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Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat Hardcover – March 5, 2012
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“Lucidly written and prodigiously researched, this gripping corrective deserves five out of five stars—plus a Bravo!” --Irwin F. Gellman, author of The Contender: Richard Nixon, the Congress Years, 1946–1952
“Convincingly destroys the myth of Deep Throat’s alleged altruism.” --Keith Olson, author of Watergate: The Presidential Scandal That Shook America
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A 1972 graduate of Antioch College, he is a contributing editor to The Nation and the Wilson Quarterly, and sits on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. He is the author, editor, or co-author of six books, most recently Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat (University Press of Kansas, March 2012) and Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis (Texas A&M University Press, September 2012).
His articles have appeared in a variety of general and scholarly publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, American Heritage, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Studies in Intelligence, the Journal of Cold War Studies, Reviews in American History, and online at History News Network. He has also received numerous grants in support of his research and writing, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Endowment for the Humanities, German Marshall Fund, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
In 2001, Holland won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, bestowed jointly by Harvard University's Nieman Foundation and the Columbia University School of Journalism, for a forthcoming narrative history of the Warren Commission, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. That same year he won a Studies in Intelligence Award from the Central Intelligence Agency, the first writer working outside the US government to be so recognized. In 1989, Business Week named his first book, When the Machine Stopped, one of the top ten business books of the year.
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Mark Felt was portrayed as a man sickened by the wiretaps and break-ins by the White House, but Felt himself, writes Holland, "authorized illegal surreptitious entries into the homes of people associated with the Weather Underground."
If Felt was a hero, why did he not come forward to tell the country what he had done and why? Because he was no hero. Mark Felt was a snake.
Holland's premise is that Mark Felt did not intend to bring down Richard Nixon. In fact, he was maneuvering to politically destroy Patrick Gray (Acting Director) so Nixon would appoint him Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He does an excellent job of proving his case. Holland puts an end to the reputation of Deep Throat as a selfless patriot leaking as a matter of conscience. He not only leaked for the petty goal of his own advancement, Holland shows that much of what he leaked was false or misleading--not because he didn't know it was wrong, but because it served his purpose.
Contemporaneous reporting, the Watergate hearings, and All the Presidents Men (book and film) created a myth that two youthful Washington Post reporters brought down the president of the United States. Holland writes, "As with all myths, what really powered it was not the veneer of truth, but the fact that people wanted to believe it was true."
Another vessel for Felt leaks was Sandy Smith, of Time magazine. In 1986, he said, "There's a myth that the press did all this, uncovered all the crimes. ... It's bunk. The press didn't do it. People forget that the government was investigating all the time.Read more ›
Instead of an intrepid reporter digging for a story, the truth turns out to be that Woodward was a patsy in a much bigger game: Deep Throat was actually the number two in the FBI trying to discredit his boss to get his job. The revelation was a smack on the side of my head. Another myth punctured.
But worse has been the 40 year spin perpetuated by Woodward and Bernstein (even after they knew his motives) was that Deep Throat was an altruistic bureaucrat trying to save his country was simply a bald face lie. And that they were played like suckers. So much for historic journalistic myths.
The truth reads like a spy novel. Amazing forensic reporting by the author.
BTW, this is probably the worst cover art I've seen on a serious piece of history.
It is tautly, crisply written and often suspenseful. I read it in a couple of stimumulating sittings even as I lingered in awe at the scope of the source notes. Holland explains Watergate intrigues in ways that few Americans would have previously appreciated. The cast of Nixon administration and FBI characters is vividly portrayed, and Deep Throat (Mark Felt) emerges as anything but the noble, selfless secret source of media mythology.
Highly recommended for generalist readers and specialists alike.
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Just heard that Liam Neeson is going to play Mark Felt in a new movie. And at least reading most synopses on it, they're going to portray him as a American hero. Really!!!? Read morePublished 2 months ago by David S. Tester
Max Holland "reveals for the first time in detail what truly motivated" Mark Felt - announces the dust cover. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by J. Taborda Barreto
Very carefully written and convincing book, explaining the motives and influence of Deep Throat. I could not put it down. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Brad Rockwell
I have been reading about Watergate ever since I began following the series of articles in the Washington Post back in 1972-74. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Mel Ayton
Too much info for me, well researched, the writing is okay, but only maybe 50 pages would tell me all I need.Published on February 28, 2013 by Les
I thought this would be a rehash of yesterday's hash, but it is worth buying and reading.
Historians will keep it on their shelves.
, like so many in my generation, first learned about "Deep Throat" and Watergate through film, not literature. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Zachary Bailes
Max Holland has done more than anyone to show the motives for why FBI official Mark Felt was at least one of the key sources for Bob Woodward during his reporting on Watergate. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Ray Locker