Watergate: A Novel

Watergate: A Novel

by Thomas Mallon
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Watergate: A Novel by Thomas Mallon

A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of 2012
A 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist

From one of our most esteemed historical novelists, a remarkable retelling of the Watergate scandal, as seen through a kaleidoscope of its colorful perpetrators and investigators.
 
For all the monumental documentation that Watergate generated—uncountable volumes of committee records, court transcripts, and memoirs—it falls at last to a novelist reconstruct some of the scandal’s greatest mysteries (who did erase those eighteen-and-a-half minutes of tape?) and to see this gaudy American catastrophe in its human entirety. In Watergate, Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew before now. Mallon achieves with Watergate a scope and historical intimacy that surpasses even what he attained in his previous novels, and turns a “third-rate burglary” into a tumultuous, first-rate entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307474650
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 304,163
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Thomas Mallon is the author of eight novels, including Henry and Clara, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Fellow Travelers. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and The Atlantic, among other publications.

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Watergate 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent fictional account of what it must have been like for those involved .
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Thomas Mallon has accomplished the impossible as far as I'm concerned. He has taken an almost too-well-known story and provided a new perspective, blending fictional characters seamlessly with the facts. I think what most surprised me, aside from the considerable wit and literary talent this novel required, is that it can be enjoyed by someone of any political persuasion -- or have I just spent too many years inside the Beltway? -- catwak
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I knew the final outcome of the drama, the book still held my attention well. There is enough mystery to keep you involved in the unfolding story of Watergate in this novel. The author makes a lot of assumptions about how people were feeling and thinking in response to the scandal, and he works in some conspiracy theory with regard to Dorothy Hunt, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel.
reader554 More than 1 year ago
I lived in Washington DC during the actual Watergate and have read many of the factual books so I was wondering what a novel would do with the explosive details. I found it grounded in facts; only the dialogs behind closed doors had to be invented. But the characters and the facts of their testimony gave the details a fierce truth.. It focused on some of the minor characters - Fred LaRue and possibly an invented liberal friend. I think anyone interested in this period of history would enjoy the read.
lbnj More than 1 year ago
I got lost a few times with some of the names as to who did what...All in all, enjoyed it as it gave a good insight to some of the workings of the Govt...
mocmoc More than 1 year ago
Great book. I love reading about Watergate and all the players. Reading a novel about the time was just plain fun. Awesome!!!
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Awesome novel about the oft-written scandal. Truly original and witty... a must- read for history fans. Mr. Mallon's next work will be greatly anticipated!!!
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dbharper More than 1 year ago
I have read a fair amount of non-fiction regarding this period of our political history and was looking forward to a novel on the same subject matter, On the whole, I think it added little to my understanding of Watergate. It was somewhat entertaining in parts, but overall it was barely average.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating look at the principals involved in the Watergate scandal. I bought the book just before leaving for trip to D.C. where my son lives across the street from the Watergate Hotel. I was able to walk around and sit in the courtyard, and view the building where it all started. This of course made the book much more fun to read. That being said, it was a very enjoyable read, even if I had not been in the vicinity. I had not realized how many of the principals involved actually lived in the Watergate Hotel. As a novel, Mallon was able to project the possible emotions all those involved were dealing with, giving them a human face as opposed to just a reporters take on the whole scandal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for a general review of the Watergate story, but nothing special to add excitement to the story