scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,168
Twenty-five years ago after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency Gerald Ford promised a return to normalcy My fellow Americans our long national nightmare is over President Ford declared But it was not The Watergate scandal and the remedies against future abuses of power would have an enduring impact on presidents and the country In Shadow Bob Woodward takes us deep into the administrations of Ford Carter Reagan Bush and Clinton to describe how each discovered that the presidency was forever altered With special emphasis on the human toll Woodward shows the consequences of the new ethics laws and the emboldened Congress and media Powerful investigations increasingly stripped away the privacy and protections once expected by the nations chief executive Using presidential documents diaries prosecutorial records and hundreds of interviews with firsthand witnesses Woodward chronicles how all five men failed first to understand and then to manage the inquisitorial environment The mood was mean Gerald Ford says Woodward explains how Ford believed he had been offered a deal to pardon Nixon then clumsily rejected it and later withheld all the details from Congress and the public leaving lasting suspicions that compromised his years in the White House Jimmy Carter used Watergate to win an election and then watched in bewilderment as the rules of strict accountability engulfed his budget director Bert Lance and challenged his own credibility From his public pronouncements to the Iranian hostage crisis Carter never found the decisive healing style of leadership the first elected post-Watergate president had promised Woodward also provides the first behind-the-scenes account of how President Reagan and a special team of more than 60 attorneys and archivists beat Iran-contra They turned the Reagan White House and United States intelligence agencies upside down investigating the president with orders to disclose any incriminating information they found A fresh portrait of an engaged Reagan emerges as he realizes his presidency is in peril and attempts to prove his innocence In Shadow a
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA