Bringing Down A President: the Watergate Scandal

Bringing Down A President: the Watergate Scandal

A middle-grade retelling of Richard Nixon's downfall, Bringing Down A President: The Watergate Scandal is an inventive and timely look at one of the biggest scandals to ever rock our nation by Andrea Balis and Elizabeth Levy, featuring graphic novel style illustrations by Tim Foley.Comprised almost completely of primary source quotes (good thing Nixon's recorder was on) an...

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Bringing Down A President: the Watergate Scandal Reviews

  • Kayla

    This book was great. It explained a lot of the missing parts of the Watergate scandal that I was not aware of before. I loved the format, especially the "fly on the wall" concept; that was excellent. I also liked the fact that the authors included direct quotes from the people involved, even though these people had been formally classified as liars. After reading this book, I see many parallels between the Watergate scandal and the current Trump administration. And it scares me...

  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh

    Watergate was always a confusing part of history to me. It never was covered in school and there were so many people and events surrounding Richard Nixon's fall from grace and subsequent resignation. This book makes sense of all that in a very accessible format. I knew it was an important time in the history of the US and now I can see why more clearly. This is a book written for middle grade kids, but it would probably help adults who were a little fuzzy about those events, too. The events are

    Watergate was always a confusing part of history to me. It never was covered in school and there were so many people and events surrounding Richard Nixon's fall from grace and subsequent resignation. This book makes sense of all that in a very accessible format. I knew it was an important time in the history of the US and now I can see why more clearly. This is a book written for middle grade kids, but it would probably help adults who were a little fuzzy about those events, too. The events are narrated by a fly on the wall (literally), along with supporting direct quotes by the people involved, and instead of using photographs, the authors have chosen to use black and white (pencil?) illustrations. There is a lot of food for thought here, but one thing is certain - this is a book that will resonate with today's astute readers.

  • Ms. Yingling

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    Using direct quotes from wide variety of participants in the Watergate scandal and investigation, this book provides "Fly on the Wall" commentary on the events that happened from 1972 to 1974, with some additional back history about some of the people involved as well. I had never realized what a comedy of errors the whole thing was-- breaking into the Watergate, covering things up, bribing people right and left. Wow. There is a marvelous illustration of some of t

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    Using direct quotes from wide variety of participants in the Watergate scandal and investigation, this book provides "Fly on the Wall" commentary on the events that happened from 1972 to 1974, with some additional back history about some of the people involved as well. I had never realized what a comedy of errors the whole thing was-- breaking into the Watergate, covering things up, bribing people right and left. Wow. There is a marvelous illustration of some of the men who tried to hide out in a closet and got locked in that made me snort with laughter, especially since it has a real Mad Magazine vibe to the line drawing.

    This book does a great job at laying out events and explaining why things happened the way they did. The tone is very matter-of-fact, which could not have been an easy thing to do. My goodness. G. Gordon Liddy. He would have been fast friends with some current political figures today, I think! Oddly, most of the people come out looking fairly sympathetic as well; they had jobs to do for reasons that seemed like a good idea at the time, given the political environment. It seemed almost completely ludicrous, until I started trying to write a timeline of current political events in my mind.

    Do I understand the Watergate Scandal better now? Yes, temporarily. Like the bank failures of 1929, I suspect that I won't hold onto this understanding for long, but this was a fantastic book. I'll definitely be purchasing it-- it has enough information for research, but its short length and plentiful illustrations will make it easier for students to pick up for pleasure as well. Language arts teachers will appreciate the innovative style and ample use of primary source quotes.

  • Lorie Barber

    Great informational text with gaps filled in by a “Fly on the Wall.” Being aimed at a middle-grade audience, I wish it would have had fewer curse words. Some expletives were deleted, but others weren’t. A bit confusing for my 5ths. But an excellent resource on the powers of the presidency and what can happen when it’s run amok.

    Thank you to the publisher for sharing this with our reading group!

  • Betsy

    While it's billed as middle grades,

    is a great overview of Watergate for adults who never quite got the full story. I'm not old enough to have lived through Watergate, and just about every US history class I've ever taken has covered 1946 to about 1990 in about three sentences.

    While it's billed as middle grades,

    is a great overview of Watergate for adults who never quite got the full story. I'm not old enough to have lived through Watergate, and just about every US history class I've ever taken has covered 1946 to about 1990 in about three sentences.

    Thanks to the authors for clearing up a murky spot in my historical education.

    As an adult reader, a few things didn't quite hit the mark for me.

    The "Fly on the Wall" labels weren't really needed--without those markings, it still would have been clear when the text was quoting historical figures.

    Some of the pictures tried to be humorous, but they weren't too helpful in understanding what happened. In the line drawings, it was hard to tell apart many of the characters. I agree with the reviewers who said that photos would have been a better choice.

    They might pick it up to complete required research, but it probably wouldn't hold their interest as a voluntary read. Middle grades readers might be annoyed by sections explaining very simple concepts. At the same time, they might also be irritated that some key concepts are not explained.

    --3 stars for middle grades readers, but 4 for adults who want a primer on the subject.

  • Edward Sullivan

    Reviewed for professional publication.

  • Beth Bryden-miller

    Nope. I didn't think the literal "Fly on the Wall"narrator worked as a device. I thought the author couldn't get a handle on the middle grades audience in terms of what was explained in detail and what prior knowledge was assumed. I also thought they missed a great opportunity with the illustrations - I wanted them to better clarify the huge cast of characters involved but not so much.

  • Chelsea

    I thought this book was an interesting look at the Watergate Scandal and I actually learned a lot even though this topic was not new to me. I enjoyed the "fly on the wall" perspective which made it seem like you had an inside look to what was happening in the room. It included some curse words but they were within direct quotes and felt appropriate for getting the tone across. I think it would also appeal to reluctant readers who may find that sort of thing edgy and more interesting than a more

    I thought this book was an interesting look at the Watergate Scandal and I actually learned a lot even though this topic was not new to me. I enjoyed the "fly on the wall" perspective which made it seem like you had an inside look to what was happening in the room. It included some curse words but they were within direct quotes and felt appropriate for getting the tone across. I think it would also appeal to reluctant readers who may find that sort of thing edgy and more interesting than a more academic take on the subject. I would say this is more geared for a middle school or high school age.

    Thanks to NetGalley & the publisher for the chance to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alicia

    Reviewing for a professional magazine- see review in SLJ.

  • Namrata

    really interesting plot! this book sounds like my cup of tea! hope I can read it soon!!!

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