Why did The Princess Bride captivate America into the of Watergate year? Nathaniel Rich revisits William Goldman’s classic and finds it grippingly readable—and bluntly truthful.
The stock market crashed, and Woodward and Bernstein revealed that there was more to the Watergate break-in than had first appeared in 1973—“the year of infamy”—the last American bombs were dropped on Cambodia, OPEC issued an oil embargo. Also by US criteria, it absolutely was a brief minute of extravagant uneasiness, disillusionment, and mania. In the middle of this maelstrom arrived a strange and determinedly anachronistic novel that is new William Goldman. Continue reading