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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (1 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684813238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684813233
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheds new light on the Watergate scandal that forced the resignation of Richard Nixon and altered the history of American politics.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 1997
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A gripping and informative book. Whatever your views on Nixon and Watergate, this should enhance your understanding of events. Emery is extremely balanced and fair. His ability to take complex events and make them readable is nothing short of outstanding.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 1997
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As a Watergate junkie, I long had been frustrated that no one had written a comprehensive, chronological exposition of the scandal. I have read many of the personal accounts, and Woodstein, but, until this book, there was no single, all-encompassing narrative of Watergate. Emery's book is excellent, although it gets bogged down at times in the welter of minutiae that his exhaustive research, and the tapes, and all of the other books, provide. What this book exposes most starkly is the incredible arrogance and disdain for the law that President Nixon and his cohorts, including the Attorney General, exhibited with barely any second thoughts. The book also succeeds in telling the story of one of the greatest triumphs of American constitutional history -- the peaceful removal of a corrupt President and the orderly transfer of power. To my mind, the Watergate saga is a highlight of American democracy, and Emery's book reveals that.
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This book is an absolutely fabulous read, it is comprehensive, clear and incredibly well written. The author goes to great lengths to ensure that the evidence is properly considered and set out in a way, that while not necessarily easy to follow (it was a political cover-up after all) but is logical and with proper concentration gives the reader the full picture.

I absolutely love this book. It reveals what lengths the Nixon Administration went to spy on its opponents and the depths of the cover up. While I was aware of Watergate, I hadn't fully realised how paranoid Nixon was and how stupid the original burglars had been. The whole incident is riddled with actions which can only be described as utterly moronic. I think what I found most concerning was the approach to Nixon and his subordinates to all of this. I now understand why some people believe that Watergate marked the beginning of the end of trusting politicians. The greatest shame of this whole incident is that Nixon did not have to do any of this as he was by far and away the clear winner, and he had been so successful in international politics with the Soviets and the Chinese that Watergate blew all that away.

This book certainly gives credence to the adage that absolute power corrupts absolutely. I would heartily recommend this book and hope other readers enjoy it as much as I did.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 21 April 2005
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This is a great book that became the basis for the Discovery Channel's 5-part documentary on Watergate. It is an extensive examination of the entire Watergate episode based on interviews with the relevant participants (excluding Nixon and Mitchell). In fact, Emery was one of the last people to interview Bob Haldeman before he died in 1993. If you don't believe what Emery writes or what Nixon's men said, I'd suggest viewing the Discovery Channel's documentary and you can see Haldeman, Erlichman, Colson, Magruder, LaRue, Dean, Liddy, etc... admit to what was going on in and around the White House.

If you're looking for a very readable and historically accurate account of Watergate, this is an excellent choice. No preposterous theories are advanced here, such as those in presented in Silent Coup. Instead, this book is based on interviews with the participants, the actual Watergate tapes, and tedious documentation of White House memos from the Nixon years. Emery also points out and attempts to resolve the many contradictions that exist among the published accounts of many of the Watergate players. While those that know all the secrets of Watergate are becoming fewer and fewer each year, this account is fairly difficult to dispute.

Finally, ignore the review written by True_Blue. Every one of his/her points are addressed in the first 100 pages of Emery's book. Based on the criticisms in that review, it is obvious that he/she never read this book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best start-to-finish acount of Watergate. 11 Dec. 1997
By Anthony G. Flynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a Watergate junkie, I long had been frustrated that no one had written a comprehensive, chronological exposition of the scandal. I have read many of the personal accounts, and Woodstein, but, until this book, there was no single, all-encompassing narrative of Watergate. Emery's book is excellent, although it gets bogged down at times in the welter of minutiae that his exhaustive research, and the tapes, and all of the other books, provide. What this book exposes most starkly is the incredible arrogance and disdain for the law that President Nixon and his cohorts, including the Attorney General, exhibited with barely any second thoughts. The book also succeeds in telling the story of one of the greatest triumphs of American constitutional history -- the peaceful removal of a corrupt President and the orderly transfer of power. To my mind, the Watergate saga is a highlight of American democracy, and Emery's book reveals that.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good. Very, very good. 4 Aug. 2001
By pro_crustes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I lived Watergate. I was a teen in McLean, Virginia when Nixon resigned. One of my classmates was a son of Robert Bork. Yet, after many years, I had to admit I didn't know much of what the fuss was about. This fine, objective book changed all that. Emery has consolidated the facts, identified the sources, and presented the alternate views that, within his sense of reason, deserve consideration. This is journalism as it should always be and, sadly, was not in the early '70s.
As you choose books about Watergate, consider this: When I started to read this one, in the Fall of 2000, I got only a few pages into it when I realized I was doing something important. I got out of my chair, locked my study door, turned off the phone, and sat back down to read. Only Shirer's book about the Third Reich has also induced such a feeling of moment.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great up to date account of the worst US scandal 27 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want an up-to-date account of the worst abuse of political power in the history of the United States, you have found your book - go ahead and place your order. As far as the "Silent Coup" book is sometimes referred to is sold at Klu Klux Klan rallies and appeals the extremists on the right. They would have you believe that Nixon, Liddy, Halderman, etc. were not the real criminals but that John Dean was(! ). John Dean has successfully sued the authors of the discredited (and, not surprisingly, out-of-print) "Silent Coup."
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Amazing grasp of the complex... 6 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading Emery's book, I must say he has an amazing grasp of the complex. It is rare that one author can provide such a gripping account of an event that is itself full of contradictory accounts. As the participants run for cover and attempt to discount each others testimony, Emery maintains one voice and keeps the reader on track.
This should be read by anyone who's knowledge of Watergate is limited to a viewing of "All the President's Men". Emery has done us a great service by producing such a readable account of THE American scandal.
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