This Day In History: June 15

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On June 15, 1974,  Simon & Schuster releases All the President’s Men, the first definitive book about the Watergate scandal, authored by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters from The Washington Post who broke the explosive story. Two months later, President Richard Nixon resigns from office in disgrace.

In the book, Woodward and Bernstein told the behind-the-scenes story of unearthing the Watergate scandal, beginning with the 1972 burglary of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Complex, and revealing the full scope of the saga. The authors also introduced their mysterious source known as “Deep Throat.” Woodward and Bernstein became household names, heralding a new era of hard-hitting investigative journalism.

The Denver Post said this about All the President’s Men: “One of the greatest detective stories ever told.” Time magazine called the book “perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.” The New York Times dubbed it a “fast-moving mystery, a whodunit written with ease.”

In 1976, Woodward’s and Bernstein’s book was made into a movie by the same title, starring Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Warden. In 2014, Simon & Schuster released a 50th Anniversary Edition with a new foreword on what Watergate means today.