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Author: Max Holland
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©2012.
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Through the shadowy persona of 'Deep Throat', FBI official Mark Felt became as famous as the Watergate scandal his 'leaks' helped uncover. Felt was regarded for decades as a conscientious but highly secretive whistleblower who shunned the limelight. Yet even after he finally revealed his identity in 2005, questions about his true motivations persisted. The author critiques all the theories of Felt's motivation that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: W Mark Felt; William Mark Felt; W Mark Felt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Holland
ISBN: 9780700618293 0700618295
OCLC Number: 760979076
Description: xiii, 285 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A forced departure, May 1973 --
The "war of the FBI succession," 1969-1972 --
Felt's private COINTELPRO, June 1972 --
To leak or not to leak?, July 1972 --
Special Agent Woodward, August 1972 --
Retracing the bureau's steps, August-October 1972 --
Richard Nixon's own "Deep Throat", October 1972 --
"A claque of ambitious men," November 1972-January 1973 --
The safe choice, February 1973 --
Gray self-destructs, March-May 1973 --
The making of Deep Throat, 1973-1981 --
Epilogue, 1982-2011.
Responsibility: Max Holland.

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Through the shadowy persona of 'Deep Throat', FBI official Mark Felt became as famous as the Watergate scandal his 'leaks' helped uncover. Felt was regarded for decades as a conscientious but highly secretive whistleblower who shunned the limelight. Yet even after he finally revealed his identity in 2005, questions about his true motivations persisted. The author critiques all the theories of Felt's motivation that have circulated over the years, including notions that Felt had been genuinely upset by White House law-breaking or had tried to defend and insulate the FBI from the machinations of President Nixon and his Watergate henchmen. The author then reveals for the first time in detail what truly motivated the FBI's number-two executive to become the most fabled secret source in American history. He showcases the many twists and turns to Felt's story that are not widely known, revealing not a selfless official acting out of altruistic patriotism, but rather a career bureaucrat with his very own private agenda. Drawing on interviews, oral histories, FBI Watergate files, papers of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, presidential tape recordings, and other Watergate-related papers, this book sheds new light on both Felt's motivations and the complex and often problematic relationship between the press and government officials. Fast-paced and scrupulously fact-checked, this book resolves the mystery residing at the heart of Mark Felt's actions. By doing so, it radically revises our understanding of America's most famous presidential scandal. -- from Book Jacket.

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