Presidential Power on Trial: From Watergate to All the Presidents Men

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In 1971, seven men broke in to the office of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. Though President Richard Nixon said his administration was not involved, two reporters from the Washington Post uncovered a trail of illegal campaign activities that led to the White House and ultimately resulted in Nixon's resignation. Author William Noble describes the crime, the court cases, and the award-winning movie made about them.
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Overview

In 1971, seven men broke in to the office of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. Though President Richard Nixon said his administration was not involved, two reporters from the Washington Post uncovered a trail of illegal campaign activities that led to the White House and ultimately resulted in Nixon's resignation. Author William Noble describes the crime, the court cases, and the award-winning movie made about them.
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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
One in a series of seven about "Famous Court Cases That Became Movies," this title details the Watergate burglaries and other events that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974 and relates those events to the movie All the President's Men. The movie tells the story of the Washington Post's revelations that led to the President's resignation. Told in seven chapters, it begins with the Watergate burglaries and other illegal events planned by President Nixon and his staff, attempts to cover up the activities, the Washington Post's efforts to reveal the story to the public, and the eventual trial and resignation of the president and his co-conspirators. The 1976 movie about the two Washington Post reporters' efforts to get the story is interwoven with the telling of the real events. Because of the many players and scenarios, it is a very complex story to keep straight, even for high school aged readers. Hopefully, teachers will provide a diagram to help students make sense of it all, as most teachers today probably were too young when the actual events took place. It is an important story but a complicated one. Many photographs are included and the final chapters review the historical significance of this period in history. An appendix of who's who, a glossary, an index, and sources for further study are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766030589
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Famous Court Cases That Became Movies Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Letter 5

2 The Crime 12

3 The Path to Court 29

4 The Trial 48

5 The Verdict and Its Consequences 59

6 The Movie: All the President's Men 88

7 The Impact and Historical Significance of the Watergate Case 103

Appendix: Who's Who in the Watergate Case 112

Chapter Notes 116

Glossary 122

Further Reading and Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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