A G-Man's Life by Mark Felt
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 account of Felt's FBI career, from the end of the great American crime wave through World War II, the culture wars of the 1960s, and his conviction for his role in penetrating the Weather Underground, provides a rich historical and personal context to the "Deep Throat" chapter of his life. It also provides Felt's personal recollections of the Watergate scandal, which he wrote in 1982 and kept secret, in which he explains how he came to feel that the FBI needed a "Lone Ranger" to protection it from White House corruption. Much more than a Watergate procedural, A G-Man's Life is about life as a spy, the culture of the FBI, and the internal political struggles of mid-20th century America.

Only as he neared the end of his life did Felt confide his role in our national history to members of his family, who then shared it with their lawyer, John O'Connor. The answers to the questions Who is Mark Felt? And why did he risk so much for his country? are brilliantly answered in A G-Man's Life.


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Mark Felt lives in San Diego, CA. John O'Connor is a director in Howard Rice's Litigation Department. His practice focuses on product liability, intellectual property, and business tort litigation. He earned his law degree at the University of Michigan, and his A.B. at Notre Dame University. He lives in San Francisco.
Published January 1, 2006 by Public Affairs Books (Perseus Books). 319 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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This autobiography, assembled from Felt's 1979 memoir, The FBI Pyramid from the Inside , other unpublished writings and reminiscences by family and friends, h

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(The copyright page suggests that Felt wrote it with the conservative writer Ralph de Toledano, who must be a bit peeved that Felt lied to him about being Deep Throat.) After Felt's conviction and subsequent pardon by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, O'Connor says, Felt prepared a manuscript i...

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A G-Man's Life by Mark Felt and John O'Connor 376pp, Public Affairs, £15.99 Watergate was a fine piece of mythmaking.

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Edgar Hoover, Felt's mentor, and seeks to seize some of the public glory that's gone to Woodward.It's also personal: about Felt's estrangement and reconciliation with his daughter, a former "flower child," and the 1984 suicide of his wife, which is blamed on Felt's legal problems.In 1980, he was ...

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