We’re journalists. We’ve read All The President’s Men inside and out, watched the movie more times than we’d care to admit. We’ve researched Watergate ad nauseam and held the highest regard for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein since we picked up a pen and paper.

But somewhere along the way, there’s a chance we missed a step: We didn’t read the actual coverage that originally appeared in The Washington Post back in the early 1970s. (I can’t speak for everyone, but there’s a reasonable chance I speak for a substantial group).

What’s all the fuss really about? Were the articles all they were cracked up to be?

They changed the history of politics and journalism in one fell swoop, so it’s no doubt worth the time to read the original articles here.

The Post has pieced together a Watergate timeline that doesn’t end with the 1970s by any means. It’s a solid, comprehensive read or re-read if you’re looking to remind yourself of what investigative journalism is really about.