Tuesday, January 02, 2018

“A Cancer Growing on the Presidency”*

I enjoyed reading Mallon’s 2012 novel, Watergate, so I’m looking forward to this TV adaptation. From In Reference to Murder:
Watergate is suddenly a hot topic again, and CBS Television Studios is getting in on the action by developing a series based on Thomas Mallon’s novel Watergate after optioning the rights and hiring Band of Brothers screenwriter John Orloff to adapt and write the project. Mallon’s Watergate follows seven characters from the private cabins of Camp David to the klieg lights of the Senate Caucus Room, the District of Columbia jail and the Dupont Circle mansion of Theodore Roosevelt’s sharp-tongued 90-year-old daughter. It aims to solve some of the scandal’s greatest mysteries such as who erased those 18 1/2 minutes of tape.
* From a video archived by The Washington Post: “Three months after privately warning President Nixon that the Watergate cover-up was a ‘cancer on the presidency,’ former White House counsel John Dean tells the story to the Senate Watergate Committee, June 25, 1973.”

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