National Press Club

Author plans to share history of Watergate complex at Headliners Book Rap, Feb. 21

February 1, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Joseph Rodota, author of The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address, plans to take attendees on a deep dive into the shadowy past and the most intriguing inhabitants of the Watergate office/hotel/apartment complex at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Rodota plans to describe that history at the Book Rap, which will take place in the Club’s Conference Rooms. The event will feature a discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session and a book signing. Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public. Reserve tickets here.

When purchasing tickets for this event online, buyers will also have the option of purchasing copies of the book at check-out. Books will also be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from book sales benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, so we kindly ask that you leave all outside books and memorabilia at home.

The complex was the site of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters on June 17, 1972, that eventually led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon and made the Watergate one of Washington’s most iconic addresses. While most people know of the scandal and the surviving “-gate” suffix, they are unaware of the complex’s mysterious history.

Rodata, chief executive officer of the political opposition research consulting firm Forward Observer, 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.