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Watergate’s Forgotten Hero
by Adam Henig

Publication Date: May 26, 2021
List Price: $29.99
Format: Paperback
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781476684802
Imprint: McFarland
Publisher: McFarland
Parent Company: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Paperback Description:

Jet Magzine Cover of Frank Wills“Absorbing…compelling biography.”—Herb Boyd, author of Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin

Nearly everyone who played a significant role in the Watergate saga has been scrutinized except one key participant: night watchman Frank Wills.

On the evening of June 17, 1972, in Washington DC, the twenty-four year-old security guard was on duty at the Watergate Office Building when he detected a break-in. A high school dropout with few hours of formal guard training, Wills alerted the police who caught five burglars, ultimately igniting a national political scandal that ended in the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

The only African American identified with the Watergate affair, Frank Wills enjoyed a brief moment in the limelight, but was unable to cope with his newfound fame, living the remainder of his life in obscurity and poverty.

Through exhaustive research and numerous interviews, the story of America’s most famous night watchman finally has been told.

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword by JaQwan J. Kelly 1
Preface 3
1. “Impenetrable” Security 7
2. The ­­Break-In 10
3. Savannah 19
4. North Augusta 33
5. Job Corps 42
6. Watergate 50
7. Metro Police 59
8. The Caper 67
9. Opportunity Knocks 80
10. Delusions of Grandeur 90
11. From Bad to Worse 109
12. Downward Spiral 128
13. “I’ve Done My Work” 144
Epilogue 159
Chapter Notes 165
Bibliography 183
Index 195

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