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Certainly you get in The Secret Man the cloak-and-dagger details you'd expect--and are likely already familiar with from both the book and the superb movie of All the President's Men: the late-night garage meetings, the red flag in the flower pot, the whispered warning that lives were in danger. Woodward retells the still-riveting story of his and Bernstein's unearthing of the scandal with efficiency and with the last puzzle piece in place. And he is able both to explain some of Felt's motivations, as an FBI loyalist disgusted by Nixon staffers trying to run roughshod over his agency, and to trace some of his remarkable bureaucratic tactics, including commissioning an FBI leak inquiry and deflecting it away from himself. Most fascinatingly, he gives a warts-and-all account of his shameless youthful cultivation of Felt, beginning with their first encounter when Woodward was a bored Navy lieutenant on the make, just three years before being assigned to cover the arraignment of five men in business suits arrested in the offices of the Democratic National Committee. But in a crucial way this doesn't seem to be the book that Woodward had wanted to write, for Felt remains a mystery. A shadowy father figure during the Watergate period, Felt soon distanced himself from Woodward after running into legal trouble of his own, and they fell out of touch in the intervening years. When Woodward finally reestablished contact in 2000, Felt had lost most of his memory, and any understanding with his former source, with whom he was so closely tied in both his private and public lives, remained poignantly but frustratingly unreachable. --Tom Nissley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Interesting... unfortunately the courage of Mark Felt seems to be gone (IE: not-so-supreme court; news (entertainment? Read morePublished 7 months ago by PIA
There is nothing new about the Watergate case. Nor is there anything to explain the reasons or motives of Mark Felt. Felt was the informant of Bob. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Mascarin Perigault
Very good and interesting especially for a non-fiction story. It was a very quick read because it kept me interested and it is very well written. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brooke Newberry
A must read for anyone interested in the nitty-gritty reality of working a story.
Big or small. Read more
Interesting exposure of the Nixon White House. So glad that Woodward and Bernstein had the nerve to go after the story. Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mary A. Huber
The Secret Man
The May 2005 announcement that Mark Felt was the secret source for Bob Woodward made history. Read more
I believe, after reading The Burglary, that Woodward is "too kind" in regarding Felt's conviction regarding the Weather Underground "black bag jobs. Read morePublished 17 months ago by B Rubble