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Posted April 30, 2002
It's funny how although the book covers five presidents and their dealings with scandals, a good two thirds of Shadow focuses on Clinton alone. I gained a deeper understanding for the sacrifices a president and his family must make as well as an understanding for the complex legal system surrounding the office. Includes some fantastic detailed accounts of private conversations and events in the White House. The reporter who broke the Watergate story lives up to his name yet again.
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Posted November 17, 2000
Woodward's Premise is Interesting, Book Lacking
Bob Woodward's 'Shadow,' if written as the premise suggested, may have been a good book. This simply was not an investigation into the changes of the presidency stemming from Watergate. True, it does cover 6 presidencies, but only one subject is covered in detail: the Lewinsky scandal. This book is no different or better than any of the others focusing on Clinton and Lewinksky, and it is an insult that Woodward tries to place some historical spin on what is essentially a book describing what the Starr Report already revealed. I was hoping for some thorough political and historical commentary. What a disappointment!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2000
Down and Dirty look at the Modern Presidentcy
Woodward writes an amazing behind the scenes tale of the how Watergate has shaped the modern presidentcy. He uses this theme early and in the epilogue of the book, but for the most part the novel is an in depth look at the presidents themselves and the scandles that created scars on them that would last a lifetime, much like what happend to Nixon with Watergate. Woodword uses incredible detail in his sources getting the real story of each crisis through those who were involved on both sides of the incident. Each chapter keeps you wondering what next, and at the end Woodward doesn't come to a real conclusion, just one that Watergate has a profound impact on the modern presidentcy. I am very glad I got a chance to read this book and I consider it a true MUST READ for any historical finatic like myself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2008
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