The Watergate Scandal

The Watergate Scandal

by Kathleen Tracy
     
 

Under the cover of darkness, a team of burglars broke into the Democratic National Committee's headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. By a fluke, they were discovered by an observant security guard and arrested. At first glance it appeared nothing more than a random break-in. But when two Washington Post reporters began digging deeper into the background of the burglars… See more details below

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Under the cover of darkness, a team of burglars broke into the Democratic National Committee's headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. By a fluke, they were discovered by an observant security guard and arrested. At first glance it appeared nothing more than a random break-in. But when two Washington Post reporters began digging deeper into the background of the burglars, the trail led higher and higher and eventually straight to the White House—and into the Oval Office.

As the Watergate scandal unraveled, it turned into one of the United States' greatest Constitutional crises, pitting the judicial system against a paranoid President who believed he was above the law. When secret tapes of conversations between President Richard Nixon and his top aides were discovered, it proved that the White House was running a shadow government, leaving Nixon no choice but to resign or face certain impeachment. The Watergate scandal is a story of the dangers of unchecked power and the importance of a free press to be the public's eyes and ears.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Watergate traces the events that lead to Nixon's impeachment and resignation beginning with the start of the Vietnam War. Titanic chronicles the ship's fated voyage from design to destruction. While this topic is not new, Whiting offers a good introduction to the tragedy. He incorporates the new findings currently being argued, such as whether or not the sinking was due to the ship's design flaws or human misjudgment. Short chapters and the small trim size will appeal to readers who shy away from longer "report" books. However, the sophistication of the content (Watergate is particularly challenging as there are many players to keep straight) and the high reading level will put these titles outside of the range of less proficient readers. Overall, these are good supplemental purchases to round out collections.-H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584154709
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Monumental Milestones Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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