A sharp new analysis of this important milestone in US politics. Feinberg stresses that the real crime was not the break-in but the subsequent cover-up, not the indiscretions of excess loyalty but the ethical turpitude that denied wrongdoing in the interests of politics. She's harsh with Nixon: she asserts that he ""never considered the possibility of simply telling the truth,"" argues that he would probably, if asked, have OK'd the bugging of the Democrats' offices, and declares that he has never shown remorse for his misdeeds. She presents the events, investigations, trials, hearings, and legal wrangles in clear, orderly fashion, and mentions some subsequent scandals: ""Billy-gate,"" the FBI sting, and Iran-contra. A useful update to Cook's The Crimes of Watergate (1981). A few b&w photos; chronology; notes; bibliography; index.