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The Secret Man The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat By Bob Woodward Simon & Schuster/$23 Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s latest book chronicles the recent disclosure of the famous and last remaining secret of the Watergate scandal: the identity of “Deep Throat.” That was the nickname Woodward used for the No. 2 official at the FBI, Mark Felt, who served as his main source for articles about the Watergate burglary at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters. Because of Felt, Woodward and fellow Post co-reporter, Carl Bernstein, knew from early on that the story was not simply about a “third rate” minor criminal event (as described by the White House press secretary) but part of a larger scheme directed by President Nixon and his top aides to undermine their “enemies” that led them to attempt to manipulate and co-opt the CIA and FBI. The book is not another re-telling of the Watergate scandal nor of the two reporters’ role in unraveling the larger story which was the subject of their book “All the Presidents’ Men.” Rather, it is about the relationship between reporters and their confidential sources and the importance of even one good source to penetrate governmental bureaucracy and obfuscation. This book adds to the literature of both Watergate and journalism by recounting how a reporter works with a confidential source to get at secrets that politicians and officials have and want to keep, but which should be disclosed to better serve the public’s interest and right to know. � New York Law Journal In the Shadow of the Law By Kermit Roosevelt Farrar, Straus and Giroux/$24 “Mark Clayton was at the customary point in his day when panic gave way to resignation.” That’s our introduction to the central character of “In the Shadow of the Law,” Kermit Roosevelt’s comic yet scathing first novel: a first-year associate bowing his head over his desk in his cramped office at a fabled Washington law firm, realizing “how little he’d accomplished, how much there was to do, how outrageous it was that some poor slob was paying out $150 an hour for his fecklessness.” It sets the tone for what’s to come: a brilliantly funny, acidly accurate (except for billing rates) riff on the potentially soul-deadening routine of life in the legal big leagues, in this case the made-up Morgan Siler, coupled with a penetrating moral critique of the way we practice now. The characters and their setting reflect Roosevelt’s own impressive resume. Now a law professor at Penn, he’s lived the life he chronicles � as a clerk for D.C. Circuit Judge Stephen Williams and for Supreme Court Justice David Souter, as an associate at Mayer Brown & Platt and as a member of a political dynasty (he’s the great-great-grandson of Teddy Roosevelt and the grandson of Kermit Roosevelt of CIA fame). Roosevelt’s sardonic narrative voice and its mordant images put that experience to brilliant use in evoking the glittering surface and sinister depths of Morgan Siler. � The American Lawyer Complicity How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery By Anne Farrow, Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank Ballantine Books/$25.95 Slavery may have been abolished in the U.S.140 years ago, but a full accounting of its effects is still being rendered. Wachovia Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. recently released reports that detailed how some of their predecessor institutions in the 1800s accepted hundreds or thousands of slaves as collateral for loans and became slave owners themselves when borrowers defaulted. Both banks issued public apologies and pledged millions for African-American educational and historical programs. Wachovia and JPMorgan aren’t the first modern American companies to admit historical links to slavery, and they certainly won’t be the last. They were complying with a Chicago ordinance that requires businesses with city contracts to disclose whether they profited from slavery. So the time is perfect for “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery.” Authors Anne Farrow, Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank show how northern businesses � many of them the forebears of contemporary corporations � were enriched by slavery. The authors write in a lively, energetic prose that stands in sharp relief to staid, scholarly histories. But their book suffers from amateurish execution, haphazard structure, simplistic analysis and occasional overreaching that make it inadequate as an authoritative study. � Corporate Counsel

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