Jules Archer Victor S. Navasky - Essay

Victor S. Navasky

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The case for Jules Archer's "Watergate: America in Crisis" is quite simply that it is the first attempt at a comprehensive account of Watergate for young citizens….

Here is a tough-minded, skillful distillation of the Watergate events. The literary strategy is to tell the story not as it unfolded (as Woodward and Bernstein did in "All the President's Men") but as it happened. The style is clear but unpatronizing. The political premise and perspective are that Mr. Nixon was indeed "a crook."

Rather than pretending to present anything new, Mr. Archer recollects. Remember the "third-rate burglary attempt"? Where were you when John Mitchell said, "When the going gets tough the tough...

(The entire section is 540 words.)