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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Originally published in 1975, Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal was the book that best captured the extraordinary upheaval of America in the Watergate years. The book that established Drew’s reputation as one of the shrewdest and sharpest writers on American politics, Washington Journal took in the emerging scandal with tremendous

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Originally published in 1975, Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal was the book that best captured the extraordinary upheaval of America in the Watergate years. The book that established Drew’s reputation as one of the shrewdest and sharpest writers on American politics, Washington Journal took in the emerging scandal with tremendous clarity and force.
Unfolding over the course of a single year, from September 1973 to August 1974, Washington Journal is the record of the near-dissolution of a nation’s political conscience—told from within. In these pages, we see corruption in its most prosaic and grandest forms, along with occasional flashes of decency, ethics, and humanity, and other sights rarely witnessed in the wilds of the capital. The result is a book that brings to life Washington in all its complexity and contradiction.
Cool and understated—and all the more devastating for its understatement—Washington Journal was hailed upon its publication as a landmark work of journalism. With an introduction that brings this all too relevant book squarely into the present, Washington Journal is available again, at long last, ready for its place in the pantheon of great writing about American politics.

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
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.”

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
 

 

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former Washington correspondent of The New Yorker and The Atlantic. She is the author of fourteen books, including The Corruption of American Politics, also available from The Overlook Press.

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