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Peter Canellos | Character Sketch

Bob Woodward makes himself the story

On April 18, Bob Woodward will reunite with his long-ago partner Carl Bernstein at a screening of the new documentary “All the President’s Men Revisited.” It’s a chance to relive, once again, the greatest triumph in journalism history. The story of the Watergate break-in brought down a president. It also created a legend, that of two Washington Post reporters who simply followed the facts — actually, a trail of illegal payments — to the door of the White House. Like Charles Lindbergh achieving at 25 a feat that had eluded the world’s greatest aviators, two 30-year-old journalists nailed the story that the mandarins of the Washington press corps had somehow missed.

Bernstein eventually tried, with limited success, to move on from Watergate; Woodward, however, practically moved in and set up shop for the next 40 years. His roughly biannual bestsellers — wooden in their prose, fascinating in their details — quickly became the definitive accounts of goings-on in the capital.

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