Watergate in American Memory: How We Remember, Forget, and Reconstruct the Past

Michael Schudson, Author Basic Books $24 (282p) ISBN 978-0-465-09084-6
Multiple, conflicting versions of the Watergate scandal coexist in the public's collective memory, according to University of California sociologist Schudson. To leftists, the scandal was managed by establishment forces to preserve the national security state. The moderate-liberal version holds that ``the system almost failed'' and views Watergate as a crisis over presidential abuses of power, while conservatives identify a recklessly autonomous press as a threat to the social order. Published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters, this intensive, evenhanded academic study challenges ``the myth of Watergate journalism,'' which holds that the press alone brought down Nixon. Using surveys, interviews and news clips, Schudson clarifies the meaning of Watergate as a social process of discovery and outrage, a constitutional crisis and a contribution to the public's political education. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-465-09083-9
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