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In Washington, D.C., where little stays secret for long, the identity of Deep Throat, the mysterious source who helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein break open the Watergate scandal in 1972, remained hidden for 33 years. Now, Woodward tells the story of his long, complex relationship with W. Mark Felt, the enigmatic No. 2 man in the Federal Bureau of Investigation who helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon.

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.

Don't miss Bob Woodward on Fresh Air and at the Tribeca Talks with 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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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 10-15-05

Highly Reccomended

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.

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  • Janet
  • Midlothian, VA, USA
  • 01-21-08

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."

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Closure

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.

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A chance meeting and then... history.

I never knew Navy Lieutenant Bob Woodward first met Mark Felt by chance in the waiting room outside the Oval Office! I also never knew Felt & Reagan's paths intersected but I won't say how because I don't want to ruin the story.

The narrator's voice & style are just marvelous. Very, very listenable.

The story itself is FASCINATING! I was just a young girl when Watergate happened so I don't remember anything but Nixon resigning. I can still smell the rug and remember it was really humid that day. But what I know about the episode came from the movie & subsequent reading.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Great story

I remember watching every day of the Watergate hearings. I had just graduated from high school and was not working. I have read all the books and theories about deep throat and was happy that Mr. Felt had the chance to reveal it himself. This book recounts the events that led to the reveal. Very enjoyable. Highly recommended

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Fantastic!

I highly recommend this book. Its good to read about a critical moment in history through the lense of an outsider, yet someone so important to history. The narration was great. I never wanted to stop listening. I will be listening to several of Bob's other books now.

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Very Interesting

I've always enjoyed learning more about our government & Watergate. The behind the scenes was very interesting & I enjoyed hearing about the man who was Deep Throat, as well as the reporters.

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History comes full circle.

For those who care, we have waited decades to know the whole story that started with All the Presidents Men and The Final Days. Now we know who and why.

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Great storytelling

An interesting epilogue to the Watergate story. While a few loose ends still remain, it's a good read and I would recommend it.

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A Rehash of All the President's Men. Not much new.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Needs to be fresh material, not a rehash of another book I've read.

Has The Secret Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Man?

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Any additional comments?

I revere Bob Woodward as one of the men who saved our democracy during the Nixon years. But if you've read ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, as I recently did, this book is in large part a rehash with precious little new material about Mark Felt, the man revealed to be Deep Throat.