Thomas Mallon: "Watergate: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

Thomas Mallon: "Watergate: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

It's been four decades since the Watergate burglars got caught in the act. A new novel re-imagines the events that followed and brought down the Nixon presidency. Diane talks with author, Thomas Mallon, about his fictional account of the Watergate scandal.

Nearly four decades have passed since the Watergate break-in. While the scandal may be ancient history to some, questions remain about events that brought down the Nixon presidency. Exactly who ordered the break-in of the Democratic Party headquarters and why? Why didn’t president Nixon destroy the Oval Office tapes? And why was a politican as smart as Richard Nixon brought down by a “third-rate burglary?” Answers remain elusive despite volumes of committee records, court transcripts, and memoirs. A new novel attempts to capture the mystery at the center of the scandal. Diane talks with author, Thomas Mallon, about his fictional account of the events surrounding Watergate.

Guests

Thomas Mallon

director of creative writing at George Washington University, author of seven novels, including "Bandbox," "Henry and Clara," and "Dewey Defeats Truman." Among his nonfiction books are "A Book of One's Own," "Stolen Words," and "Mrs. Paine's Garage." He's a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker," "The Atlantic Monthly," and other magazines.

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