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The author presents startling discoveries that indicate that the American public has been seriously misinformed about the Watergate Scandal and reveals the actual culprits, sexual scandals, and malicious interagency spying

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Kathryn
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Another great Watergate conspiracy book!
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2018
If you are interested in the various theories relating to the Watergate Scandal, this is a must read. Copyright is 1984. Very early, all things considered, in the deluge of Watergate books and follow-up books, and theories, and discovery of identities (Deep Throat), and... See more
If you are interested in the various theories relating to the Watergate Scandal, this is a must read. Copyright is 1984. Very early, all things considered, in the deluge of Watergate books and follow-up books, and theories, and discovery of identities (Deep Throat), and the seemingly endless saga that is Watergate. I could not find this book for my Kindle, or as an audio book. But I finally found it in a used book store (on-line). It was "delightful" to read...having read so many others. Will we ever know what was behind all this? Probably not. But it sure is interesting.
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Scott C Marinoff
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Fascinating look at a mysterious case
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2019
The book added many additional details about the events leading up to the break-ins and arrests - and the aftermath. I''ve followed the Watergate case since it happened and the book brought new threads and patterns to this crazy quilt case. Ultimately, it was the cover-up... See more
The book added many additional details about the events leading up to the break-ins and arrests - and the aftermath. I''ve followed the Watergate case since it happened and the book brought new threads and patterns to this crazy quilt case. Ultimately, it was the cover-up that brought Nixon down and given developments in 2019, it''s clear that some never quite learned the lesson of Watergate: Lies and paranoia will always lead to a downfall.
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Jim DiEugenio
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A First Class Piece of Investigative Journalism
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2015
To this day, this is probably the best book ever written about Watergate. Even though it was published back in 1984, over 30 years ago. The book takes such a divergent view of the crime, that it is almost like you are reading about it for the first time. See... See more
To this day, this is probably the best book ever written about Watergate. Even though it was published back in 1984, over 30 years ago.

The book takes such a divergent view of the crime, that it is almost like you are reading about it for the first time. See most books on the subject at that time began with the break in. They followed the lead of Bernstein-Woodward in All the President''s Men. Which Bob Redford had stupidly swallowed.

Hougan started with the roles of Hunt and McCord, way back in the CIA. And he shows that it is very doubtful that both men were still retired in 1972. Or as Victor Marchetti once told me about David Phillips and meeting him in 1978, "Dave was retired but he really wasn''t retired." Once one understands that, then Hougan brings in all the anomalies that these two men did, showing how the CIA monitored and controlled aspects of the Plumbers, and
that ultimately resulted in the Watergate caper being discovered. In other words, he begins with the proper background of the perpetrators, then goes through the creation of the Plumbers, and accents the role of the Mullen Company which was a CIA front where Hunt was working at before he was pushed on Chuck Colson by Robert Bennett, another CIA asset,
who was spinning the crime for Bob Woodward and the Post.

The triumph of the book is the chapter where Hougan depicts for us a an almost minute by minute portrayal of the actual final beak in. Which shows that it very likely was sabotaged by McCord. Who just happened to be the guy who broke the case into the White House with his letter to Judge Sirica.

Hougan does give credit to Fred Thompson''s book At That Point in Time (1978). Which was overlooked when it came out. But did have a lot of information on the CIA aspect and the lies of Dick Helms about Watergate.
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Lisa T.
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Fast delivery!
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
I''m just beginning this; curious to know everything there is to know about the super spy E. Howard Hunt. Thank you Wonder Book and Video for a great price and very fast delivery.
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Earth that Was
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There is still a lot we don''t know about Watergate
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2010
Jim Hougan is an able investigative reporter with an interest in the "underworld" of Spooks and Spies. Hougan''s book "Spooks", in many ways a companion volume to "Secret Agenda", was the product of a four year investigative project. Hougan does his home work.... See more
Jim Hougan is an able investigative reporter with an interest in the "underworld" of Spooks and Spies. Hougan''s book "Spooks", in many ways a companion volume to "Secret Agenda", was the product of a four year investigative project. Hougan does his home work.

"Secret Agenda" raises questions about Watergate and the numerous CIA connections in the case. In particular Hougan explores the implications of the Radford spy ring, an "unofficial" Pentagon spy operation directed at Kissinger''s secret diplomacy, and a Washington DC based "Call Girl" ring over which the CIA''s general security unit had some influence.

It is difficult to assess how Hougan''s theory holds up today. During the famous Frost / Nixon interviews, Nixon himself alluded to some national security angles to the Watergate affair and recently Gordon Liddy has made statements in support of some of Hougan''s ideas in connection with a recent court case. Still Hougan''s pick for the identity of "Deep Throat" has not panned out. One person he explicitly passed over, the FBI''s Mark Felt, turned out to be the one. Still as Hougan has commented from his web site, having Felt, the former chief of the FBI''s Cointelpro operations as "Deep Throat" raises new questions.

Hougan''s writing style is professional, clear and entertaining. Since retiring from investigative journalism, Hougan now applies his talents to spy and detective fiction.
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P. Vuoso
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Wild Man
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2011
Hougan''s book is excellent. It demythologizes Watergate. Front and center is the CIA. For a great overview of what actually happened, and all of the behind the scenes machinations, this book can''t be beat. I''ve read almost everything there is on Watergate--as well as... See more
Hougan''s book is excellent. It demythologizes Watergate. Front and center is the CIA. For a great overview of what actually happened, and all of the behind the scenes machinations, this book can''t be beat. I''ve read almost everything there is on Watergate--as well as Hearings Transcripts and White House Transcripts. This is the single best book on Watergate.

