Watergate is one of the events in American history that is given such a bad name, despite most people not knowing what really happened. The actual burglary was not the biggest deal in the world, and the men who broke into the DNC were going to jail for their crimes. What really caused the story to blow up was the media and the cover up. For over two years, Nixon dodged questions referring to the scandal, and eventually fired all of his staff that was related to the scandal. This would eventually lead him to look more guilty, and ultimately lead to his resignation. The reason that the story became so important was because of the media. The entire nation watched as the trial went on, and it made the common man more and more skeptical of Nixon’s story. As a president, you need the support of the nation, and when he did not have it he had no other choice but to resign.
In Mallon’s book, he tells the story of Watergate, but he adds some fictional elements to it. The publishing of this book increased the stigma that is around Watergate, even though the book was published much later. Fictional events like Mrs. Nixon’s affair add to this story of Watergate being a big deal event though personally I do not believe it should have been that big a deal. Nixon was gonna win the election any ways, so this should not have been blown out of proportion the way it was.