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University Press publishes new book revealing ‘Deep Throat’ motives

March 17, 2012

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A new book being published by the University Press of Kansas on the reasons why the man known as “Deep Throat” helped newspaper reporters in the Watergate case caught the attention of John Dean, a former White House counsel who served President Richard Nixon.

A new book by author Max Holland on the Watergate scandal is winning accolades from John Dean, former White House counsel for President Nixon. The book, "Leak: Why Mark Felt became Deep Throat," is published by University Press of Kansas.

A new book by author Max Holland on the Watergate scandal is winning accolades from John Dean, former White House counsel for President Nixon. The book, "Leak: Why Mark Felt became Deep Throat," is published by University Press of Kansas.

Dean was charged with obstruction of justice and spent four months in prison for his role in the Watergate cover-up. He was asked by the publisher to read the manuscript and wrote in an online article that he thought the author, Max Holland, successfully navigated the vast historical record.

“Holland’s narrowed focus then enabled him to deal with this massive record,” Dean wrote. “By seeking the assistance of others who know this record well, he was able to be certain he had found virtually all of the available material that was relevant to his inquiry.”

Max Holland’s book, “Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat,” seeks to answer that question.

Michael Briggs, editor-in-chief at the University Press in Lawrence, edited the book. The short answer, Briggs said, is that Felt was upset he was not immediately chosen for the FBI director’s position after J. Edgar Hoover died.

Briggs said the press is designed to serve the state universities in Kansas, but it looks all over to find authors and topics in its areas of specialization.

“We recruit nationwide” for authors and book ideas, Briggs said.

The press has taken a special interest in the topics of American politics, American history and military studies, Briggs said.

For that reason, the press took an interest in Holland, an independent scholar and journalist, and his project, he said. Holland, who had initially been working with a commercial publisher for the work, took an interest in the press because of its previous books on Watergate, Briggs said.

“I’m really proud of the book,” Briggs said.

Comments

verity 2 years, 9 months ago

A bit of a downer to know that Mark Felt did the right thing for the wrong reason.

guess_again 2 years, 9 months ago

Most people are unaware that Mark Felt was assigned to the Kansas City FBI office and lived in Johnson County for a period of time. I know a person who used to date his daughter in high school.

Brigg's thesis is not a new one; you see it implied in other Watergate related literature. But I presume this book is the first time that someone has threaded all the tea-leaves together on this theory. The University Press frequently supports authors and books which are not so much a general popular press book/audience, but closer to real history, with footnotes and sources. I look forward to reading this one.

verity 2 years, 9 months ago

The University Press has certain areas of study they pursue and they do a great job. Whenever you see that they have published something, you know it's worth reading.

I seem to remember that Mr Felt actually said that was his motive when he outed himself when he knew he wouldn't be living much longer. I was surprised---he could have made himself look like a hero rather than just a vengeful person. Seeing the back-up material and how it all fits together will be interesting.

After having seen the movie "Dick," I was disappointed that the true story was so much more mundane and unromantic.

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