The Watergate Crisis
A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition
by Michael A. Genovese
August 2020, 222pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6656-2
$72, £56, 63€, A99
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Watergate was the most serious constitutional crisis the nation has faced since the Civil War.

This reference provides background information about the Watergate crisis and discusses its significance to U.S. politics today.

Relatively insignificant at first glance, the Watergate crisis led to the downfall of a president and emerged as the most important constitutional crisis since the Civil War. Journalists and the media were instrumental in shedding light on Watergate and exposing political corruption at the highest levels of government. Watergate became part of American popular culture and synonymous with presidential corruption. This book surveys the background of the Watergate crisis and links it to contemporary American politics.

The first part of the book provides a narrative overview and examination of the Watergate crisis, with a consideration of what happened and why, and the relevance of Watergate to today’s political issues. The book considers such topics as political corruption and impeachment, the role of the media, and the abuse of presidential power. The book also offers biographical sketches of key players in the Watergate crisis, a chronology, glossary, primary source document excerpts, and an annotated bibliography.


  • A chronology highlights key events related to the Watergate crisis
  • A narrative overview and analysis explores what Watergate was about and relates that crisis to contemporary politics
  • Biographical profiles of key figures help readers identify the chief participants in the crisis
  • A glossary defines key terms
  • An annotated bibliography directs users to the most important sources of additional information
Michael A. Genovese holds the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies and is professor of political science, director of the Institute for Leadership Studies, and president of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University. In 2006, he was made a fellow at the Queens College, Oxford University. In 2017 he was awarded the American Political Science Association's Distinguished Teaching Award. He has written 50 books, and his articles and reviews have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere.
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