The Whole Truth: The Watergate Conspiracy

by Sam J. Ervin, Jr. Random House, $16.95. Exasperated by what he considers the deviousness of Richard Nixon’s memoirs, Senator Ervin, who served as chairman of the special committee investigating Watergate, presents his own history of that dismal scandal. The story is complicated but worth the attention it demands, for it represents the slow, determined victory of constitutional law over personal interest, even when that interest inhabited the White House. The senator, whose grasp of the entire affair extends well beyond the proceedings of his own committee, unravels the shenanigans with an attractive mixture of legal precision, patriotic passion, and colloquial humor. Index.