Journalist, editor, and author Robert Gettlin is the co-author with Leonard Colodny of Silent Coup: The Removal of a President.
Journalist, editor, and author Robert Gettlin is the co-author with Leonard Colodny of Silent Coup: The Removal of a President. He and Len met in 1980 when Bob was a reporter for The Washington Star newspaper in Washington, DC. Their groundbreaking book, published in 1991, was a national bestseller that spent 12 weeks on The New York Times list. It was published in Canada, England, and Japan in addition to the US.
More than 30 years later, Silent Coup is regarded as one of the most important books on Watergate. It uncovered the deeply flawed reporting of the standard version and countered the corrosive myths about journalism and the political forces behind Nixon’s demise. Due in part to Silent Coup, our historical understanding of Watergate continues to evolve.
Bob has had a distinguished career as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and senior communications official in Washington, DC. He has covered national politics, all levels of government, and has written, edited, and directed enterprise journalism. He was a managing editor at National Journal magazine, and later was tapped to create and manage a new, one-of-a-kind writing and editing unit for the Office of Inspector General at a cabinet-level agency. In addition to his investigative acumen, he is known for his skill at communicating complex and controversial information through clear and compelling writing, and also teaching effective writing to any audience. He is an accomplished public speaker and trainer.
Bob is currently co-writing a book on a Navy SEAL’s story and is involved in other writing projects. He lives in Virginia.