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Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate
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On Sunday morning, June 18, 1972, only Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein showed up in the Washington Post newsroom to work on the strange story of the Watergate break-in. Neither one was particularly glad to see the other. Though they shared a fascination with the story, the only other thing they shared was a mutual distrust. But their synergistic partnership allowed them to do something neither could have done alone—and the results were historic.
After Watergate—the most important event for journalism, politics, and the presidency in the past one hundred years—Woodward and Bernstein became living legends throughout the world, leaving in their trail an indelible high-water mark that every American journalist has had to confront since. Their lives should have been golden from there—but how do you live the rest of your life knowing you've peaked by your thirtieth birthday?
Woodward and Bernstein told you what happened in All the President's Men; now, in Woodward and Bernstein, award-winning journalist Alicia Shepard tells you the rest of the story, including more about the recent dramatic revelation of Deep Throat's identity. Shepard takes a fresh, thought-provoking look at the duo known as "Woodstein." For the first time, Shepard separates myth from reality as she traces the life lessons of these iconic journalists before and after Watergate.
Even in their early days, their differences were clear: Woodward was straitlaced with a strong midwestern work ethic. Bernstein was a streetwise college dropout who worked his way up the newsroom ladder through raw talent. Bernstein was quick at seeing a story and knowing what it should be; Woodward made sure it got done and done well. Woodward was eager to please, inquisitive, and highly disciplined; Bernstein, while brilliant, was also irresponsible, with poor work habits that got him into trouble. He was on "probation" at the Washington Post when he was ordered to work through a weekend—his lucky break.
Shepard sorts through the lessons of their divergent paths, detailing how Bernstein's career stalled and fizzled while Woodward soldiered on to become the biggest brand in the newspaper business. Shepard's riveting tale is the sum of more than 175 interviews and never-before-seen archival materials, including the Watergate papers the pair sold to the University of Texas for $5 million. Woodward and Bernstein recalls the thriller-like pacing of All the President's Men while weaving together the long-awaited details the pair left out over thirty years ago.
""A thorough, diligent book. Shepard has unearthed a range of interesting details.""
--""The Washington Post""
""Shepard is far more interested in what happened [after Watergate], and in examining the uneasy rewards of early success. . . . She seems to have interviewed almost everyone with a connection to her subjects.""
--""The New Yorker""
""If ""All the President's Men"" was the ultimate work of journalistic sleuthing, Shepard's Woodward and Bernstein should be placed right next to it on every bookshelf. It is likely to endure as the definitive account of the lives of two men who changed journalism forever.""
--Michael Isikoff, Investigative Correspondent, ""Newsweek""
""Alicia Shepard has long been one of the nation's most important writers on journalism. Now she turns her attention to two of history's most famous journalists. Her book is a winner--penetrating, fascinating, and remarkably balanced.""
--Gene Roberts, former managing editor, ""The New York Times""
After Watergate--the most important event for journalism, politics, and the presidency in the past one hundred years--""Washington Post"" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein became living legends throughout the world. Now award-winning journalist Alicia Shepard separates myth from reality as she traces the life lessons of these two iconic journalists who helped topple a president. Sorting through their early lives and divergent careers since Watergate, Shepard offers a riveting tale that draws on more than 175 interviews and never-before-seen archival materials, including the newly opened Watergate papers. ""Woodward and Bernstein"" recalls the thrillerlike pacing of ""All the President's Men"" while weaving together the long-awaited details the pair left out over thirty years ago.
Based on new interviews and never-before-seen archival materials, ""Woodward and Bernstein"" takes a fresh, thought-provoking look at this unlikely journalistic duo. Thrown together by fate or luck, Woodward and Bernstein changed the face of journalism and the American presidency. For the first time, Shepard separates myth from reality as she traces the lives of the iconic journalists before and after Watergate.
About the Author
Alicia C. Shepard is a regular contributor to ""People"" and the ""Washingtonian."" She teaches journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and has won three National Press Club awards for her media criticism in the ""American Journalism Review.""
Table of Contents
1. The Up and Comers.
3. The Best Obtainable Version of the Truth.
4. In Demand.
5. The Source to End All Sources.
6. The Double-Edged Sword.
7. When Are You Going to Screw Up?
8. Bernstein Unchaperoned.
9. Mr. Carte Blanche.
11. Piercing the Veil.
12. The Revelation.
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