In Search of Deep Throat: The Greatest Political Mystery of Our Time

In Search of Deep Throat: The Greatest Political Mystery of Our Time

In Search of Deep Throat: The Greatest Political Mystery of Our Time

In Search of Deep Throat: The Greatest Political Mystery of Our Time

Synopsis

More than a quarter century after Bob Woodward introduced his Scotch-drinking, cigarette-smoking, garage-skulking friend and source in All the President's Men, the public remains enduringly engrossed by the mystery of Deep Throat's identity. Leonard Garment became fascinated himself and began his own search for Deep Throat. This is the story of that hunt and its successful outcome, a hunt conducted in quintessential Washington fashion: at lunches, dinners, and parties, through the examination of secret, classified documents and testimony, and assisted by liberal doses of political gossip and insider tips from Woodward himself.

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In ancient Brittany, after a burial, when everyone else had left to partake of the funeral banquet, some of the old men would remain behind in the graveyard to ask each other riddles. Sir Frazer described this strange ritual in The Golden Bough but said he did not know its origin. He speculated that solving riddles was considered a kind of training for solving the greater mysteries of life and death.

One winter day early this year, I was sitting around with my old friend and law partner Harry McPherson, whose memoir of his years in Lyndon Johnson's White House, A Political Education, is perhaps the best personal account that exists of postwar American politics. Harry and I were talking about the lead science article in that morning's New York Times. Its headline read, Maybe We Are Alone in the Universe, After All. Over the headline, covering the top third of the page, was a photo of a piece of the black, star-clotted universe. the picture was composed of millions of galaxies and solar systems, only a tiny part of what is known to be out there in possibly infinite, eternal space.

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