Lately I’ve been wallowing in Watergate, as people my age often do when they approach their anecdotage. Why, I remember it as if it were yesterday: the sweltering summer of 1973, the motionless air and the hum of cicadas across a suburban lawn, the cool of the shade on the side porch of a friend’s house where an ancient TV buzzed hour after hour with the high drama of the Senate Watergate hearings. A writer named Max Holland, a few years older than I, spent the summer glued to the hearings, too. After many years as a muckraking journalist, he has also returned to wallow, with grand results.
His new book, Leak, is an assault on the foundation myth of modern American journalism. It may indeed be true, as two generations of journalists and readers and moviegoers have been told, that one brave newspaper and two lonely reporters, the Washington Post’s Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, joined with a mysterious source called Deep Throat to bring down a power-mad president through pluck, patriotism, and the power of an independent press.
About the Author
Andrew Ferguson is the author, most recently, of Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College, which has just been published in paperback by Simon and Schuster.