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February 28, 2013


I enjoyed all three books you cite, though I remember The Brethren being particularly flattering to Rehnquist...and it was Tony Kushner of all people who once mentioned in passing that he thought The Final Days passage about Nixon trying to chew the childproof cap off the aspirin bottle was a little much.

But alas, Bob sounds like someone who's spent too much time with the Serious People...and hell, might even have some regrets about using Tricky Dick as his meal ticket. If I remember, in All The President's Men Woodward admitted prefering Nixon over Kennedy in 1960...and maybe it's just me, but his more-than-occasional verbal tics -- when relatively simple if multisyllabic words seem to baffle him into robotic intonation -- are, IMHO, the verbal equivalent of the Trickster's general awkwardness.

They were all written with collaborators instead of research assistants and interns, which is why they're more readable.

he's a prima donna that isn't talnted anymore.

I stopped taking Woodward seriously when he started channeling Deathbed Bill Casey. And for you young'uns, that was a long-ass time ago.

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