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2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the White House, and no book has captured the extraordinary upheaval of America during the Watergate years better than Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal. The book that established Drew’s reputation as one of the shrewdest and sharpest writers on American politics, Washington Journal took in the emerging scandal with tremendous clarity and force.
Unfolding over the course of a single year, from September 1973 to August 1974, Washington Journal is the record of the near-dissolution of a nation’s political conscience—told from within. Cool and understated—and all the more devastating for its understatement—Washington Journal was hailed upon its publication as a landmark work of journalism. With an introduction that brings this all too-relevant book squarely into the present, Washington Journal is available again, at long last, ready for its place in the pantheon of great writing about American politics.
Praise for Washington Journal:
“Forty years after the greatest scandal of the American presidency, Elizabeth Drew’s account in Washington Journal remains fresh and riveting, instructive and evocative. Her afterword on Nixon’s post-Watergate life is equally compelling.” —Tom Brokaw
“Of all the books on Watergate, this is the one that will last.” —John W. Gardner
“Indispensable…Superb…[Drew] has succeeded admirably in coolly, clinically, and meticulously recording the way it was. Her work is bound to be indispensable.”—Washington Post
“Unquestionably the best book yet on Watergate, and conceivably the best we will ever get.”—Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone
“A brilliant evocation on the downfall of Agnew and Nixon…[Drew] knew everybody involved, she covered every event, and she brought to her task the talents of a great reporter. There are books which tell these stories, but reading her journal is being there again, amid the falling masonry.”—John Chancellor
“A Sober, thorough, and sensitive report.”—The New York Times Books Review
“A true thriller.”—Houston Chronicle
Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former Washington correspondent of The New Yorker and The Atlantic. She is the author of fourteen books, including The Corruption of American Politics, also available from The Overlook Press.