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The Watergate : inside America's most infamous address, Joseph Rodota

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The Watergate : inside America's most infamous address
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The Watergate
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inside America's most infamous address
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Joseph Rodota
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Watergate
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inside Americas most infamous address
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eng
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"A biography of Washington's most famous apartment complex -- the buildings with a thousand stories of the notables who have lived there"--
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  • Political consultant Rodota chronicles the history of the D.C. address known as the Watergate from its conception in 1960 in the offices of the Italian construction company SGI to its present place in the registry of historic landmarks. An integral part of the Watergate story is the 1972 break-in at the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee, but Rodota doesn’t overemphasize that incident; he happily careens from the break-in to lesser-known but significant Watergate-connected scandals, including a gay prostitution ring that did business at the Watergate Hotel, the Clinton-Lewinsky affair (relevant because of Monica Lewinsky’s Watergate residence), and a host of other misdeeds and transgressions that either occurred at the Watergate or were perpetuated by Watergate residents. Rodota includes innumerable anecdotes about both ordinary and rich and powerful Watergate dwellers, among them cabinet members, senators, and political operatives. He also devotes energy to the Watergate’s controversial architecture and the zoning battles that surrounded its planning and construction, as well as the high-wire financial challenges faced by the development’s Watergate Hotel. This account mixes history, finance, and high-level political gossip to evoke the Watergate complex’s mystique. Agency: Sterling Lord Literistic. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 02/19/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 8, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Watergate is ingrained in our cultural memory as the 1974 scandal that brought down U.S. President Richard Nixon. Rodota, an advisor to President Ronald Reagan and California governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, offers an engaging history of the Watergate complex in Washington, DC—celebrity residents, the hotel, and upscale restaurant—which the Washington Post called, "the Potomac Titanic with no icebergs or steerage class." Included is a lively account of the disagreements between developers of Watergate, which opened in 1965, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the District's Zoning Commission, as they tried to agree on a design that would enhance the surroundings' natural beauty without overwhelming the neighboring John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Stories of many residents, including controversial would-be diplomat Anna Chennault, architect Luigi Moretti, chef Jean-Louis Palladin, and White House intern Monica Lewinsky make for a brisk narrative, as Rodota vividly recounts this place to be for political royalty during the Nixon and Reagan years, despite repeated incidents of inside burglaries, water damage, and faulty appliances. VERDICT A fascinating account, part history, part society page, which will appeal to a wide audience of general readers and those intrigued by architectural history. --Karl Helicher (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 1, p111)
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collective biography
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10619884
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Rodota, Joseph
Dewey number
647.09753
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  • illustrations
  • plates
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Watergate (Washington, D.C.)
  • Celebrities
  • HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)
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inside America's most infamous address
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The Watergate : inside America's most infamous address, Joseph Rodota
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1912168
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24 cm
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First edition.
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420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780062476623
Lccn
2017038745
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  • (Sirsi) i9780062476623
  • (OCoLC)1013992663
Label
The Watergate : inside America's most infamous address, Joseph Rodota
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1912168
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062476623
Lccn
2017038745
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062476623
  • (OCoLC)1013992663

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