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Incapable of resisting the siren-song of Amazon’s “Buy with One Click” button, I have charged the groaning hull of my iPad with yet more literary cargo: the 101st as-yet-unread book in my inventory, Thomas Mallon’s Watergate: A Novel, which traces the full two and a half years of the eponymous “long national nightmare.”

According to this radio interview with John L. Miller on National Review Online‘s “Between the Covers” series, the august founder of National Review, William F. Buckley, makes a cameo appearance in the novel’s pages.

If memory serves, the sole book I have read on Watergate is H.R. Haldeman’s 1978 memoir The Ends of Power, which I discovered in a local library in the summer of 1998 and swiftly devoured. Currently in the midst of Prof. James Shapiro’s excellent and thorough Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, Mr. Mallon’s new novel may vault to the top of the 2012 reading list.