Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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The Woodward and Bernstein Waterate Papers

All the President's Men

First draft


Soon after winning the Pulitzer Prize in May 1973, Woodward and Bernstein signed a contract with Simon and Schuster to write a book about Watergate. Working nights and weekends while still covering Watergate for The Washington Post, the reporters tried several approaches, including telling the story from the burglars' perspective. Eventually they focused on telling the story of their own investigation of the break-in and cover-up.