Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall

Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall

by Elizabeth Drew
     
 

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Forty years after the tumultuous events that led to Richard Nixon’s historic downfall, a new edition of the legendary Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal, featuring a brilliant new afterword
Originally published soon after Richard Nixon's resignation, Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal is a landmark work of political journalism. Keenly

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Forty years after the tumultuous events that led to Richard Nixon’s historic downfall, a new edition of the legendary Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal, featuring a brilliant new afterword
Originally published soon after Richard Nixon's resignation, Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal is a landmark work of political journalism. Keenly observed and hugely insightful, Washington Journal opens in 1973 and follows the deterioration of Richard Nixon’s presidency in real time.
With her unprecedented access to the top figures, Drew’s on-the-scene reporting is even more remarkable in hindsight, as Washington Journaldoes what no other book about that period has done or could do:captures the feeling of the period and reports in real time conversations with the key decision-makers as they made up their minds about the most fateful vote they would cast. It also shows us the sense of fear among both close observers and the citizenry, as well as their nervous laughter at the era's absurdities. Elizabeth Drew understands Richard Nixon as well as this most complex figure can be understood, and she shows how he brought himself down. In Washington Journal, Drew takes us along on what she calls "a wild ride through history."
This new edition of Washington Journal includes an important new afterword, which reveals the fascinating—and frequently hilarious—story of Nixon’s efforts to regain respectability after he’d been forced from office, and it also offers original insights into the meaning of Watergate and Richard Nixon. Rich with new information unavailable at the time, the afterword is a major addition to a truly unique and enduring work of reportage.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Forty years after the greatest scandal of the American presidency, Elizabeth Drew’s account in Washington Journal remains fresh and riveting, instructive and evocative. Her afterword on Nixon’s post-Watergate life is equally compelling.” —Tom Brokaw
 
“A journal so meticulous, so coolly absorbing as to render the year almost reasonable.” —Joan Didion
 
“Indispensable . . . Superb . . . [Drew] has succeeded admirably in coolly, clinically, meticulously recording the way it was. Her work is bound to be indispensable.” —The Washington Post
 
“Of all the books on Watergate, this is the one that will last.” —John W. Gardner
 
“Elizabeth Drew made me feel again the strong emotions of those extraordinary months in 1974 when Richard Nixon was unmasked—the doubt, the tension, the relief. It was a time in our lives when the Constitution came alive, and she makes us understand how it happened. It is wonderful to be reminded.” —Anthony Lewis
 
“A sober, thorough, and sensitive report.” —The New York Times Books Review

"One of the pioneers of women in journalism." —Chuck Todd, MSNBC

“Like nothing else I’ve ever read about that period, really shows what it was like to be there.” —Molly Ball, The Atlantic
 
“Full of observations and sensory details that give the word ‘Watergate’ meaning beyond the well-worn symbols of corruption and . . . From the first page, you feel that you are in smoggy, stuffy Washington, watching things get bizarre.” —Barnes and Noble Review
 
“A classic of American political journalism . . . Forty years later, it’s every bit as riveting.” —Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour

“Unquestionably the best book yet on Watergate, and conceivably the best we will ever get.” —Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone

“A true thriller.” —Houston Chronicle

 "[Washington Journal], originally published in 1975, closely chronicled the events leading up to and following the Watergate scandal. Forty years later, Nixon’s secret plan for career rehab is revealed in Drew’s new afterward, including attempts that Nixon made to stay relevant in the political world.” —Politico

"Compelling . . . a reminder that American politicians can rise and respond to crises." —Al Hunt, Bloomberg View
 

 

Tom Brokaw
“Forty years after the greatest scandal of the American presidency, Elizabeth Drew’s account in Washington Journal remains fresh and riveting, instructive and evocative. Her afterword on Nixon’s post-Watergate life is equally compelling.”
Joan Didion
“A journal so meticulous, so coolly absorbing as to render the year almost reasonable.

