Friends of Padre Steve’s World. Nothing really new today, but a re-run from a couple of years ago. I am working on another Gettysburg article which I will publish in the next day or two. Today something else that was interesting occurred. Jeb Magruder died. For those who do not remember the Watergate burglary and cover-up which brought down the Nixon administration Magruder was a Nixon staffer who testified that he heard Nixon order the Watergate break-ins. I wrote this article on Max Holland’s book “Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat” the story of the Deputy FBI Director who supplied Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein the information that they needed to help bring down that administration. This article was a review that I did for Max Holland’s account of that event. Holland wrote me and said: “Thank you, Stephen, for that compelling review and excellent summary. It made the book sound so interesting that I wanted to read it–and I wrote it!” It is an excellent read and for those willing to defend or excuse the actions of any Presidential administration to other elected official because of their political leanings…Have a great night. Rest easy.
Motives do matter and actions often have unintended consequences. That is the lesson of Max Holland’s book about Mark Felt. Felt was the man whose leaks helped end the Presidency of Richard Nixon and skyrocket the young and obscure Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to fame. For more than three decades Mark Felt’s identity remained hidden a mystery man to the public, a man popularized by the dark moniker “Deep Throat.” His role as the leaker was suspected by some, including President Nixon and some of his staff but known only for sure by Woodward, Bernstein and Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee.
In this truly scholarly book Max Holland pieces together the dark underside of the Watergate tapestry that Woodward and Bernstein helped to break in 1972 and would go on to write about in All the President’s Men and The Final Days. It is a book that is important…
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