- Hardcover: 351 pages
- Publisher: Putnam; Assumed First edition (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399119043
- ISBN-13: 978-0399119040
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The FBI pyramid from the inside Hardcover – 1979
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More importantly from a historical perspective is that this book is also an unapologetic defense of his mentor J. Edgar Hoover. For example, he characterizes Hoover as being more pro-civil rights than just about anyone else in Washington, such as being against the Japanese internment camps in World War II, refusing to bug offices of a President's opponents etc. Hoover apparently was more pro-civil liberties than Felt himself, as Hoover tried to pull the plug on certain illegal activities which Felt allowed to continue. He refutes many of the dark allegations made against Hoover, such as the investigation of Martin Luther King, although I don't have the background to know if his description of these issues is accurate. Still, it is very interesting to get an alternative point of view on the subject.
Felt is very even-handed, as he complains almost as much about the Kennedy administration (especially the Attorney General RFK) as he does about Nixon. He complains that both Kennedy and Truman did not take the Red Menace seriously enough. The one organization to which he had unqualified loyalty was the FBI itself. Because of this, Felt resents the attempts by both the Kennedy and Nixon administrations to interfere with FBI investigations.
The book is not perfect. True to his career as an adminstrator, he sometimes spends too much time describing bureaucratic minutiae that do not have much relevance to the story.Read more ›
At the moment, let's see......ONE original copy available, $1995.00 -- No, I don't think so. :-)
There is much that we can look for in this book. Besides possible clues about Mr. Felt's motivation for being "Deep Throat" and perhaps even unconscious hints that it was he, we will get a close view of the nature and structure of the FBI and of what he valued about it. I would look particularly for what he said about possible kinds of threats to the authority and functioning of the agency; it then may not be hard to read between the lines for hints of the threats that Mr. Felt had seen and sensed from the Nixon administration.
But this is all speculation until we get the book ourselves. Please re-print it, and help this postscript of the Watergate story to unfold.
I mean, my goodness, how much more blunt could it have been!
....and the book came out 25 years ago!
I also find it ironic that Mr. Felt was actually sent to prison himself---and had former President Nixon testify on his behalf! He was even later pardoned by President Reagan, and got a congratulatory note from former President Nixon, that said, "Justice Always Prevails". Mr. Felt was definitely a brave man! You will definitely find this to be an interesting book.
Felt says the actions of the FBI neutralized the threat of terrorism from Al Fatah, the Jewish Defense League, and the Weather Underground (p.13). Felt warns against any complacency since terrorism can return (p.14)! The following chapters tell of his career and the events that propelled him to the top of the FBI Pyramid. Felt gives his side on the "palace intrigue" and his disagreements with William C. Sullivan. [Sullivan was shot before he could testify to the House Select Committee that Investigated Assassinations.] New agents were assigned to four different Field offices in their first four years. There were financial and personal hardships in this (p.25).Read more ›
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Felt's experience and insight allow him to present this material in an accessible way.Published 22 months ago by Arlene Rice
This was a gift for my daughter who had been looking for it since HS. She's in graduate school now. I never knew that she wanted such a thing. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Debby Hornburg
Mark Felt never "said he was Deepthroat." Bob Woodward was the one who revealed that fact AFTER Felt passed away. This book is a good read. Highly recommend it. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Logic
In this book, Mark Felt denied being Deep Throat. Now he says that he was Deep Throat. So I pose the question - was he lying then or is he is lying now? Read morePublished on June 17, 2005 by joepozz
2 Jun 05: Since Mark Felt has recently been identified as "Deep Throat", I predict that his obscure memoir, will not only come back into print... Read morePublished on June 2, 2005 by Deep Throat 2