NOT ABOVE THE LAW: The Battles of Watergate Prosecutors Cox and Jaworski by James Doyle

NOT ABOVE THE LAW: The Battles of Watergate Prosecutors Cox and Jaworski

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The third ""insider's account"" of the Watergate prosecution, following Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski's The Right and the Power and Stonewall, by two young staff attorneys, Richard Ben-Veniste and George Frampton. Now we have the story as told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter (formerly of the Washington Star, now of Newsweek) who served as the press spokesman for the Special Prosecutor's Office. Doyle's book has the multiple advantages of being a journalist's product; it is better written than the others and, because the author is not a lawyer, it avoids unnecessary legal subtleties in favor of a straightforward narrative from the point of view of someone who is in, but not really part of the action. Doyle has supplemented his own observations with interviews conducted after he left the job, as well as with already published material on Watergate, and, by emphasizing the interrelationship between the prosecution and the press, he has incorporated outside perspectives on the prosecution in the course of telling its internal story. Although he succeeds in providing a comprehensive account of his subject--the prosecution of the Watergate crimes--Doyle presents no new interpretation of the phenomenon of Watergate as a whole, nor any significant new information. The one to read if you have not read the others, but not for those who want to go beyond the evidence to an understanding of its significance.

Pub Date: June 30th, 1977
Publisher: Morrow