On May 28, 1972, five men broke into the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. and were arrested while they were still in the building. American politics has never been the same since.
What seemed like a routine break-in was actually the tip of a mammoth political iceberg, which ran from the intelligence operatives to members of the White House staff and finally to President Nixon himself, a man whose mission to find dirt on his opponents led to his ultimate and extremely public downfall.
This Discovery Channel retrospective (produced in 1994) is, bar none, the most comprehensive, intelligent, and exhaustive documentary you could ever find on the subject. Going far beyond a basic rehashing of the events, Watergate takes the viewer painstakingly through the entire scandal, from break-in to resignation. The documentary utilizes video footage, newspaper coverage, those infamous White House tapes, and most impressively, interviews with all the (in 1994 still) living participants in the Watergate scandal (with the exception of Henry Kissinger), some reading from their own notes. It's amazing to hear the details of America's biggest political debacle straight from the horses' mouths–Haldeman, Erlichman, Liddy, John Dean, even Nixon himself via his 1977 interview with David Frost.
This is a 4 hour clear-eyed portrait of Watergate from the inside that covers this fascinating chapter of American history better than any other previous documentary with regard to this subject.
‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers
Created on Monday, 21 June 2010 15:12
‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’ tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, who in 1971 concluded that the war in Vietnam was based on decades of lies. He consequently leaked 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. […]
Whistle-Blowers: A Conversation with Ellsberg and Dean
Created on Monday, 14 June 2010 15:47
What lessons do the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the "War on Terror" offer about the abuse of power by the executive branch in times of national crisis?
Join Daniel Ellsberg, the RAND strategist whose leak of the Pentagon Papers helped bring down the Nixon presidency and end the Vietnam War, and John Dean, White House […]
How Europe Created Adolf Hitler
People who are already well informed and well versed in Hidden History know that there were many forces behind, and reasons for, the creation of Adolf Hitler. So although the title of this documentary is "How Europe Created Adolf Hitler" it doesn't quite cover the entire Hitler backstory.
I'm posting the documentary because it consists […]
Evidence of Revision Part 1 of 6: The Assassinations of Kennedy and Oswald
Created on Saturday, 19 September 2009 15:38
This is the mindblowing 5-part video documentary series "Evidence of Revision" whose purpose is to present the previously unavailable and even suppressed historical audio, video and film recordings largely unseen by the American and world's public.
The aforementioned recordings cover the assassination of […]
The Fog Of War – Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert McNamara
Created on Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:33
'The Fog Of War' is a documentary about Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, who subsequently became president of the World Bank. The documentary combines an interview with Mr. McNamara discussing some of the tragedies and glories of the 20th Century with archival footage and […]