Watergate, 36 Years Later

All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Even for non-political-junkies, this is one thrilling book. It unfolds like a great detective novel. I’ve read it 4 times now at least, and each time I’m stunned by the addictiveness of the storytelling. Bernstein and Woodward narrate their investigation from its inception, when the Watergate break-in truly appeared to be nothing but a “third-rate burglary” – and the 2 reporters didn’t much like one another. Plus, the story of Deep Throat, sprinkled throughout the book, is tantalizing. When W. Mark Felt was revealed to be Deep Throat in 2005, it was almost sad to lose the sense of mystery. But Bob Woodward’s publication of The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat helped soothe the pain; it’s a great story.