A G-Man's Life: The FBI, Being 'Deep Throat, ' and the Struggle for Honor in Washington

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Mark Felt's role in history was secured when he decided to share his views on the Watergate break-in with a young reporter on the Washington Post named Bob Woodward. He made sure that the greatest political scandal in the twentieth century, which would besmirch an entire administration and bring down a presidency, was revealed in an unchallengeable way.

This absorbing account of Felt's FBI career, from the end of the great American crime wave through World War II, the culture ...

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Overview

Mark Felt's role in history was secured when he decided to share his views on the Watergate break-in with a young reporter on the Washington Post named Bob Woodward. He made sure that the greatest political scandal in the twentieth century, which would besmirch an entire administration and bring down a presidency, was revealed in an unchallengeable way.

This absorbing account of Felt's FBI career, from the end of the great American crime wave through World War II, the culture wars of the 1960s, and his conviction for his role in penetrating the Weather Underground, provides a rich historical and personal context to the "Deep Throat" chapter of his life. It also provides Felt's personal recollections of the Watergate scandal, which he wrote in 1982 and kept secret, in which he explains how he came to feel that the FBI needed a "Lone Ranger" to protect it from White House corruption. Much more than a Watergate procedural, A G-Man's Life is about life as a spy, the culture of the FBI, and the internal political struggles of mid-20th century America.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781400152292
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Mark Felt (1913-2008) retired from his position as associate director of the FBI in 1973. He was the whistleblower who was referred to as "Deep Throat" during the investigation of the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s. In addition to A G-Man's Life, his memoir detailing his life as an FBI agent, he is also the author of The FBI Pyramid from the Inside.

John O'Connor is a director in Howard Rice's Litigation Department. His practice focuses on product liability, intellectual property, and business tort litigation. He earned his law degree at the University of Michigan, and his A.B. at Notre Dame University. He lives in San Francisco.

Michael Prichard is a professional narrator and stage and film actor who has played several thousand characters during his career. An Audie Award winner, he has recorded well over five hundred books and has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Michael was also named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Deep Throat's final unveiling was worth the wait

    This essential historical account explains that the infamous Watergate break-in was only one event in a series of illegal acts by officials in the Nixon administration, which obstructed justice and hindered the subsequent Watergate investigations. Their success pushed career FBI agent Mark Felt to become a newspaper informant, famously known as 'Deep Throat.' Felt did not mention being 'Deep Throat' when he wrote much of this autobiography in the mid-1980s. Instead, he dwells extensively on his early career and his work with J. Edgar Hoover, whose virtues and eccentricities he discusses in detail. With the passing years, Felt, now an old man, has forgotten many details of his fascinating career and the Watergate era. Co-author John O¿Connor fleshes out Felt¿s account with material from Felt¿s files, relatives and colleagues. This includes new information about his family turmoil and his covert meetings with Post reporter Bob Woodward. Many readers know about Watergate, but Felt¿s story becomes even more powerful in light of the Justice Department investigations he underwent after his retirement. We highly recommend this book to anyone interested in U.S. politics.

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