NIXON, RICHARD MILHOUS, President ]. WOODWARD, BOB and CARL BERNSTEIN. Original typescripts and carbons for early and alternate drafts of All the President's Men (1974), their bestselling journalistic account of the Watergate affair and the fall of t...
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NIXON, RICHARD MILHOUS, President ]. WOODWARD, BOB and CARL BERNSTEIN. Original typescripts and carbons for early and alternate drafts of All the President's Men (1974), their bestselling journalistic account of the Watergate affair and the fall of the Nixon Presidency, many pages with very extensive emendations, revisions, deletions and marginal notations in various hands, some addressed to or initialled by "B.W." and "C.B.," other notes and queries probably by Robert Fink, their researcher; the typescripts including multiple versions of certain key sections entitled: "The Trial," "Dirty Tricks," "National Security" and "Epilogue," [Washington, D.C. 1973-1974]. Totalling approximately 1000 pages, folio and 4to, most pages typed on 4- or 6-sheet newspaper carbon forms, many with originals and carbons still intact, with some 75 additional pages of background material (newspaper clippings, a Justice Department indictment of Donald Segretti, press releases, etc.) "DEEP THROAT," "DIRTY TRICKS," HUSH MONEY FOR "PLUMBERS," A TAPE WITH AN 18 1/2-MINUTE GAP AND A "CANCER WITHIN THE PRESIDENCY": TYPESCRIPT DRAFTS OF THE BOOK WHICH RECORDED THE FALL OF THE NIXON PRESIDENCY An extensive archive documenting the collaboration of Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein on All the President's Men , one of the most widely-read and influential pieces of investigative journalism of the modern era. (In one early typescript here, the book seems to have originally borne the title "Uncovering Watergate.") "On 17 June 1972, five agents of The Committee to Re-elect the President....were arrested in the act of burglarizing the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate complex...What was dismissed by the White House a 'a third-rate burglary attempt' touched off a chain of events that was to unravel the worst political scandal in U.S. history and for the first time force a President to resign...Over the next two years numerous misdeeds committed by or in the name of President Nixon were disclosed by investigative reporters, notably Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein....(De Gregorio, The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents , p.597). Many of the mysteries and controversies surrounding this dramatic series of events remain unresolved, and All the President's Men (plus a later sequel entitled The Final Days ) have themselves been subject to much criticism and re-evaluation, most notably by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin, Silent Coup: The Removal of A President (New York, 1991), which raises many troubling questions about Watergate, suggests that the highly visible Senate and House investigative committees and even the subsequent criminal investigations failed to reveal the real underlying motives and deeds of certain of Nixon's staff, and postulates new interpretations of much evidence first uncovered by Woodward and Bernstein. In any case, Woodward's and Bernstein's extensively revised typescripts, which preserve many deleted passages and paragraphs, reveal a great deal about the genesis of this important book and richly deserve further, detailed study. Provenance : Anonymous owner (sale, Sotheby's, 29 June 1982, lot 336).
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