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I do not consider myself to be a big fan of non-fiction. But anyone who lived through the events of Watergate and the Nixon Administration should read this story. It is truly a real-life mixture of good fortune and good skill to see the conclusion of it all.
Bob Woodward gives an excellent summary of the events leading up to the disclosure of Deep Throat. The details were not exhaustive but filled in what was needed. In fact, I have gone and purchased All The President's Men in an attempt to recapture more details. (That book was of no interest to me at the time it was first published, as the movie certainly was sufficient to inform me.) But at this stage of my life, I want to go back to the original source.
The narrator did a wonderful job. I cannot say enough about how important it is to "risten" to this title. It will be well worth your investment of a book credit and time.
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Perhaps it is a generational thing -- I was in college during the Watergate era. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Secret Man. The narrator does an excellent job and if you didn't know better, you could imagine it was Woodward himself telling the story. The reader (ok, listener) almost feels like an eavesdropper into Woodward's private thoughts.
The book is more about Woodward's struggle and less about Felt but I was in no way disappointed by that. A framework for a discussion on journalistic integrity, this should be required reading for J students everywhere (after All the President's Men of course).
I suspect that some of the younger listeners/reviewers do not fully appreciate a story based on accuracy of information and protecting a source because the media today is more interested in getting information out quickly and less with getting it right.
The only way to make the audiobook better, would have been to have a different narrator for Carl Bernstein's reporter's assessment at the end -- just to help the listener "switch gears."
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