Rated: Rated 4.5 Stars
I read about this book in bookgirls Diary Contemporary Fiction Views "Watergate"
She gave it a pretty good review. Good enough that it made me want to read it for myself. At the time The Watergate Hearings were going on and televised I was one of those rare periods of my life when I had lots of time. We were getting ready to move overseas and I had taken the summer of 1974 off to pack and play. So I stayed glued to the television set because truthfully it all played like a soap opera to me. I would even take notes so that I could keep my husband up to date. I was very politically naive back in those days. I still have a very vivid picture in my mind of us sitting at a picnic bench in the Canadian Rockies listening a portable radio to the announcement that Nixon had resigned .
But on to the book. First off, it's a re-telling, written from various points of view. To quote bookgirl in her Diary on KOS " I did look at the reviews on amazon and they are pretty mixed over there. I really think that this is one of those books that while it's a pretty good read, you really had to "be there" to fully appreciate it. bookgirl also complains that the author has made the story into a farce. Well folks, that's exactly what it was. Watching the hearings from May until August 1973 that was exactly what I felt like I was watching. That's why it felt so much like a soap opera. At one point it seemed to me that the conspirators were all running around acting like Keystone Cops. I don't see how the author could have made it into more of a farce than it actually was. What idiots we elect! And STILL ARE!!!!!!!!!!!
I did like the authors explanation of how the 18 1/2 minute gap on the tape happened