The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address by Joseph Rodota

35098706I got excited about this book because I am a bit of a history nut for Watergate and Richard Nixon. So when I saw this book I knew I had to read it.

This was a very well researched book. There is an amazing amount of information and detail.

The book starts with the challenges of finding approval for the building and all the controversy of having a structure that would be taller than the monuments in Washington. At the time, this was a pretty avant-garde type of architecture, especially for Washington. I found it interesting that it was designed by an Italian architect.

The author did a good job of mirroring the events of the Watergate scandal and the scandals that surrounded the financing of the Watergate complex.

Because the complex was so convenient for politicians, ‘rivals’ would basically chit chat in the hall or cordially exist outside of the political arena.

My challenge with the book was that it got a bit mired in details sometimes and that impacted the flow of the story.

If you are a fan of Washington DC history, or of architecture, then this is definitely a book you would enjoy.

I gave it a 3/5 star rating on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from Edelweiss for a fair and honest review. (Thanks Edelweiss!)


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