THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A Summer Week in Washington

When it is all over, it may be one of the most eloquent stories that democracy has written. Not Richard Nixon and his squalid crew of fanatics, who created the scandal. But the men, women, nation and system that patiently, fairly and inexorably unraveled the mess and moved to set it right.

The main actors in this part of the Watergate drama form a remarkable profile of America. There is Frank Wills, the black guard who found the tape on the lock of a Watergate building door and called the police. Reporters Bob Woodward, an Ivy Leaguer, and Carl Bernstein, a...

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