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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 acco ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published April 24th 2006 by PublicAffairs
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Jason Koivu
Jan 12, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
What was the deal with that interminable introduction?! It went on forever and yet went nowhere. Get by that and you're in for a treat!

Mark "Deep Throat" Felt, the man who made it possible for Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein to discover the truth behind Watergate, has written a fairly captivating memoir in A G-Man's Life.

Felt was an FBI agent from the earlier days of the bureau who rose up through the ranks to become one of its top officials. Many of the FBI stories he relates
Jan 20, 2010 Margie rated it liked it
Once again I have a problem with a subtitle. In this case it's the part about "being Deep Throat". This memoir was written in the 1980s, prior to Mark Felt coming out as Deep Throat. So he doesn't write about being Deep Throat. The editor/cowriter/family friend adds a subchapter based on his best guesses, but all Felt says is that he talked with Woodward several times. That's it - one sentence. By the time Felt came out as Deep Throat in the 90s, he was already beginning to suffer from dementia ...more
Wilson Trivino
Oct 22, 2014 Wilson Trivino rated it it was amazing
The ultimate G-man, Mark Felt lived inside the FBI world while rising to the top echelons. He was a close confidant and assistant to Herbert Hoover and a patriot.
But his loyalty was not to the bureaucracy world of the FBI but to the ideals of a nation in which he served. This led him to the most important pivotal role which was press informant. Now he comes clean and to how the world knew of his alias Deep Throat.
Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein went on to expose the inner world of
Feb 21, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
Mark Felt objected to the term "Deep Throat"-thinking that it meant that he was continuously leaking to Bob Woodward and of course, objecting to the connection with the Linda Lovelace movie of the same name. It appeared that Mr. Felt didn't feel that he leaked anything to Woodward (even testifying under oath that he did not)-but that rather Felt always maintained that he confirmed what Woodward already knew.

It is very evident that the Felt family are trying to reframe the Watergate story where i
May 03, 2008 Nathan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: L. Patrick Gray
Mark Felt was "Deep Throat". The guy who brought Nixon down. The lone voice of truth in a time of dark, dark lies and a government that was covering up a cover-up. He was an FBI agent, a close assistant to J. Edgar Hoover, and one of the few candidates to replace the famous cross-dresser after he died. He should be regarded as an American hero in a fair world. But this is not a fair world. Despite Felt's best attempt to portray himself in the best light, it is hard to square his questionable mem ...more
David Ward
Jan 12, 2016 David Ward rated it liked it
A G-Man's Life: The FBI, Being "Deep Throat," and the Struggle for Honor in Washington by Mark Felt and John D. O'Connor (Public Affairs 2006) (Biography). This is the autobiography of "Deep Throat", the unnamed source who gave Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post the scoops that kept the Watergate Conspiracy unraveling. Mark Felt was an FBI agent who helped bust the Weather Underground and helped send Richard Nixon into exile and disgrace. He has interesting tales to tell. My ...more
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Donald Elton
Jun 09, 2011 Donald Elton rated it liked it
Good review of the history of the FBI through the eyes of one of its most important agents. Really very little mention of Felt's rôle as Deep Throat but he had bad dementia by the time he allegedly gave "consent" to reveal his identity. Bob Woodward did not think it was ethical for a demented Felt who barely remembered Watergate to release his vow of secrecy but the family and his attorney were ok with it which is why they released the info and is why Woodward would not help write this book.
Jan 19, 2014 Mike rated it did not like it
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It could have been a great book or even a good book. Instead, it is neither. The blame belongs to both Felt and O'Connor.
Dean Hamp
Jan 22, 2013 Dean Hamp rated it liked it
The book demands attention just because of the Watergate connection, but it is much more a personal account of Felt's career as an FBI agent than a juicy exposé of parking garage meetings with Bob Woodward. It was plodding at times, yet I still found it much more interesting than Woodward's book on Felt, "The Invisible Man." I'm not sorry I bought it.
Nov 19, 2008 Debra rated it liked it
Recommended to Debra by: neighbor
This was interesting for me because I was in junior high and high school while all this was going on and I never paid attention. Of course this is told from one man's perspective, but he seems like he has a lot of integrity and seems believable. It was worth reading even though this is not my kind of book usually.
Jan 31, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Interesting how much has changed. It seems like today political figures are able to get away with so much intrigue, and no one calls them on it, either from the investigating agencies or the media. A lot has changed since Watergate, that's for sure
Aug 13, 2012 Joe rated it liked it
A good history lesson on "Deep Throat" (Watergate) and how a U.S. Presidency almost came totally apart. The question why Mark Felt was the informant was never really answered other than it was his "duty."
Sep 06, 2008 Mirm rated it liked it
Interesting confession of "Deep Throat" and description of the inner-workings of the FBI from the Nazi era to the 70s.
Jim Lindgren
Jul 28, 2013 Jim Lindgren rated it it was ok
It was interesting but Felt was not a very interesting guy; and he was goo gung-ho for Hoover for my taste.
May 23, 2012 Barb rated it it was ok
Not as much info about Watergate as I would have liked.
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William Mark Felt, Sr. was an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who retired as the Bureau's Associate Director in 1973. After denying his involvement with reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for 30 years, Felt revealed himself to be the Watergate scandal's whistleblower, "Deep Throat," on May 31, 2005.
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