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THE TRUTH ABOUT DEEP THROAT

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After Bob and Carl won a Pulitzer Prize for the Post and when Watergate started to unravel in the spring of 1973, Dick Snyder (who, as head of Simon & Schuster, had bought All the President’s Men) began to suspect that his $55,000 investment might pay off….A powerful editor, Alice Mayhew, was freed up to work with the two reporters ”day and night.” Mayhew, who helped Bob and Carl write the book, kept urging them to ”build up the Deep Throat character and make him interesting.” Thus, with Mayhew goading the two on one side and Robert Redford standing in the wings on the other, with nearly half a million dollars and a piece of the profits waiting for the two reporters whose combined income was less than $30,000 per year, what Bob and Carl produced was a sort of Hardy Boys in the White House. Part of it-the impossible and lunatic Deep Throat cloak-and- dagger derring-do-was dreamed up. Those parts were a hoax, a relatively harmless hoax designed to sell books and make a movie. Illustration by Sue Coe