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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.
Clearly Woodward makes the case that Felt was doing what he saw as the best interest of his country.
He wants to do things his way, and as the story moves through Nixon's resignation, we find that Felt may have questioned exactly what "his" way was.
Lastly, a personal thank you to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for their unprecedented work on Watergate.
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 5 months ago by S. Jackson
i love to read every book written by Bob woodward,so entertaining and documented as usuall. Professional , documented and enjoyable.Love it.Published 11 months ago by Hussein Hajaig
It is a well written book describing the history between Woodward and Deep Throat. It tells most the details that people craved. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by mbk21
In what is perhaps the most striking and controversial story in American history there remained one voice that spoke volumes. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by Zachary Bailes
There was something a little off about this entire book, and I could not quite put my finger on it until the very last few pages, when the author admitted he "wrote the book in ten... Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Glenn Gallagher
I usually read reviews before I buy a book. Although I loved "All the President's Men," if I had depended on the reviews; I would not have purchased "The Secret Man" and I would... Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Robert Taylor
This one is only for fans of history or journalism because the story is so complex that if the reader doesn't know much of the background already, the book will be difficult to... Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by Robert Guyette
This book was way too short and felt like it was rushed to the printers. The info in the book wasn't much different than the articles Woodward wrote in the Post after Felt and... Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by Amazon Customer
The book was surley gotten out as quickly as possible, due to the self-outing of Deep Throaght. It was interesting but not a great book.Published on February 8, 2009 by tjpoplar