The Washington Post
“Indispensable . . . Superb . . . [Drew] has succeeded admirably in coolly, clinically, meticulously recording the way it was. Her work is bound to be indispensable.”
John W. Gardner
“Of all the books on Watergate, this is the one that will last.”
Anthony Lewis
“Elizabeth Drew made me feel again the strong emotions of those extraordinary months in 1974 when Richard Nixon was unmasked—the doubt, the tension, the relief. It was a time in our lives when the Constitution came alive, and she makes us understand how it happened. It is wonderful to be reminded.”
The New York Times Books Review
“A sober, thorough, and sensitive report.”
Chuck Todd - MSNBC
“One of the pioneers of women in journalism.”
Molly Ball - The Atlantic
“Like nothing else I’ve ever read about that period, really shows what it was like to be there.”
Barnes and Noble Review
“Full of observations and sensory details that give the word ‘Watergate’ meaning beyond the well-worn symbols of corruption and . . . From the first page, you feel that you are in smoggy, stuffy Washington, watching things get bizarre.”
Judy Woodruff - PBS Newshour
“A classic of American political journalism . . . Forty years later, it’s every bit as riveting.”
Greil Marcus - Rolling Stone
“Unquestionably the best book yet on Watergate, and conceivably the best we will ever get.”
Houston Chronicle
“A true thriller.

Politico
“[Washington Journal], originally published in 1975, closely chronicled the events leading up to and following the Watergate scandal. Forty years later, Nixon’s secret plan for career rehab is revealed in Drew’s new afterward, including attempts that Nixon made to stay relevant in the political world.”
Al Hunt - Bloomberg View
“Compelling . . . a reminder that American politicians can rise and respond to crises.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468309188
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
05/15/2014
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“Forty years after the greatest scandal of the American presidency, Elizabeth Drew’s account in Washington Journal remains fresh and riveting, instructive and evocative. Her afterword on Nixon’s post-Watergate life is equally compelling.” —Tom Brokaw
 
“A journal so meticulous, so coolly absorbing as to render the year almost reasonable.” —Joan Didion
 
“Indispensable . . . Superb . . . [Drew] has succeeded admirably in coolly, clinically, meticulously recording the way it was. Her work is bound to be indispensable.” —The Washington Post
 
“Of all the books on Watergate, this is the one that will last.” —John W. Gardner
 
“Elizabeth Drew made me feel again the strong emotions of those extraordinary months in 1974 when Richard Nixon was unmasked—the doubt, the tension, the relief. It was a time in our lives when the Constitution came alive, and she makes us understand how it happened. It is wonderful to be reminded.” —Anthony Lewis
 
“A sober, thorough, and sensitive report.” —The New York Times Books Review

"One of the pioneers of women in journalism." —Chuck Todd, MSNBC

“Like nothing else I’ve ever read about that period, really shows what it was like to be there.” —Molly Ball, The Atlantic
 
“Full of observations and sensory details that give the word ‘Watergate’ meaning beyond the well-worn symbols of corruption and . . . From the first page, you feel that you are in smoggy, stuffy Washington, watching things get bizarre.” —Barnes and Noble Review
 
“A classic of American political journalism . . . Forty years later, it’s every bit as riveting.” —Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour

“Unquestionably the best book yet on Watergate, and conceivably the best we will ever get.” —Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone

“A true thriller.”Houston Chronicle

 "[Washington Journal], originally published in 1975, closely chronicled the events leading up to and following the Watergate scandal. Forty years later, Nixon’s secret plan for career rehab is revealed in Drew’s new afterward, including attempts that Nixon made to stay relevant in the political world.” —Politico

"Compelling . . . a reminder that American politicians can rise and respond to crises." —Al Hunt, Bloomberg View
 

 

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor toThe New York Review of Booksand the former Washington correspondent ofThe New YorkerandThe Atlantic. She is the author of fourteen books, including The Corruption of American Politics, also available from The Overlook Press.

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