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Deep Truth: The Lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein Hardcover – June, 1993

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Though hardly comprehensive, this dual biography of the famed Watergate case journalists directs potent accusations at their work. Havill ( The Last Mogul: The Unauthorized Biography of Jack Kent Cooke ) got little cooperation from friends of his subjects, yet he has cobbled together credible sketches of the Calvinistic Bob Woodward and the free-wheeling Carl Bernstein. He suggests that Woodward's unusual access to government secrets has roots in contacts from Yale and his work at the Pentagon, speculating that Woodward also had links to the CIA. Attempting to reenact a crucial ritual from All the President's Men , a narrative he considers embellished, Havill declares that Woodward could not signal "Deep Throat" by pulling a flowerpot to the rear of his apartment balcony because the balcony overlooked a courtyard that was virtually inaccessible to a lurker. And such a person most likely would be detected since 80 apartments overlooked the courtyard. He tags The Brethren , the Supreme Court expose by Woodward and Scott Armstrong, as a vendetta by their source, Justice Potter Stewart, against Chief Justice Warren Burger, and argues that in Veil Woodward fabricated his account of his deathbed interview with CIA chief William Casey. Bernstein's disjointed memoir Loyalties , the author suggests, has not redeemed his checkered career. Havill's charges merit response from Woodward and Bernstein. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In his preface, Havill states that he is writing "an honest, balanced book with no ax to grind." While this is not exactly a hatchet job, it does set out to neatly carve the reputations of Woodward and Bernstein into succulent morsels. Havill gives evidence, some of it convincing, that All the President's Men was a fictionalized account of Watergate. Hints that Woodward was a CIA employee; a whole chapter on Janet Cooke, who concocted a false story while Woodward was Metro editor of the Washington Post ; and allegations of Bernstein's womanizing and his lackadaisical work habits combine with accounts of the mostly unsatisfactory childhoods for both men to make this a litany of failure and unhappiness. The author bases his allegations on a number of interviews with coworkers, ex-wives, acquaintances, and friends of the two journalists. While not badly written, the result is a compendium of gossip and trivia suitable only for libraries needing every detail about the men who broke the Watergate story.
- Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Lane Pr (June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559721723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559721721
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James P. McDonald on October 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A very personal book on the lives of the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who broke the story of the slush fund and the ultimate resignation of President Richard Nixon. This book contains much more information about Bob Woodward's "secret informer" also known as "Deep Throat" (This has nothing to do with that "adult" film of the same name. They just borrowed the name). Many things were not filmed for All the President's Men (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1976). This book discusses the accuracy of the film, and the follow-up book "The Final Days. Patricia Nixon had a stroke two months after the release of "The Final Days" book and Richard Nixon wanted to sue. Woodward and Bernstein would not reveal their sources for the book, just like they will not reveal who "the secret informer, "Deep Throat" is until after the secret informer dies. The author believes he knows who or what people were "the secret informer" was. If you enjoyed the film, All the President's Men (1976) and the tv-movie, Final Days [VHS] (1989-TV), you will like the juicy information in this book.
They can not really reveal who the "secret informer" is until that person has died. With respect, they must protect their source. Some time after the interment, perhaps, Woodward will announce who the "informer" was.
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