In Watergate: A Novel, Thomas Mallon captures the weirdness and complexity of the Watergate mystery. When reading the novel, I found it interesting how there was really no head of the operation. No one seemed to have a specific name as to who was behind the order of the break-in. Mallon does a great job showing how although many were involved, it was a complex web of connections amongst the key players that had no one as the main culprit. I believe this complexity and mystery is shown right of the bat with The Players section in which Mallon lists and describes all the characters of the novel. This seemed to me as sort-of an overkill seeing that some characters were lost in the complexity of the story, but hinted that that is the way many people saw this situation. Relating it to the video from Wednesday’s class, it seemed that this event in American history reflects the way in which American politics may have been over-documented in the 70’s. I personally do not think the truth mattered in this scenario, I truly believe that just relating the government/president with such a scandal is fair to question the government/president and maybe call for impeachment.
Throughout the novel, Mallon portrayed Nixon as a paranoid president that feared for his future. Throughout the novel Mallon described instances where Nixon was concerned with how his legacy was being affected with the Watergate Scandal. Even his dreams seemed to hint of a possible downfall as described in the following quote: “But something in the dream was wrong; he was winning too much; he had too many chips in front of him. He didn’t know how he’d gotten them, but he knew he had to get rid of them fast.” (Mallon 19). One can understand Nixon for wanting to leave a legacy worth talking about. But it is ironic how ultimately, something that seemed to be so small and controlled blew up way out of proportion into this confusing and complex mystery. Instead of Nixon being remembered as he wanted to, he will always be seen as a political disgrace and by his famous quote: “I’m not a crook.”