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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Woodward Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9780743552264
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In Washington, D.C., where little stays secret for long, the identity of Deep Throat -- the mysterious source who helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein break open the Watergate scandal in 1972 -- remained hidden for 33 years. Now, Woodward tells the story of his long, complex relationship with W. Mark Felt, the enigmatic former No. 2 man in the Federal Bureau of Investigation who helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon.

The Secret Man chronicles the story in intimate detail, from Woodward's first, chance encounter with Felt in the Nixon White House, to their covert, middle-of-the-night meetings in an underground parking garage, to the aftermath of Watergate and decades beyond, until Felt finally stepped forward at age 91 to unmask himself as Deep Throat.

The Secret Man is an intense 33-year journey, providing a one-of-a-kind study of trust, deception, pressures, alliances, doubts and a lifetime of secrets. Woodward has spent more than three decades asking himself why Mark Felt became Deep Throat. Now the world can see what happened and why, bringing to a close one of the last chapters of Watergate. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The penultimate chapter, in which [Woodward] explains his adamant position on the protection of sources, is a passage that one hopes will be taught in schools.” 

    Christopher Hitchens, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Open[s] a window on the fraught relationships at the heart of journalism.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Comes across as honest, personal, and slightly off balance, seemingly mirroring the author’s own ambivalent feelings about his relationship with Felt…Equally interesting here is the chance to reprise the various journalistic decisions Woodward has made over the years—particularly relevant, in today’s world, is the whole topic of protecting sources. A must.” 

    Booklist

  • “The concerns raised here about governmental authority and presidential power are as timely now as they were in the America of Vietnam and Watergate. Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this more than I thought, and may check out some of Bob Woodward's other books. I'm not huge into the Watergate happenings, but I liked Woodward's portrayal of his role, and how Deep Throat was a part of that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/9/2014

    " my reporter-side of me just thought this was such an amazing story - to finally get the details was awesome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 2/6/2014

    " Re-reading...better than I remembered, but still is more like a really long magazine article. Lotsa padding by ol' Woodward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 1/24/2014

    " gets shitty toward the end when Woodward clearly had to rush to print with an incomplete draft after he got scooped by his own source. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg | 1/23/2014

    " You know what kills me? Theorists who argue there was no Deep Throat. Now, in light of the evidence, they claim "he could be lying; the guy's got dementia, doesn't he?" But they don't read the books. So shut up about it. After reading/watching All the President's Men, the tale of Woodward's encounters with W. Mark Felt are even more enthralling. It's like looking at history through another window. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allan | 1/18/2014

    " I wish Woodward's recent books were a little less about how great his access is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Warner | 1/17/2014

    " This is a book I'm somewhat connected to, having helped former White House counsel Leonard Garment on his book, IN SEARCH OF DEEP THROAT. I'm glad Woodward and Bernstein have finally unmasked the mysterious supersource and told his story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/15/2014

    " A bit disappointing, both for the fact Mark Felt suffers from dementia, and knowing that Woodward could have prepared this book years ago, it seemed like parts of the story were glossed over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Valdepenas | 1/8/2014

    " Excellent in depth read about the relationship between W. Mark Felt and Woodward while the Nixon investigations were going on. The book shows the importance that Felt had in having the truth come out (partially) all the way to the resignation of Nixon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kamal Kannan | 12/20/2013

    " Always fascinated by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein books.. As I suspect, the source was nicknamed 'Deep Throat' (in line with the famous pornographic movie of that time) the book is fantastic read for the art of investigating journalism and the art of clandestine news gathering "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Durbin | 11/23/2013

    " Audiobook. Loved it. Another angle on the Watergate story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 11/14/2013

    " Excellent, fast read on information filling details of things I already knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 9/13/2013

    " I've always been fascinated by Deep Throat, and I'm glad I lived in the 30 year post-Watergate period when it was still such a well kept secret. It made it that much more interesting to learn more of the details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 7/6/2013

    " W. Mark Felt is a great man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freder | 12/13/2012

    " When this turned up on our work shelf at Thorndike Press I grabbed it! This is one of the big stories from my youth, and Woodward tells of its beginning and end with genuine warmth for Feld. I dropped Woodward an email when I was done, thanked him -- and he answered! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy Kuhn | 9/5/2012

    " One of the ultimate mysterious in U.S. history is finally solved, Who is Deep Throat?. This book gives the background on how the link between Mark Felt and Bob Woodward came about, as well as details of their meetings. A solid read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denny | 4/24/2012

    " learned a lot from this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane Stoltz | 2/7/2012

    " A nice inside on Deep Throat and Woodwards relationship "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitie | 11/7/2011

    " I hope I tell all of my secrets when I get dementia, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 10/27/2011

    " Just a quick cash-in for Woodward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 5/17/2011

    " Another winner by Bob Woodward. Important contribution to US history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/6/2011

    " Audiobook. Loved it. Another angle on the Watergate story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/5/2010

    " I enjoyed the backstory on how Woodward met Mark Felt. Also, enjoyed reading how the first approach to Felt as a source came about in the early days after the Watergate break-in and Felt's metamorphosis into "Deep Throat." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie | 2/5/2010

    " Audiobook. Fascinating, having spent some time in the Belt Way and am intrigued with Watergate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/19/2010

    " A memoir of Woodward's dealings with Mark Felt, aka Deep Throat. A good read if you are interested at all with Watergate story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/13/2010

    " Surprisingly, Watergate continues to fascinate. The cloak and dagger of the unravelling of the story is so interesting. The book bogs down a bit towards the end as Woodward agonizes about whether he can name his still living but mentally incompetent source. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 1/9/2010

    " If nothing else, after reading this book, at least I now know who "Deep Throat" really was. Other than that, it was an OK read, but not particularly riveting. "

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About the Author
Author Bob WoodwardBob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-four years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh.
About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time.