The final days

by Bob Woodward

Other authorsCarl Bernstein (Joint Author.)
Hardcover, 1976

Call number

973 WOO



New York : Simon and Schuster, c1976.


The Washington Post reporters draw on interviews, leaks, and investigations to reconstruct the events and circumstances, in and outside the White House, during the unsettled and unsettling final weeks of the Nixon administration.

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LibraryThing member ague
The history is fascinating. After a while the writing is intolerable. Became too boring to finish.
LibraryThing member wenegade
Interesting, but I've heard that some of the claims made here are questionable at best.
LibraryThing member libraryhermit
After finishing All the President's Men, it was natural to continue reading directly on into this sequel.
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.
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LibraryThing member mrminjares
This book gives an incredibly detailed account of the events starting with the Congressional investigation of Watergate that lead to the resignation of President Nixon. It is a gripping story of battles fought; principles tested; political maneuvering; and a portrait of loyalties and pride in the Nixon Whitehouse. We see Nixon and his staff attempt to outmaneuver the special Watergate prosecutors Jaworski and Cox, who alternately succeed and fail as disloyal legislators and former staff make statements and reveal information that is damaging and unexpected. Nixon thinks he can control the situation, and as he slowly realizes he cannot, he relies on loyalties and trust to see him through. But neither the staunch Republican leaders in Congress, nor his four Supreme court appointees will side with him. Even his own personal lawyers struggle to be faithful to their client and to their ethical duty. Soon enough they and the family learn that Nixon has been lying to them all. This is a dramatic portrait of a man and an episode that goes down as one of the most difficult tests of the American constitutional system.… (more)
LibraryThing member hemlokgang
What a fascinating read. I was 16 years old when President Nixon resigned. I have vivid memories of my mother glued to the television screen during the Watergate hearings. Now, as an adult, reading this detailed a counting of Nixon's final months in office I am struck by the similarity between Nixon and Trump's personalities. This account bvb thing was riveting to read. The perpetual state of limbo in which Nixon's loyal staffers existed is hard to fathom. The differentiation between the man and the office, as well as a President's sense of being a person who will be assessed by historians was quite powerful. I do not envy anybody who works for a boss who lies. I also finish reading this book thinking that it seems next to impossible to be in politics and to maintain one's integrity.… (more)
LibraryThing member gmicksmith
This has to be one of the definitive books on Nixon's last days, appears to be based on sound research, and deriving from the journalistic rock stars Woodward and Bernstein it will remain influential for some time. Nixon was a complex man and the journalistic pair may to harshly misunderstand him. For example, just before resigning the writers report he is suicidal, and yet, not long after and publicly he was composed and completely rational. The truth is elusive. Nonetheless, there are memorable scenes, Nixon down on his knees praying with Kissinger portrays an indelible image.… (more)




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