Thomas Mallon writes compactly about a huge maze of truth that happened thirty-eight years ago this coming August; the resignation of a US president. I was a teenager completely fascinated by Watergate, watching the daily Senate hearings, which usurped my favorite soaps. This was far before cable news and reporter opinions, rants, and rages. It was played out in solemn broadcasts that everyday brought a bombshell of something worse the president’s men had done, said, or failed to do or say. The heros/stars were the senators who worked to find out the truth. Mallon takes the view that President Nixon was more innocent than guilty, and I don’t agree as the daily question was, “How much did the president know?” The White House tapes answered the question, more in their gaps, than in the words. The book stresses the independent work of those men surrounding the president as causing the problems. Despite this glossover of guilt versus innocence, the book brings all the details together and takes the reader through to the end of the maze seamlessly. So to familiarize yourself about this country-shaking event as the 40th anniversary is here (May, 1972 is the anniversary of the Watergate break-in), read the book. It gives the many Watergate names human personalities (albeit fictionalized) and more importantly, human flaws–such as greed and an obsessive need to keep the power.