A G-man's Life

A G-man's Life

The FBI, Being "Deep Throat", and the Struggle for Honor in Washington

Book - 2006
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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 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 protection 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.

Only as he neared the end of his life did Felt confide his role in our national history to members of his family, who then shared it with their lawyer, John O'Connor. The answers to the questions Who is Mark Felt? And why did he risk so much for his country? are brilliantly answered in A G-Man's Life.

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2006.
ISBN: 9781586483777
Branch Call Number: 973. 924 FEL F
Characteristics: xliv, 319 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports.
Additional Contributors: O'Connor, John 1946-


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Apr 05, 2015

There's a really big, some would say colossal, problem with this autobiography: just how in creation did this Felt fellow obtain this information. Nixon would have his office swept daily, several times a day for bugs, once by the Secret Service [once shared a townhouse in D.C. with three other fellows, one of them the electronics tech who did the sweeping], and the second time by a private firm. So we are to blindly accept that the assistant director of the FBI employed magic? Major, and never answered question? [Answer: When Kissinger was at Harvard he would almost routinely rat out fellow competitors for academic positions, calling up the FBI and claiming they were commies! Who was Kissinger's contact at the FBI? W. Mark Felt, of course! Henry Kissinger was deep throat!]

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