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Bringing Down A President

A middle-grade retelling of Richard Nixon's downfall, Bringing Down A President: The Watergate Scandal is an inventive and timely look at one of the biggest scandals to ever rock our nation by Andrea ... more

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TitleBringing Down A President
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
GenreNonfiction, History, Politics, Childrens, Middle Grade

Bringing Down A President Reviews

  • Betsy
    Aug 5, 2019
    Hey, now I "get" Watergate...While it's billed as middle grades, Bringing Down A President: the Watergate Scandal is a great overview of Watergate for adults who never quite got the full story. I'm not old enough to have lived through Watergate, and just about every US history class I've ever taken has covered 1946 to about 1990 in about three sentences. "So, we won World War II, but then we got into a Cold War wit Hey, now I "get" Watergate...While it's billed as middle grades, Bringing Down ... more
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 6, 2019
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusUsing direct quotes from wide variety of participants in the Watergate scandal and investigation, this book provides "Fly on the Wall" commentary on the events that happened from 1972 to 1974, with some additional back history about some of the people involved as well. I had never realized what a comedy of errors the whole thing was-- breaking into the Watergate, covering things up, bribing people right and left. Wow. There is a marvelous illustration E ARC prov... more
  • Namrata
    Jun 9, 2019
    really interesting plot! this book sounds like my cup of tea! hope I can read it soon!!!
  • Kayla
    Apr 19, 2019
    This book was great. It explained a lot of the missing parts of the Watergate scandal that I was not aware of before. I loved the format, especially the "fly on the wall" concept; that was excellent. I also liked the fact that the authors included direct quotes from the people involved, even though these people had been formally classified as liars. After reading this book, I see many parallels between the Watergate scandal and the current Trump administration. And it scares me...
  • Chelsea
    May 19, 2019
    I thought this book was an interesting look at the Watergate Scandal and I actually learned a lot even though this topic was not new to me. I enjoyed the "fly on the wall" perspective which made it seem like you had an inside look to what was happening in the room. It included some curse words but they were within direct quotes and felt appropriate for getting the tone across. I think it would also appeal to reluctant readers who may find that sort of thing edgy and more interesting than a more ... more
  • Alicia
    May 13, 2019
    Reviewing for a professional magazine- see review in SLJ.
  • Edward Sullivan
    Apr 22, 2019
    Reviewed for professional publication.
  • Lynn
    Sep 17, 2019
    The narrative device used by the authors called "Fly on the Wall" is either going to work for readers or irritate them. I didn't find it an issue and I do think it can help middle school readers to sort through the very convoluted issues of what was said in public, what was said in secret and clearly describes what lay at the heart of the actions of the Nixon staff.The tone is irreverent and chatty but Balis and Levy do an excellent job of presenting a clear accounting of who did wha The narra... more
  • Alex Baugh
    Aug 14, 2019
    Watergate was always a confusing part of history to me. It never was covered in school and there were so many people and events surrounding Richard Nixon's fall from grace and subsequent resignation. This book makes sense of all that in a very accessible format. I knew it was an important time in the history of the US and now I can see why more clearly. This is a book written for middle grade kids, but it would probably help adults who were a little fuzzy about those events, too. The events are ... more
  • Cindi
    Sep 12, 2019
    I had great hopes for this book. The illustrations seemed so promising and the cover is catchy and sure to be of interest considering out current political climate. But I was not only disappointed, I was befuddled. Why, for example, let a fly on the wall narrate? That might be cute in a picture book, but not so much in a book about a political scandal. This did cause me to see the targeted audience: ages 10-14 according to the advance reader's edition I read. I'm not sure many kids that age are ... more
  • Karen
    Oct 21, 2019
    I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. For someone who lived through the Nixon Impeachment, this was a fun read complete with "expletives deleted" and not so deleted. (real transcripts!). I'm not sure students just learning about Nixon will get as much out of the book because it covers so much material and could be confusing. The illustrations are fun and the research is top-notch, however, the "fly on the wall" narrator gets a little old as the book progresses.
  • Ilse O'Brien
    Sep 2, 2019
    An accomplished retelling of the Watergate scandal. Such a complex story with a huge cast of characters, and the format reads sort of like a documentary. It’s billed as being for readers 10-14, but I think 12-adult is more apt. Keeping track of the dozens of people involved and their roles is challenging for adults, and would be challenging for most kids under 12. There’s some adult language and one or two references to sexual harassment.
  • Lorie Barber
    Aug 19, 2019
    Great informational text with gaps filled in by a “Fly on the Wall.” Being aimed at a middle-grade audience, I wish it would have had fewer curse words. Some expletives were deleted, but others weren’t. A bit confusing for my 5ths. But an excellent resource on the powers of the presidency and what can happen when it’s run amok.Thank you to the publisher for sharing this with our reading group!
  • Beth Bryden-miller
    Aug 1, 2019
    Nope. I didn't think the literal "Fly on the Wall"narrator worked as a device. I thought the author couldn't get a handle on the middle grades audience in terms of what was explained in detail and what prior knowledge was assumed. I also thought they missed a great opportunity with the illustrations - I wanted them to better clarify the huge cast of characters involved but not so much.
  • Liz Friend
    Oct 3, 2019
    The story: The President of the US is not supposed to be a crook. But...what if he is? Here's the story of President Richard M. Nixon, who lied about and covered up the details of a break-in at his oppnents' headquarters for so long that it ended up costing him his job. "If the President does it, it's not illegal," he said. Could he possibly be right? Depends on whether you can find a smoking gun.This book is non-fiction, so June Cleaver's ratings don't apply. Be warned, though--Nixo The story... more
  • Mills College Library
    Oct 18, 2019
    973.924 B1865 2019
  • Dr. Rugani
    Oct 2, 2019
    Timely, and helpful for those of us who didn't live through it. Be warned that while the worst of the language is censored, there are still some "SOB" and other easily identifiable expletives.