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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Rodota Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 20, 2018 ISBN: 9781538538623
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Opened in 1965 and located along the Potomac River in Washington, DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood, the Watergate became one of the capital’s chicest addresses, a hub for powerbrokers and the epicenter of a scandal that brought down a president. In The Watergate, writer and political consultant Joseph Rodota skillfully paints a vivid portrait of this historical landmark whose name has become an indelible part of the cultural zeitgeist.

Rodota introduces us to the Watergate’s movers and shakers, both famous and unknown, who made the Beltway tick over five decades. Anna Chennault was known as the “Tiger Hostess” for the lavish dinners and cocktail parties in her penthouse, where her companion Tommy Corcoran, Washington’s first “super lobbyist” played piano.

The irrepressible Martha Mitchell, wife of Nixon Attorney General and campaign manager John Mitchell, captivated the nation with a stream of outrageous interviews and phone calls from her Watergate duplex. The Watergate housed Nancy and Ronald Reagan’s California posse in the 1980s. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrated New Year’s Eve at the Watergate with Antonin Scalia and their spouses. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave chamber music concerts in her Watergate living room. Longtime residents Elizabeth and Bob Dole lived next door to Monica Lewinsky and her mother.

The Washington Post once favorably compared the Watergate to the Titanic: a concrete-and-steel version the luxurious ocean liner, ahead of its time. The Watergate is an engaging and eye-opening inside look at the passengers and crew of this legendary building.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joseph Rodota gives us the definitive history of the Watergate complex. Crime sleuths, politicos, fans of the rich and powerful, architects, gossipers, and renters everywhere will find The Watergate a fascinating and rewarding read. Rodota’s extraordinary eye for juicy detail made me feel as if I were peeking over the shoulders of the Watergate residents—and burglars. If you think you knew the Watergate story, you haven’t read this.”

    Donna Brazile, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and New York Times bestselling author

  • The Watergate tells the story of this incredible ‘city within a city,’ where some of history’s most colorful personalities have lived. In these pages, Joseph Rodota does what every historian aspires to do: he invites the reader to be a fly on the wall. During the Watergate’s heyday, you can almost hear the champagne glasses clinking at Jean-Louis. Rodota brings this iconic building to life in a way that no one has before him.”

    Kate Andersen Brower,New York Times bestselling author

  • “Joseph Rodota has written an engaging biography of a building—the Watergate—whose name is forever linked with the politics, intrigue, and power of Washington.”

    Karl Rove, former part-time resident of the Watergate

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About the Author

Joseph Rodota is a writer and consultant who has worked at the highest levels of politics in Washington and California. He worked in the Reagan White House and as a top aide to California governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and other outlets.

About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.