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Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat Hardcover – March 5, 2012
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"For anyone interested in the Nixon years, this is a page turner, a perfect blend of investigative and scholarly journalism that explains and documents why Mark Felt--aka Deep Throat--leaked to journalists during Watergate. Holland has answered importand and previously unanswered questions."--John Dean, Nixon White House Counsel
"Holland has given clarity to a misunderstood, complicated, and murky story. A probing, revealing, and necessary addition to the Watergate saga."--Stanley Kutler, author of The Wars of Watergate
"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
"The definitive account of Mark Felts role in Watergate."--Athan Theoharis, author of The FBI and American Democracy
"Consistently smart and savvy."--David J. Garrow, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Bearing the Cross
About the Author
Max Holland is editor of the website Washington Decoded, contributing editor to the Wilson Quarterly and The Nation, and author of The Kennedy Assassination Tapes: The White House Conversations of Lyndon B. Johnson Regarding the Assassination, the Warren Commission, and the Aftermath. He received the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for a forthcoming book on the Warren Commission.
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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.