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Mallon’s novel is a White House look at Watergate

Published 03/10/2012, Newsday

Blending tragedy and comedy, Mallon’s mesmerizing new novel “Watergate,” tells its tale slant. We never witness the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office-apartment complex in Washington, nor the subsequent Senate hearings, nor the special prosecutor’s investigation of Republican “dirty tricks” and White House cover-ups, nor the breathless newspaper coverage. Instead, we view events from the perspective of President Nixon’s embattled White House and that of his allies.

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