A sympathetic Nixon

And sympathetic Watergate burglars in Thomas Mallon’s Watergate: A novel. As well as a pox on the houses of the mendacious journalists and Democrat pols who ran the coup that caused Nixon to resign and the first-offense burglars to suffer disproportionate prison sentences—imposed by a judge encouraged to overstep by his picture running on the cover of Time magazine.

All of whose 1970s-80s canonization has lately been questioned by historians. And of course it’s as well written as Mallon’s other novels, such as Henry and Clara, historical fiction about the aftermath of Lincoln’s asassination. With rich characterizations of even minor figures. You do have to remember the Watergate details because Mallon doesn’t go into many of them. But with Google and Wikipedia for refreshers you’re home free. Worth your time and money.

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