Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate

Alicia Shepard, Author John Wiley & Sons $24.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-471-73761-2
In this double career biography, Shepard takes one of the most famous and influential episodes in twentieth-century journalism and shows how it affected the lives of the two Washington Post reporters who gave it life, chronicling the lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein from their pre-Post days to the present. Using a plethora of interviews with all the leading characters, as well as newly-unearthed archives, Shepard picks up where Woodward and Bernstein's All the President's Men leaves off, filling in the parts of the story that have been obscured by that title's massive popularity-""many have misread their fascinating story as being the only story""-and providing welcome context through vivid cultural snapshots. Shepard shows how the long shadow of their first book and its blockbuster film adaptation led to the duo's 1977 breakup, and how it haunted the rocky solo careers pursued by each. Separating the men from the myth, journalism professor Shepard provides an insightful, highly readable study for fans of journalism, U.S. politics and the work of ""Woodstein.""
Reviewed on: 10/01/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
Genre: Nonfiction
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