Author Joseph Rodota Shares Hidden History of Iconic Watergate Complex

He will take attendees on a deep dive into Watergate’s shadowy past & most intriguing inhabitants

  • NPC Book Event with author Joeseph Rodota on his new book, The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address
  • February 21, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Location: Conference Rooms

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  • On June 17, 1972 five men were arrested at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., igniting an investigation that would eventually lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and cementing the Watergate complex as one of DC’s most iconic addresses. While nearly everyone is familiar with the scandal and the surviving “-gate” suffix, most people’s knowledge of the landmark’s mysterious history barely scratches the surface.
  • Since its opening in 1965, the Watergate complex has been one of Washington's chicest addresses, a home to power brokers from both political parties and the epicenter of a scandal that brought down a president. In The Watergate, writer and political consultant Joseph Rodota paints a vivid portrait of this landmark and the movers and shakers who have lived there.
  • Watergate residents—an intriguing casts of politicians, journalists, socialites and spies—have been at the center of America's political storms for half a century. The irrepressible Martha Mitchell, wife of President Nixon's attorney general and campaign manager John Mitchell, captivated the natio
  • n with a stream of outrageous interviews and phone calls from her Watergate duplex. Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia put aside their differences many a New Year's Eve to celebrate together at the Watergate, dining on wild game hunted by Scalia and cooked by Ginsburg's husband.
  • Monica Lewinsky hunkered down in her mother's Watergate apartment while President Clinton fought impeachment; her neighbor U.S. Senator Bob Dole brought donuts to the hordes of reporters camped out front. Years after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosted chamber music concerts in her Watergate living room, guests remembered the soaring music—and the cheap snacks.   
  • Rodota unlocks the mysteries of the Watergate, including why Elizabeth Taylor refused to move into a Watergate apartment with her sixth husband; reveals a surprising connection between the Watergate and Ronald Reagan; and unravels how the Nixon break-in transformed the Watergate's reputation and spawned generations of "-gate" scandals, from Koreagate to Deflategate.
  • The Washington Post once called the Watergate a "glittering Potomac Titanic." Like the famous ocean liner, the Watergate was ahead of its time, filled with boldface names—and ultimately doomed. The Watergate is a captivating inside look at the passengers and crew of this legendary building.
    • On Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m., Joseph Rodota, author of The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address, will take attendees on a deep dive into the Watergate’s shadowy past and its most intriguing inhabitants at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event.
    • Rodota is the CEO of the political opposition research consulting firm Forward Observer, and has more than 30 years of experience working in some of the highest levels of politics. He served as a writer and communications manager in the Reagan White House and as a top campaign and government aide to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • This event will feature a discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing. 
  • This event will feature a discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing.
  • Copies of the book can be purchased at the event. No outside books or memorabilia are permitted.

Proceeds from this event benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, The National Press Club Journalism Institute, which offers innovative, practical training to journalists and communications professionals working in a rapidly-changing media environment.

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Wharton Club Members:

  • President's Club Members & Guests: 2 Complimentary tickets
  • Other Members/Guests: $10/person for Wharton Club Members & Guests


7:30PM - 9:00PM Wed 21 Feb 2018 ( Timezone: Eastern )


National Press Club
529 - 14th Street, NW 13th Floor, Conference Rooms
Washington, DC 20045 United States

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Look Who's Coming:

Steven Goodman
Sue Hamilton
  Innovative Enterprise
Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton Club of DC
Jane Stieber
Leslie Johnson
... a total of 5 guests.
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