Unfortunately, as the title suggests, Hougan''s thesis is that McCord, the master spy, "shut down" E. Howard Hunt''s operation as it got too close to an on-going prostitution ring likely being used by the CIA. This was the "Secret Agenda" at play during Watergate.

Personally, I think Hougan was too close to the Spooks he had contact with, and they spun his story.

To those who want to know what Watergate was really about, I would ask you to focus on one single question: Was Daniel Ellsberg a CIA asset? If this is true, then the entire Watergate saga must be re-written. Interestingly, if you read the book "Wild Man", a biography of Ellsberg, the opening chapter gives us an entirely different version of what the burglars did when breaking into Ellsberg''s psychiatrist''s office, one at odds with what Hunt tells us happened. And, what do we find in "Wild Man"? Well, it starts out with the funeral of a heralded CIA fighter, who Ellsberg just happened to know from Vietnam. (BTW, when in Vietnam, Ellsberg was ''dating'' the daughter (journalist--a quaint and common CIA cover) of the #2 guy in the CIA.) We also find out that when Ellsberg is at trial, his co-defendant (well, not exactly a co-defendant because Ellsberg asked that their trials be separated, much to the consternation of Anthony Russo) came to court one day with a "red book". The biographer, for reasons unknown, doesn''t tell us what the book was (I happened to research it in a library, on microfiche). It turns out to be Fletcher Prouty''s "Secret Team"!! Why didn''t the author identify the book? Why didn''t he look into any possible CIA connection Ellsberg may have had. For Russo, reading Prouty''s book---wherein Prouty, the Air Force liaison to the CIA during the 50''s and early 60''s, identifies Ellsberg as a CIA asset---helped him to make sense of Ellsberg''s behavior. It should do that for all of us as well.

Just look at the time line in all of this: April 1971, the putative "Pentagon Papers" arrive at the NYT; May 1971, Hunt visits south Florida for his Bay of Pigs buddy Bernard Barker; June of 1971, the Pentagon Papers are published. June 1971, Colson hires Hunt; September 1971, Ellsberg''s psychiatrist''s office is broken into.

And why was it broken into? So that the CIA could do a "psychological profile" on Ellsberg. But, you see, if Ellsberg was a CIA asset, then so, too, was his psychiatrist. And there would have been no need whatsoever for the CIA types to break in. The real reason for the break-in was that Ellsberg would later on be let off any charges against him on the grounds that the government never informed his lawyers of the break-in. Ellsberg wasn''t going to release the papers unless he was sure he wouldn''t spend years in jail. He got his insurance policy via E. Howard Hunt.

From what I can tell, Watergate was just part of a war of survival on the part of the CIA. Hoover knew just how treacherous they were. He didn''t trust them. During the Vietnam War Years, the CIA and military intelligence--as well as Wm. Sullivan''s CoIntelPro--were infiltrating protest groups. The FBI did this somewhat legally; but MI and CIA had no authorization to be doing domestic spying. Hoover didn''t trust these agencies one bit (cf. the Huston Plan). Hoover stopped the "black bag jobs" because he wanted police agencies to know that any black bag jobs were not FBI jobs. This pulled the cover out from underneath MI and CIA. To those who are sophisticate enough, you will see that a ''smear campaign'', much like the Post''s and Times'' job on Nixon, was unleashed by the CIA (cf the Church Committee''s findings---I had to go to a Law library). The CIA used Liddy (the apparent dupe in all of this) to go after Hoover. When Nixon wouldn''t force Hoover to resign, the smear campaign started. Hoover, tough as he was, knowing who he was dealing with, was not flustered by any of this. And then.........he dies. What do you know about that!

The Pentagon Papers were let out by the CIA (they were actually National Security Council papers---it seems to me "Pentagon Papers" is a great misnomer) to point the finger at JFK and to all the dirty stuff connecting him with Liem''s assassination and the Bay of Pigs fiasco. "The Company", by Erlichman, brings this side of things out nicely.

So this was the tainted milieu within which Watergate unfolded. Per Haldeman, Nixon''s fall in Watergate happened because Nixon, after the ''72 election, had asked that EVERY federal employee resign, so that he could hire back "his own people". But, of course, the CIA had, and has, people in all parts of the government, some needing years to get into places of power. They weren''t about to let that happen. And, so, when Nixon wins the election, and makes this decision to force resignations, guess what, next thing to happen is James McCord sending a note to the White House saying that if DCI Helms were forced out, "all the trees in the forest will fall." That''s a fairly apt description of Watergate, isn''t it?

McCord then changed lawyers, and, before you know it, he''s written a note to Sirica saying that perjury had taken place. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The only book that even gets close to what really happened are Haldeman''s, "The Ends of Power", and Hougan''s. This book will sweep away all of the media nonsense we, the unsuspecting public, are force-fed by the (CIA influenced) media.
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great book on Watergate
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2013
Picked up this book to delve into the Watergate affair because at the time it happened I was too young to know what it was all about. Finished it in a few days, couldn''t put it down. Jim Hougan is a superb writer. Highly recommended.
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Eric
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2016
Good expose, perhaps the most complete, on the Watergate Affair.
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