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Defining Moments


  • Author/Editor: Kevin Hillstrom
  • Binding: Library binding
  • Trim Size: 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
  • Page Count: 195
  • Book Level:
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0769-3
  • List Price: $60.00
  • Sample Pages
  • Printable Information Sheet

Web Price: $54.00

On the night of June 17, 1972, police arrested several men for breaking into and burglarizing the Democratic Headquarters, located in the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington, D.C. What no one knew (or could have possibly expected) was that the trail of the burglary would be traced back to the most powerful person in the country—Richard M. Nixon, the president of the United States. The scandal that ensued brought down his administration and changed the American public’s relationship with its government forever.

Defining Moments: Watergate presents an authoritative account of the origins and progression of the Watergate scandal. It also explores the event’s lasting impact on America’s political and cultural landscape. The volume is organized into three distinct sections—Narrative Overview, Biographies, and Primary Sources—which offer a one-stop resource for student research.

  • The Narrative Overview section provides a detailed, factual account of what led up to Watergate, the events and issues during the era, and its legacy in American society
  • The Biographies section presents valuable biographical background on leading figures associated with Watergate
  • The Primary Sources section collects a wide variety of pertinent primary source materials from the era, including official documents, song lyrics, memoirs, editorials, and other important works

Other notable features include a glossary of important people, places, and terms; a detailed chronology featuring page references to relevant sections of the narrative; an annotated listing of selected sources for further study; an extensive general bibliography; and a subject index.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
  • 240 pages
  • 30-40 photographs and other illustrations
  • Narrative Overview section: Provides a detailed, factual account of the “defining moment”
  • Biographies section: Presents valuable biographical background on leading figures associated with the event
  • Primary Sources section: Collects a wide variety of pertinent primary source materials from the era
  • Research Topics: Proposes a list of topics suitable for conducting historical research and writing reports, a valuable starting point for student research
  • Source Attribution: Contains references for primary sources and other quoted material that guide users to other historical research resources
  • Glossary of Important People, Places, and Terms: Gives brief definitions for the many terms used in the book
  • Chronology: Highlights the related events in chronological order, along with “see” references that direct the reader to pages in the narrative with additional information
  • Sources for Further Study: Provides annotated citations for selected sources that are most useful to students
  • Bibliography: Lists books, periodicals, web sites, and videos consulted in preparing the volume
  • Subject Index: Includes people, places, organizations, events, and other topics

Research Topics

Each volume in the Defining Moments series covers a wide range of topics that students can use as starting points for further research. Potential research topics for Defining Moments: Watergate are below:

  • Review the political career and presidency of Richard M. Nixon
  • Study Nixon’s inner circle at the White House—who were the major players and what roles did they play in his administration
  • Discuss the Vietnam War and the antiwar movement, and their affect on Nixon’s presidency
  • Provide a detailed account of the Watergate burglary and the subsequent White House cover-up
  • Study the U.S. Constitution and explain the separation of powers in U.S. government and how that came into play during Watergate
  • Evaluate the abuse of presidential power and its corrosive impact on public faith in government during and after the Watergate crisis
  • Define the role of journalism in a free and open society
  • Explain the importance of the Watergate tapes—how they were discovered, what Nixon did to keep them private, what the tapes did and did not contain, and why they were important
  • Discuss the reasons that Ford decided to pardon Nixon and explain why you agree or disagree with that decision
  • Analyze Watergate’s continued iconic prominence in the American imagination


“It succeeds in giving a general audience an impartial portrayal of a major political ‘moment.’ High school students would find it useful and informative.”

—American Reference Books Annual, 2005