Watergate

By Thomas Mallon
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307474650, 448pp.)

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

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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.




About the Author
Thomas Mallon is the author of the novels "Henry and Clara", " Dewey Defeats Truman", and "Fellow Travelers", among others. He has been literary editor of "GQ" and is a frequent contributor to the" New Yorker" and the "Atlantic", as well as other publications.
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