A single event 45 years ago this week ended up forever changing Americans’ perceptions of the presidency.
The burglary at the Watergate Office Building in Washington on June 17, 1972, consumed the administration of Richard M. Nixon until the president’s resignation a little more than two years later. “Dirty tricks” entered the national consciousness, and a constitutional crisis revolved around whether any president was truly above the law.
Take a break from the news of the day and find out more about this story of true crime and intrigue.
All the President’s Men
Authors: Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
The inside story of perhaps the greatest work of journalism, complete with a shadowy figure lurking in a parking garage offering details of a mind-blowing political cover-up. The Washington Post reporters won the Pulitzer for their coverage.
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
Author: John Dean
The former White House counsel was being pushed into the role of scapegoat when he agreed to cooperate with Senate investigators. In June 1973, under immunity, Dean testified the scandal and cover-up reached all the way to the president. This book captures Dean’s own notes, supported by files kept at the National Archives and Nixon Library.
To Set the Record Straight: The Break-In, The Tapes, The Conspirators, The Pardon
Author: John J. Sirica
The federal judge was little known before presiding over the Watergate burglary case. He rose in stature to become Time’s Man of the Year in 1973 for ordering President Nixon to release recordings of Oval Office conversations.
And if you’re truly in for the cold hard facts, check out the Senate Watergate Report, the complete findings of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities.