreaking, following on the heels of the release of the Pentagon Papers. It reestablished the importance of the fourth estate in our government, that when our elected officials fail to act in our interest, we may still have truth seekers helping to inform the public. I read this book in a day and recommend it to everyone.
"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.