I don’t know much about the Watergate scandal, but I’ve now done a tiny bit of reading (the Washington Post has a collection of the stories as written) and I watched “All the President’s Men” this weekend. While looking for a general book about it, I ran across lots that seemed to be suggesting that it was all a big conspiracy against Nixon—John Dean is a popular suggestion for the ringleader—and that the standard narrative is all wrong. One book had a foreward by someone claiming it was all the CIA’s fault. When I got to the end of the foreward, I discovered it was written by Roger Stone. Yep, it was the Deep State going after Nixon.
So, is there any validity to any of these arguments? I know my knowledge is incomplete, but is this an area where legitimate scholars think the popular understanding is wrong? Or maybe that there are important nuances?