Sunday, August 16, 2009

Presidential Power On Trial

Noble, William. Presidential Power On Trial
Enslow 2009 128p 31.93 978-0-7660-3058-9 ms/hs Famous Court Cases that Became Movies (Enslow)

The Watergate hearings were one of the seminal events in the history of the United States. This book succinctly discusses the ramifications of the case and compares them to the award-winning movie. The Watergate hearings were one of the seminal events in the history of the United States. Never before had the President, the country's highest official, been accused of conspiring in illegal campaign activities and blatant abuse of power in its coverup. This fascinating account tells the story of the two investigative reporters who made it their business to track down the perpetrators of these crimes and tie them to the Office of the President and to Richard Nixon himself. With great aplomb, the author thoughtfully describes the crimes, the personalities of those involved, the court cases that evolved, and the eventual resignation of President Nixon. He carefully delineates the trials, the verdicts, and the consequences by highlighting the actions of the participants and intertwining the course of the actual events with those in the award-winning movie.
This lively and entertaining book provides a compelling narrative of these important events. It is well researched. Insightful, and remarkably objective in its tone and filled with a wealth of primary source quotations. The information is highlighted by black-and-white and color photographs, dramatic anecdotes, and insightful sidebar sections that tie the reality to the movie. The book ends with an appendix of the people involved, chapter notes, a glossary, a bibliography of books and web sites, and an index. There is, unfortunately, an incorrect date on the first page. S.Ogintz

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