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05/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

James Rosen: Fox News Correspondent, Watergate Revisionist

"This is not your father's Watergate," said James Rosen.

Mr. Rosen, an on-air D.C.-based correspondent for Fox News was speaking to NYTV on Monday afternoon. Next month, Doubleday will publish Mr. Rosen's first book--a revisionist history of Richard Nixon's downfall, called The Strongman: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate.

As NYTV's overcrowded bookshelf can attest, TV newsmen are constantly cranking out books that are heavy on the self-promotion and light on, um, research. Mr. Rosen's book promises to be neither. It will weigh in at a hefty 600 or so pages, contain 65 pages of footnotes, and will include insight culled from some 250 original interviews. There was no ghostwriter. And in a clear affront to the requirements of the genre, Mr. Rosen's face doesn't even appear on the cover.

Mr. Rosen said Strongman will be the first major biography of John Mitchell, the late U.S. attorney general, who played a pivotal role in the "rise, reign and ruin" of Richard Nixon. In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, Mr. Mitchell was convicted on a number of charges stemming from his role in the botched break-in and surveillance operation. The nation's top law enforcement official eventually spent 19 months in prison.

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