Summary of A G-Man's Life

The FBI, Being 'Deep Throat', And the Struggle for Honor in Washington

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A G-Man's Life book summary
When FBI official Mark Felt became "Deep Throat," he was torn by loyalty to both the FBI and the U.S.A. And he got torn up.


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This essential historical account explains that the infamous Watergate break-in was only one event in a series of illegal acts by officials in the Nixon administration, which obstructed justice and hindered the subsequent Watergate investigations. Their success pushed career FBI agent Mark Felt to become a newspaper informant, famously known as "Deep Throat." Felt did not mention being "Deep Throat" when he wrote much of this autobiography in the mid-1980s. Instead, he dwells extensively on his early career and his work with J. Edgar Hoover, whose virtues and eccentricities he discusses in detail. With the passing years, Felt, now an old man, has forgotten many details of his fascinating career and the Watergate era. Co-author John O'Connor fleshes out Felt's account with material from Felt's files, relatives and colleagues. This includes new information about his family turmoil and his covert meetings with Post reporter Bob Woodward. Many readers know about Watergate, but Felt's story becomes even more powerful in light of the Justice Department investigations he underwent after his retirement. getAbstract highly recommends this book to anyone interested in U.S. politics.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Mark Felt rose to become a top FBI official and then fell at the end of his career; and
  • What motives drove his decision to become "Deep Throat," the mysterious newspaper informant in the Watergate investigation.


A High-Stakes Game
Seattle FBI agent Mark Felt had his first one-on-one meeting with J. Edgar Hoover, the legendary head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Washington, D.C., in 1954. They discussed the FBI's role in conducting time-consuming background investigations of Atomic...
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About the Authors

Mark Felt lives in Santa Rosa, California. John O'Connor is an attorney and director in the litigation department of a major law firm. His practice focuses on product liability, intellectual property and business tort litigation.

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