The man who "brought down a sitting president" 25 years ago has just released another pulpy, drama-in-real-life account of men in high places. Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate bemoans the culture of scandal surrounding the modern presidency and includes the usual assortment of fly-on-the-wall anecdotes strung together like a TV movie.
Reviewing The Choice in 1996, Jonathan Alter called Woodward a "mindless Sir Edmund Hillary: He climbs for the detail because it is there, gettable by him, even if it tells us nothing." A year later David Corn deconstructed a typical Woodward exposé-cum-fact-dump in the Washington Post. And in March "Chatterbox" excerpted a suck-up letter from Woodward to one of his secret sources for The Agenda--Bill Clinton.