Review of All the President's Men

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All the President's Men, written by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, is an account of the events concerning the break-in at the Watergate during Richard M. Nixon's term as President. Bernstein and Woodward have the most authority to write this book, as they uncovered most of the details. During the investigation, they were both reporters for the Washington Post. As the story was unfolding in Washington D.C., they were in a prime position to write about the investigation in great detail. No other reporter(s) did as much work on this case as they did. Although when writing, their names were often combined to form "Woodstein", they did their detective work in their own unique way. This is a classic piece of American history, and should be remembered as such.

The book was written to give insight into the process of pulling the facts from the shroud of secrecy they were covered in.

Although the end result is already known, the book manages to immerse the reader into the confusion and uncertainty of the time period. The book wastes no time in getting to the plot; it begins with the break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Convention.

This book is less biased than most, due to the simple fact that it is a reporter's job to find the cold, hard facts. Reporters are paid not to be biased, but to find the true story. In All the President's Men, Bernstein and Woodward acted as detectives. They found and interrogated sources, did follow-ups on FBI investigations, and sought phone records of people connected with the case. Their efforts and ingenuity were remarkable, for back then, there were not reports of government scandals everyday in the news. A president acting in a clandestine manner was unheard of;...