By (author) Thomas Mallon

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 28mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 8 January 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0307474658
  • ISBN 13: 9780307474650
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 354,874

Product description

A" New York Times" Notable Book A "Washington Post" Notable Book A "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" Best Book of 2012 A 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist From one of our most esteemed historical novelists, 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 reconstruct 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. Mallon achieves with "Watergate" a scope and historical intimacy that surpasses even what he attained in his previous novels, and turns a "third-rate burglary" into a tumultuous, first-rate entertainment.

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Author information

Thomas Mallon is the author of eight novels, including "Henry and Clara," "Dewey Defeats Truman," and "Fellow Travelers." He is a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker," "The New York Times Book Review" and "The Atlantic," among other publications.

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"A master of the historical novel turns Watergate into a dark comedy . . . with Nixon as a sort of Malvolio--comical, pitiable, tragic." --"Newsweek " "With great aplomb, historical novelist Thomas Mallon reimagines the operatic drama of Watergate through the eyes of the gang-who-couldn't-wiretap-right, filling in the blanks." --"Vanity Fair" "Mallon writes with such wit and psychological acuity as he spins this carousel of characters caught in a scandal that's constantly fracturing into new crises." "--The Washington Post" " " "Historical fiction that unfolds with the urgency of a thriller . . . Mallon persuasively teases out the psychological drama of a story with a foregone conclusion." --"The New Yorker" " " "Wildly entertaining from beginning to end . . . audacious . . . a first-rate novelistic imagination." --"Fort Worth""Star-Telegram" "We're propelled forward and kept highly entertained by the colorful characters, the delicious insider details, the intelligence of the dialogue. . . . What Mallon captures particularly well is the fundamental weirdness and mystery at the center of the scandal. . . . It appears that Mallon's primary goal, one he achieves with great finesse, is to make the portrayals of his characters as believable as possible." --"New York Times Book Review" "In [Mallon's] practiced hands--this is not his first fling at historical fiction--the festering mess of 1972-74 becomes almost fun, actually funny, and instructive about how history can be knocked sideways by small mediocrities. . . . Mallon uses his literary sensibility and mordant wit to give humanity to characters who in their confusions and delusions staggered across the national stage . . . let Mallon be your archaeologist, excavating a now distant past that reminds us that things could be very much worse. They once were."" --"George F. Will, "The Washington Post" ""Watergate "is the sort of book that will en