The mysterious source who helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein break open the Watergate scandal in 1972 remained hidden for thirty-three years. In The Secret Man, Woodward tells the story of his long, complex relationship with W. Mark Felt, the enigmatic former No. 2 man in the FBI who helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon. The Secret Man brings to a close one of the last chapters of Watergate.
"Provocative. . . . Reaffirms the vital role that confidential sources play in keeping the public informed."
-- The New York Times
"The Secret Man is one of the best [of the Watergate books] at illuminating the backstage battle to bring President Nixon's team to account. . . . Eye-opening."
-- The Boston Globe
"The best short discussion of the distinction -- between the reporter as private eye and the reporter as stenographer -- that has ever been published. The chapter on the protection of sources is a passage that one hopes will be taught in schools."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Long live the use of confidential news sources. . . . An inside look at the give-and-take involved in the often-dicey relationships between journalists and their sources."
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A filling-in of many of the final blanks left in the most explosive political/journalism story ever."
-- Lincoln Journal Star
"A provocative, even stirring contribution."
-- Baltimore Sun