"All The President's Men" Book Review.

Essay by wardrooney10 September 2005

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"All the President's Men" was one of the most difficult books I have ever read and I am glad that I was able to force myself through the book. "All the President's Men" is a story of mystery, power and corruption. The scandal covered in this book was the Watergate break in. The story begins by giving the background information on Carl Bernstein and Robert Woodward, the main characters of the story. Woodward, a 29-year-old graduate from Yale and former member of the navy, works as a reporter for The Washington Post just like Bernstein. Bernstein is a 28-year-old college dropout who started his work with the post at the age of 16 and three years later became a full time reporter. Bernstein and Woodward had some similarities but were noticeably different. And it was these differences that eventually made them a powerful team.

Woodward's and Bernstein's knowledge of each other prior to teaming up was basically limited to office rumors.

When the Watergate break in story first arose there was obvious competition between the two. Both working off their separate leads were fighting for the right to solely cover the story. Despite their initial efforts and wishes they ended up working on the story together under the name of Woodstein. In order for the team to work they both agreed to some essential rules including the rule that under no circumstances could one publish something on the Watergate stories without the other's permission. Also both felt that it would be a good idea to keep their sources to themselves for many reasons.

Woodward and Bernstein wasted no time on covering the story and made a list of leads to check daily. Among this list was Bachinski, the night police reporter for the Post. Bachinski was a valuable source...