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The Secret Man


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Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-seven years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the Post's coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored eighteen books, all of which have been national nonfiction bestsellers. Twelve of those have been #1 national bestsellers.


One of the greatest and longest held secrets in American political history is told here in this thoughtful and compelling tale. Washington Post veteran reporter Woodward (coauthor with Carl Bernstein, All the President's Men) finally reveals the story behind his confidential source for the -Watergate scandal, "Deep Throat." The FBI's second in command-W. Mark Felt-was ultimately revealed to be Woodward's source. This very unlikely leak was critical in guiding the reporters to stories that helped bring down the White House of President Richard M. Nixon. While this book is the story of Felt, it also is a glance into the early journalistic career of the author-warts, mistakes, and all. By starting with the chance meeting of Woodward and Felt and slowly taking the listener through their often tumultuous relationship, this book concludes in summer 2005, when Deep Throat's true identity was released to the world. Boyd Gaines's narration is gripping; recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Provocative. . . . Reaffirms the vital role that confidential sources play in keeping the public informed." -- The New York Times
"The Secret Man is one of the best [of the Watergate books] at illuminating the backstage battle to bring President Nixon's team to account. . . . Eye-opening." -- The Boston Globe
"The best short discussion of the distinction -- between the reporter as private eye and the reporter as stenographer -- that has ever been published. The chapter on the protection of sources is a passage that one hopes will be taught in schools." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Long live the use of confidential news sources. . . . An inside look at the give-and-take involved in the often-dicey relationships between journalists and their sources." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A filling-in of many of the final blanks left in the most explosive political/journalism story ever." -- Lincoln Journal Star
"A provocative, even stirring contribution." -- Baltimore Sun

Now that the Watergate scandal source, Deep Throat, has decided to step forward (or at least Mark Felt's family has), this audiobook serves as the final chapter of the saga Woodward and Carl Bernstein began with All the President's Men. Boyd Gaines has a tough job as reader. Retelling a tale that was so memorably and, as it turns out, accurately portrayed by Robert Redford and Hal Holbrook on film is a daunting task. But Gaines rises to the occasion with aplomb. His rendition of Woodward is authoritative yet humble and delivered with a confident crispness. His take on Felt's voice is also strong, and it is interesting to hear Felt's digression into the less complimentary mannerisms of old age. Gaines's version of the older, forgetful Felt sounds a bit like his Richard Nixon, with a pinch of John Wayne thrown in the mix. Overall, The Secret Man is a historically informative and enjoyable listening experience that also speaks to the current issue of journalism and the protection of sources. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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