'The Final Days' is the behind-the-scenes account of Richard Nixon's dramatic last months as president. Moment by moment, Bernstein and Woodward portray the taut, post-Watergate White House as Nixon, his family, his staff, and many members of Congress strained desperately to prevent his inevitable resignation.
Written by these two men very early in their careers.
Rapid pace without stopping for analysis or reflection. For readers seeking those approaches, a different book would be necessary. But for what it seeks to achieve, this book definitely fits the bill. The observers were right there at all the hearings. Of course they were excluded from seeing what happened behind the scenes in Nixon's office, but so was the rest of the public. I feel that the American public and the world-wide audience of these two journalists were very well served by this account.
Many people are currently concerned about the state of journalism in the world, in light of the concentration of ownership of the news-producing media. But of course the two authors are still active, and I will need to check their more recent work to see if their styles have changed and what their viewpoints are about current events.
Definitely I recommend this book to all readers.
I did read comments on other reviews that the book may not be all true. Oh well, I still like the book. I will have to work as a fact checker and find out which parts are not true. No, just kidding, I will not check all the facts. But it still is an interesting book to read, purely for entertainment. Since every reported fact is possibly wrong, I will just go by the quote from Thomas Mann who said that books are not meant to be believed, but are to be subject to inquiry.