Nathan's Reviews > A G-Man's Life: The FBI, Being "Deep Throat," and the Struggle for Honor in Washington

A G-Man's Life by Mark Felt
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May 03, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: biography, nixon-craziness, history
Recommended for: L. Patrick Gray
Read in April, 2008

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 memory with that of countless other books that more factually examine the events of Watergate. Worse, his justifications for being the most famous whistle blower in American history ring about as truthful as your average Donald Rumsfeld press conference. If Felt was really the principled, stand-up guy he wants us to think he is, he'd have resigned from office as soon as the cover-up started and gone public, instead of leaking half-truths to a dozen different journalists and sending the country into a confused panic that barely kept up with the legitimate investigation. Despite all the flowery re-examinations of Felt and Deep Throat, nothing changes the Occam's Razor-tight fact that Felt was most likely leaking for revenge, purely for getting passed over for the Director's spot. The final story of Watergate has not been written yet, and in the end, not much revealed in this self-serving, anti-climactic heap of words adds anything to what we already knew, or already suspected. Just more fog for the haze.


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