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University Press publishing book on ‘Deep Throat’

March 20, 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.

Former FBI officials, Mark Felt, left, and Edward S. Miller, appear at a news conference, April 15, 1981 after learning that President Reagan had pardoned them from their conviction of unauthorized break-ins during the Nixon administration's search for opponents during the Vietnam War. Felt is better known as Deep Throat, the anonymous source that helped two Washington Post reporters investigate the Watergate break-ins. A new book published by University Press of Kansas explains how Felt went from FBI company man to whistle-blower.

Former FBI officials, Mark Felt, left, and Edward S. Miller, appear at a news conference, April 15, 1981 after learning that President Reagan had pardoned them from their conviction of unauthorized break-ins during the Nixon administration's search for opponents during the Vietnam War. Felt is better known as Deep Throat, the anonymous source that helped two Washington Post reporters investigate the Watergate break-ins. A new book published by University Press of Kansas explains how Felt went from FBI company man to whistle-blower.

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.

Felt revealed in 2005 that he was Deep Throat. He died in 2008.

Briggs said University 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, University 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.

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BorderRat 2 years, 9 months ago

I thought it was going to be the biography of Linda Lovelace.

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