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In Nixon's Web: A Year in the Crosshairs of Watergate Hardcover – March 4, 2008
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Without giving anything away, Nixon's Web will give the interested Watergate reader a very different perspective. It's really easy and good reading. I like the style, it's to the point, very little fluff if any. It's a shame that Gray didn't come out with this sooner, but the announcement of Deep Throat compelled him to break his long silence.
If you've been a Watergate reader, you absolutely cannot go without reading this book.
Although I was only a boy when the Watergate scandal broke, it was a
formative chapter in my life. One of my early memories is watching my
father (a Massachusetts McGovern supporter) listen to the 1972 returns
in dismay. Later I watched the Watergate hearings on TV at school, transfixed by the historic importance of what was happening.
I've since been keenly aware of the far-reaching damage Nixon did to our
country. I was less cognizant of the damage he and his henchmen
inflicted on the personal lives of so many. L. Patrick Gray's story brings this starkly to light.
The extent to which the book also puts the press in a bad light is timely. I was one of those, reared on the Woodward and Bernstein myth of reporter as white knight. In the past 15 years I've come to see the press more for what it is, a self-serving business/political entity. I know there are people of good faith in both government and the press, but they don't seem to be the ones running show, bless 'em for keeping at it!
This book starts to rewrite the fictional construct "Deep Throat" that Woodward and Bernstein created in order to sell a book and a movie, and cast themselves as heroes in the process. "All the President's Men" is a good story but it's far from the truth.Read more ›
The flesh and blood Mark felt comes off badly in Gray's telling. He was an inveterate leaker--not just to Woodward but to the New York Times and Time magazine as well. His leaks were not confined to Watergate but were aimed at discrediting Gray and his attempts to curb the tyrannical abuses of Hoover and his minions. Moreover, when confronted about the leaks, Felt lied and tried to direct suspicion at other, innocent parties.
Ed Gray has also unearthed powerful evidence that Woodward overstated Felt's role and credited Deep Throat with information that came from other sources. The "Deep Throat as composite" theory is far from dead.
Gray graduated from the Naval Academy in 1940, then served as a submariner in WWII. He later attended law school at Navy expense (Order of the Coif and law review at George Washington University) but he went back to submarines during the Korean War.
By the late 1950s he was on the fast track to flag rank. But he left the Navy to campaign for Richard Nixon in 1960 and 1968 and came to Washington as a political appointee. After some time at HEW, he was appointed as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division at DOJ, the Deputy AG, and then Acting Director of the FBI when Hoover died in the spring of 1972. Gray had been on the job just a few weeks when the Watergate burglars were arrested, and the book describes the next year of his life, until he was forced to resign in May of 1973.
Granted, it's a memoir (with some posthumous polishing by Gray's son) but the book makes a strong case Gray was an honest guy who was used by felonious White House staffers like John Dean and John Ehrlichman, who told him they wanted the Bureau to investigate Watergate vigorously while scheming at every turn to cover up what John Mitchell called "the horrors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Story of the acting director of the FBI during the Nixon administration. A difficult enough job but also an outsider caught in a cat fight with those whowanted the position. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Semmelweis
Excellent listen about perhaps the only honourable man wounded by the Watergate scandal. Having lived through the Nixon years and the plethora of self-serving Watergate memoirs, I... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by cheri cruze
Pat Gray's hapless tenure as FBI director couldn't possibly come at a worse time. Being asked to follow J. Edgar Hoover is tough enough, but to have your Number Two, W. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by D.P. Brennan
In Nixon's Web, by the late L. Patrick Gray III, with Ed Gray (his son), is another memoir by a Watergate Era figure. Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by Robert A. Byrne
I've read a large number of Watergate books, having come of age when the lid blew off the investigation and yes, I was wowed by Nixon's resignation (just a damn criminal). Read morePublished on December 18, 2010 by Geewhizicist
L. Patrick Gray III was the FBI director for one year after the death of John Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by Patrick
Gray's Apologia Pro Vita Sua for his defeat and humiliation in the Watergate scandal, published post mortem with the aid of his son. Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by Paul L. Dillon
This book is very easy to read and extemely interesting. I felt very bad for Pat Gray because he is still accused of things that he was never found guilty of doing. Read morePublished on May 26, 2008 by Paul Manfredi