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Watergate's Forgotten Hero: Frank Wills, Night Watchman

Watergate's Forgotten Hero: Frank Wills, Night Watchman

by Adam Henig


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Nearly everyone who played a significant role in the Watergate saga has been scrutinized except one key participant: night watchman Frank Wills. On the morning of June 17, 1972, in Washington D.C, the twenty-four-year-old security guard was on duty at the Watergate Office Building when he detected a break-in. A high school dropout with only a few hours of formal guard training, Wills alerted the police who caught five burglars, ultimately igniting a national political scandal that ended with the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The only African American identified with the Watergate affair, Frank Wills enjoyed a brief moment in the limelight, but was unable to cope with his newfound fame, living the remainder of his life in obscurity and poverty. Through exhaustive research and numerous interviews, the story of America's most famous night watchman finally has been told.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476684802
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/26/2021
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 289,017
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Adam Henig’s writings have appeared Time, Tampa Bay Times, Washington Independent Review of Books, BlackPast, San Francisco Book Review and History News Network.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword JaQwan J. Kelly 1

Preface 3

1 "Impenetrable" Security 7

2 The Break-In 10

3 Savannah 19

4 North Augusta 33

5 Job Corps 42

6 Watergate 50

7 Metro Police 59

8 The Caper 67

9 Opportunity Knocks 80

10 Delusions of Grandeur 90

11 From Bad to Worse 109

12 Downward Spiral 128

13 "I've Done My Work" 144

Epilogue 159

Chapter Notes 165

Bibliography 183

Index 195

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