Watergate by Thomas Mallon audiobook

Watergate: A Novel

By Thomas Mallon
Read by Joe Barrett

Blackstone Publishing 9780307378729

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781455156405

  • ISBN: 9781455156399

  • ISBN: 9781455156412

  • ISBN: 9781455156436

Runtime: 15.90 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

2013 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist for Fiction

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this stealth bull’s-eye of a political novel, Thomas Mallon invests the Watergate affair with all the glitter, glamour, suave grace, and subtlety that it doesn’t often get. His cleverly counterintuitive Watergate even has the name-dropping panache of a Hollywood tell-all...[and a] fine, boisterous historical tableau...Readers who deem the book’s liberties too free can stick to the tonnage of Watergate memoirs, transcripts, investigative, and marginalia. More fun-loving types can take Watergate as lively, witty drama.” New York Times
“The ruthless, paranoid, sometimes farcically inept architects of America’s biggest political scandal seem more colorfully real than ever in this fictional portrayal.” “Titles to Pick Up Now,” O, The Oprah Magazine
“I was thrilled, captivated, deeply moved, and wholly subsumed by the world that Tom Mallon created…The book is fever dream, wolf whistle, and history as plain and simple human longing; the book encapsulates no less than everything. I finished the last page and wept for an hour; I remain stunned forty-eight hours later. The laughter, the horror, the pathos, the tawdry drama of small people and their fatuous lusts and drives—ever falling short but, somehow, achieving a transcendental interconnectedness. Watergate is certainly a masterpiece. More importantly, it is a concurrently credible and fantastic subversion of all our perceived notions of a smugly overreported event and an underscrutinized time and place…Here, Nixon himself achieves grandeur; here, he will live as the embodiment of glorious intransigence and twisted courage.” James Ellroy, New York Times bestselling author
“Mallon, astute and nimble, continues his scintillating, morally inquisitive journey through crises great and absurd in American politics by taking on Watergate…Mallon himself is deliciously witty. But it is his political fluency and unstinting empathy that transform the Watergate debacle into a universal tragicomedy of ludicrous errors and malignant crimes, epic hubris and sorrow.” Booklist (starred review)
“If ever a historical event was worthy of a comic novel, it’s Watergate, and Mallon, with several outstanding historical novels to his credit, has the skills to write it. What a cast of characters we meet!…Mallon writes with such swagger that it all seems new again. A sure winner, for its subject and Mallon’s proven track record as a historical novelist, and because it’s good.” Library Journal
“Revisiting the history of the 70s with our favorite cast of characters…While billed as a novel, this book reads more like a documentary of a fascinating yet unlamented time.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Thomas Mallon

Author Bio: Thomas Mallon

Thomas Mallon is the author of the novels Henry and Clara, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Fellow Travelers, among others. He has been literary editor of GQ and is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the Atlantic, as well as other publications.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 15.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English