Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Ten books that defined the 1970s

At LitHub Emily Temple tagged the ten books that defined the 1970s, including:
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, All the President’s Men (1974)

“It’s the work that brought down a presidency and launched a thousand reporting careers,” as Alex Altman put it in TIME. “It remains a testament to the power of shoe-leather reporting—and is perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.” Yes, Woodward and Bernstein changed the country with this book—or, to be precise, first with their reporting on Nixon and the Watergate scandal, next with this book, and finally with the film adaptation, because Robert Redford makes anything go down smoother. This, of course, was back in the 70s, when disco was in, we all had shag carpets, and Congress actually cared whether or not the American president was a corrupt liar. Indeed, Nixon resigned only a few months after the book’s publication. Better days, friends.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue