The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat

The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat

Bob Woodward Carl Bernstein / Dec 15, 2019

The Secret Man The Story of Watergate s Deep Throat The Secret Man The Story of Watergate s Deep Throat

  • Title: The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat
  • Author: Bob Woodward Carl Bernstein
  • ISBN: 9780743287159
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Hardcover
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        Robert Bob Upshur Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post While an investigative reporter for that newspaper, Woodward, working with fellow reporter Carl Bernstein, helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to U.S President Richard Nixon s resignation Woodward has written 12 best selling non fiction books and has twice contributed reporting to efforts that collectively earned the Post and its National Reporting staff a Pulitzer Prize.


    1. In The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat, Bob Woodward lays down the Watergate history and then spends the rest of the book detailing his struggle with revealing the identity of Deep Throat, the source that helped him and Carl Bernstein understand and unveil the scandal. If you're unfamiliar with the subject, this would make a nice companion read to A G-Man's Life: The FBI, Being "Deep Throat," and the Struggle for Honor in Washington. Both books share much of the same information [...]

    2. It's so frustrating--Woodward is such a fantastic researcher and such a poor writer. There's a focus that's sorely lacking in most of his books that's present on every page of The Final Days and All the President's Men, both co-authored with Carl Bernstein. Bernstein is featured in a tacked-on coda to the book, which dispatches its narrative with more crisp efficiency than anything Woodward can summon in the previous pages. Hrm.

    3. "Why were you Deep Throat? What was your motive? Who are you? Who were you?"Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men - to me one of the rare books that really deserve to be bestsellers - portrayed the painstaking journalistic and political process that eventually exposed the so-called Watergate affair and led to President Nixon's resignation from office in August of 1974. As a first-class non-fiction suspense it was one of the most fascinating reads of my life. Mr. Woodward's Th [...]

    4. A thought-provoking look at the most famous informant in U.S. political history. I'm not sure how Woodward stretches out the seemingly straightforward details of "Deep Throat," but the book kept me interested all the way through. (Spoiler) Certainly the ethical dilemma raised at the end of the book (that Mark Felt ended up with dementia at the end of his life) was intriguing. This leads me to the only part of the book I did not like: Woodward's seemingly-total ignorance that he was interviewing [...]

    5. It’s not often that I’ll finish a book in two sittings. Since my work requires close attention to copy, or at least, attention to copy, I’m usually in no state to focus at the end of the day, so my reading time tends to be restricted to half an hour on the bike at the gym, first thing in the morning.But I was recommended Bob Woodward’s The Secret Man a week ago—got it from the library, and finished it in two days. It’s a fascinating study, not just of the journalist’s craft, but al [...]

    6. This is the only one of Bob Woodward's Watergate trilogy I'd read before this year, and after reading All The President's Men and The Final Days I'd say it is the least essential of them. It's short, though. If Deep Throat's identity was ever something you obsessed about, or if the theme of strong bonds between dissimilar people forged amid shared stressful experiences resonates with you, it's worth your time. Woodward hadn't been in touch with Mark Felt very much until the early 2000s. By then, [...]

    7. I still haven't sought out that famous car garage in Rosslyn where Woodward met Deep Throat at 3am. Woodward is quite revealing, and self-revealing, in this hastily written book, rushed to publication soon after the elderly Mark Felt revealed himself to be the famous source of Watergate.Woodward could have used the opportunity to further capitalize on the mythic status of his mysterious source. Throughout his long career he admits other sources have spilled their secrets easily b/c they know he [...]

    8. I've had this book a long time, but finally took the time to read it after listening to a podcast with Carl Bernstein. The book was clearly written for the general population, given some of the explanations of basic government vocabulary. It was a quick read that explains how Mark Felt became Deep Throat, and the ultimate demise of the relationship between Felt and Woodward. A good story with a lot of info never before known by us. I really enjoyed it! I've ordered "All The President's Men" for [...]

    9. Firstly, anyone planning to read this should first (re)read "All the President's Men." I would have got more out of this book if I had.Interesting story telling at the beginning but I was disappointed with the end. There were no real revelations and I felt the recorded questioning of an elderly man with dementia was extremely problematic. The author attempts to analyse his dilemma about whether to reveal or confirm his source but I felt his repeated questioning came dangerously close to harassme [...]

    10. Re-read All The President's Men first (too many parallels to current events), and followed up with this Woodward standalone. Remembering when Mark Felt's story broke and Woodward scrambled to rush this book to the printer, I can now say it isn't one of his strongest piece's of non-fiction. As a memoir of the man who was Deep Throat and a well thought out exploration of Woodward and Felt's relationship and how it impacted the Watergate story, The Secret Man is well worth reading.

    11. I lived through the original Watergate, watched the hearings like a soap opera all that summer so I enjoyed this reminder of events and the revelation of Mark Felt as Deep Throat. I never realized what a courageous thing it was to do what DT did. We need a modern day version for sure. So many comparable events in today's presidency.

    12. Excellent book about the background and history of Bob Woodward's confidential Watergate source, Deep Throat. Aside from their work together during the Watergate investigation, the book dives into the DC intrigue that swirled around the identity of Deep Throat and the later years of Woodward and Felt's relationship.

    13. It is short and it feels rushed. Having enjoyed All The President's Men and The Final Days this didn't quite live up to my expectations. However I really enjoyed it and it fleshed out Deep Throat, moving him from the realm of caricature to likeable person.

    14. Clearly rushed to the presses, it's not the cleanest of Woodward's books. But it's personal, which makes it different.

    15. Interesting read. I will be reading "All the President's Men" now this book has piqued my curiosity in Watergate.

    16. It felt a little eerily relevant to be reading this in our current climate when there is so much going on behind closed doors, and so little being factually, reliably reported, or read. This is a must-read for anyone with any knowledge or interestin the Watergate affair, but if it's all new to you, start with the author's original book All The President's Men, or failing that the film, and then finish with this kind portrait of a man who risked so much for what he saw as his duty to his country. [...]

    17. I came across The Secret Man in the book bin at my local 99 Cents Only store. That struck me as a sad fate for a book written by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist dealing with one of the most mysteris of the 20th century, the identity of Woodward's fabled Watergate secret source, Deep Throat. I thought it was perhaps an appropriate resting place. The book is several years old, pales by comparison with All The President's Men, and Deep Throat's identity had already been revealed by the time Woo [...]

    18. Too much Bob Woodward and too little about Mark Felt. Too many irrelevant details, without which there would have been a sunday paper feature. By the way that would have been appropriate.

    19. I had always wondered about Watergate scandal and I got a chance to clear some air about the mysteries in this bookough the book primarily deals with the main character who supplied Bob and Carl (the Washington posts journalists who played a major role in bringing out the crime and abuses under President Nixon's time)d whoa! what a solid man the guy isyou have to read the book to see the entire episode from his perspectiveIt reads like a true revealing book of the main character behind the scand [...]

    20. I would say that this book is of interest mainly to Watergate buffs. The identity of Deep Throat has tantalized that small but persistent community for decades. Several books have been written about him. Both in the book and the movie "All the President's men", he is portratyed as a brooding, moody insider with divided loyalties. In other words : a human being. The first part of the book, which Woodward had apparently written in advance, explains how Woodward met and cultivated Deep Throat. Ther [...]

    21. What a book! The first hundred pages are exciting, detailing the relationship Woodward had with Mark Felt - Deep Throat. Then pages and pages of self-examination that are not at first very interesting, more of Woodward's personal struggles keeping the secret a secret. A sad interview, minute by minute, of Woodward with Felt while in a state of dementia, followed by the final divulging of Felt's role as Deep Throat. Carl Bernstein has a short epilogue which beautifully sums up the hazards and imp [...]

    22. This book was written by Bob Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein wrote the definitive books about the Watergate saga, "All the President's Men" and "The Final Days". This book finally tells us the identity of Woodward's informant throughout the investigation which led to the writing of landmark articles for his employer, the Washington Post. Just before his death, the informant revealed his identity to his family and Woodward and Bernstein were only willing to reveal his name after the infor [...]

    23. Woodward manages to set out the conflicts that must have existed in the man who not only did his duty but performed a higher duty. I think Mark Felt would have approved of the understated telling of his part of the Watergate story.While the essence of the story has to be the puzzle of why Mark Felt told Woodward so much - his own sense of public duty? fatherly guidance to Woodward? the disapproval of the modus operandii of the Nixon Whitehouse etc? this book doesn't answer it. Neither should it [...]

    24. For anyone who read All the President's Men (thats me) or who has committed most of its movie version to memory (thats me again!) the back story behind the mysterious Deep Throat is an almost must-read. With Woodward's gift for concise yet introspective storytelling, The Secret Man is a smooth story that almost entirely quenches the thirst of anyone who wants to know more about what happened in that Rosslyn parking garage on so many nights in the early 70s.The flaw that lessened my enjoyment of [...]

    25. Over 20 years ago, I saw "All The President's Men" on TV and shortly afterward read the book and books by participants of the Watergate Scandal. "The Secret Man" is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle; who was "Deep Throat". Bob Woodward used to say that if you knew who "Deep Throat" was it was obvious, if you didn't know, it was not obvious".Both Woodward and William Mark Felt, Sr. denied that Felt, number 2 at the FBI during the Watergate years, was "Deep Throat" until Felt broke the story hi [...]

    26. This book was a quick read - first two chapters before bed, the rest in a few hours the next evening. Somehow, Bob Woodward needed to write this book. The greatest mystery in the history of journalism, and a tale only he could tell. Disappointingly, both to me and Mr. Woodward, we don't learn a great deal about the motivations of Mr. Felt, as Woodward, respecting the privacy of his confidential source, arrives at Felt's door after the onset of dementia. Woodward offers his theories of the man kn [...]

    27. Bob Woodward kept the secret for years, never revealing who "Deep Throat" (no, not that one) really was. Then the man revealed himself as Mark Felt, former F.B.I. assistant director, and Woodward was finally free to tell the whole story. Rather than write a comprehensive book about Felt, or investigate Felt the way he'd investigated Nixon, or even write a coherent story about the event, Woodward rushed out The Secret Man. It is obvious that he was trying to cash in on the temporary media flurry [...]

    28. I really enjoyed learning that Woodward just thought he'd like to give journalism a shot. The Washington Post editor brought him on can't remember if it was Ben Bradlee or not for two weeks just show how unprepared he was. But, he enjoyed his fumbling, went off to a smaller paper to improve and came back with a unique skill set and journalistic determination that arguably made the Watergate investigation reality.Mark Felt, Deepthroat, was a very interesting man. Putting practically everything he [...]

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