Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (Paperback)
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Twenty-five years ago, after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, Gerald Ford promised a return to normalcy. "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over," President Ford declared.
But it was not. The Watergate scandal, and the remedies against future abuses of power, would have an enduring impact on presidents and the country. In Shadow, Bob Woodward takes us deep into the administrations of Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton to describe how each discovered that the presidency was forever altered. With special emphasis on the human toll, Woodward shows the consequences of the new ethics laws, and the emboldened Congress and media. Powerful investigations increasingly stripped away the privacy and protections once expected by the nation's chief executive.
Shadow is an authoritative, unsettling narrative of the modern, beleaguered presidency.
About the Author
Bob Woodward is an associate editor at "The Washington Post", where he has worked for forty-one years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for "The Washington Post"'s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh.
The New Yorker
Woodward is still a reporting god....Shadow contains vivid details, might-have-beens, and events hitherto unknown.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Shadow is a master class in political reporting...breathtaking, disturbing, and fun...If you eat up political gossip, this is a gallon of premium ice cream, a tub of hot fudge and a long spoon....Shadow is a damning indictment of government-by-special-prosecutor.
Captivating....Woodward's revealing book provides the clearest picture to date of how close Clinton came to losing his job -- and his marriage -- and how isolated the president became as Monica [Lewinsky]'s story unfolded.
But the anecdotes...oh, the anecdotes! Shadow is swimming in them....Shadow is an engrossing work. And no one -- no one -- but Bob Woodward could have written it.
The Washington Post
Shadow is a meticulously documented chronicle of self-delusion and self-pity. It is like an illuminated manuscript expanding on an old adage, "Honesty is the best policy." It is also riveting reading.
The New York Times
What drove Kenneth Starr?...As good an answer as any, I think, emerges from Bob Woodward's new book, Shadow.
Woodward is the Energizer Bunny of investigative journalists, still going strong 25 years after forcing Richard M. Nixon from office with revelations about Watergate....Presidential candidates should read this book -- and consider themselves warned.
United Press International
The chapters on the Clinton administration are poignant and painful for mistakes made and many regrets, for reputations lost and epic disillusionment after working at the White House.
Woodward does an excellent job of laying out how each president, starting with Gerald Ford and extending through Bill Clinton, failed to heed the lessons Nixon learned the hard way....This highly readable book tells a bleak cautionary tale of warning signs not heeded.
M. Charles Bakst
The Providence Sunday Journal
Investigative journalist Bob Woodward has a new book you should read. And I can think of a couple of guys who absolutely need to read it and take it to heart. They are Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore, leading 2000 Republican and Democratic White House candidates.