A Novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (13 discs)
Product Number: DD2073
Released: Feb 01, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781455156405
Narrator/s: Joe Barrett
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From one of our most esteemed historical novelists comes a remarkable retelling of the Watergate scandal, as seen through a kaleidoscope of its colorful perpetrators and investigators. For all the monumental documentation that Watergate generated-uncountable volumes of committee records, court transcripts, and memoirs-it falls at last to a novelist to perform the work of inference (and invention) that allows us to solve some of the scandal's greatest mysteries-who did erase those eighteen-and-a-half minutes of tape?-and to see this gaudy American catastrophe in its human entirety. In Watergate, Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew before now. Praised by Christopher Hitchens for his "splendid evocation of Washington," Mallon achieves with Watergate a scope and historical intimacy which surpasses even that attained in his previous novels and turns a "third-rate burglary" into tumultuous, first-rate entertainment.

Author(s): Thomas Mallon
Awards:2013-Fiction-Finalist-Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction

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Author(s): Thomas Mallon
Narrator(s): Joe Barrett
Product Number Z100097790
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483072791
Author(s): Thomas Mallon
Product Number EB00172996
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307907080

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"While the story of the Watergate scandal has been covered in numerous nonfiction books, only now has an honored historical novelist imagined the colorful characters of the Nixon administration. Ably aided by narrator Joe Barrett, Mallon captures the essence of the people behind the headlines and creates a behind-the-scenes look at life in the early 1970s. Barrett fights the urge to fully imitate the well-known voices but tints his performance with just the right tones. Mallon characterizes incidental players who are thrust into the public spotlight during the scandal, such as Rosemary Woods, with empathy, and Barrett's delivery reflects the author's humanity. This depiction of the famous "third-rate burglary" and the subsequent cover-up that brought down a president is enlightening and entertaining. R.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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