The Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency seemed like water torture, unfolding slowly on national television, with significant incriminating disclosures coming one-by-one over time, until the president’s party leaders told him he would be removed from office unless he resigned.
Much of the early, significant reporting about the 1972 break-in at the Democratic campaign office at the Watergate office building was done by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. I was 21 when the break-in occurred. I was 25 when the movie All The President’s Men was released. When I see Woodward or Bernstein, I think they should look like Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Such is the power of cinema.
Fast forward almost 50 years and Woodward is writing about presidents, again. This time, with Robert Costa. Their book is Peril, released on September 21. I plan to read it this fall. It will be a prelude to a big 2022 legal showdown over the events of January 6. Here’s some background reading from my favorite conservative publication, The Bulwark and a Fact Check by MSN.