The Secret Man chronicles the story in intimate detail, from Woodward's first, chance encounter with Felt in the Nixon White House, to their covert, middle-of-the-night meetings in an underground parking garage, to the aftermath of Watergate and decades beyond, until Felt finally stepped forward at age 91 to unmask himself as Deep Throat.
The Secret Man is an intense 33-year journey, providing a one-of-a-kind study of trust, deception, pressures, alliances, doubts, and a lifetime of secrets. Woodward has spent more than three decades asking himself why Mark Felt became Deep Throat. Now the world can see what happened and why, bringing to a close one of the last chapters of Watergate.
This audiobook also includes a reporter's assessment by Carl Bernstein.
©2005 Bob Woodward; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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I do not consider myself to be a big fan of non-fiction. But anyone who lived through the events of Watergate and the Nixon Administration should read this story. It is truly a real-life mixture of good fortune and good skill to see the conclusion of it all.
Bob Woodward gives an excellent summary of the events leading up to the disclosure of Deep Throat. The details were not exhaustive but filled in what was needed. In fact, I have gone and purchased All The President's Men in an attempt to recapture more details. (That book was of no interest to me at the time it was first published, as the movie certainly was sufficient to inform me.) But at this stage of my life, I want to go back to the original source.
The narrator did a wonderful job. I cannot say enough about how important it is to "risten" to this title. It will be well worth your investment of a book credit and time.
"This is History"
Perhaps it is a generational thing -- I was in college during the Watergate era. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Secret Man. The narrator does an excellent job and if you didn't know better, you could imagine it was Woodward himself telling the story. The reader (ok, listener) almost feels like an eavesdropper into Woodward's private thoughts.
The book is more about Woodward's struggle and less about Felt but I was in no way disappointed by that. A framework for a discussion on journalistic integrity, this should be required reading for J students everywhere (after All the President's Men of course).
I suspect that some of the younger listeners/reviewers do not fully appreciate a story based on accuracy of information and protecting a source because the media today is more interested in getting information out quickly and less with getting it right.
The only way to make the audiobook better, would have been to have a different narrator for Carl Bernstein's reporter's assessment at the end -- just to help the listener "switch gears."
The Watergate break-in occurred on my 15th birthday. My views of politics were shaped by this and the previous assassinations of several good men. I needed to listen to this book as a form of closure. The book meanders a few times, and one wonders where it's going, but the connection is eventually made. It felt like the final chapter of a very long unfinished story, with all the main characters finally filled in. I was glad to have listened.
"A valuable entry in the Watergate library"
The first part of the book is a necessary recap of Watergate, which offers not too much new material, but does "fill out" the genesis of Woodward's relationship with Mark Felt. However, the truly interesting part of the book is Felt in later years. It is painful hearing Woodward recounting the near - interrogation he gave Felt, a man afflicted with dementia at this time of his life. No matter one's political views, the man deserved to be treated with respect. The narrator, Boyd Gaines, does a superb job preserving Felt's dignity as he reads his lines.
"Deep Throat Story"
Yes. Interesting information filling the gaps of history. Woodward explains with deep compassion for Mr. Felt.
Always interested in new material.
"Guess you had to be there"
I was born during the Nixon administration. Of course I am familiar with the main issues of watergate, but that is about it. For those who were really around during the whole thing, maybe it is a very interesting trip down memory lane. For me this book was just kind of boring, and I usually like history books.
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