NEW YORK – Deep Throat's stunning emergence from the shadows this week has blown "All the President's Men" (search) — the book and movie that made him famous — back onto the U.S. sales charts.
Ex-FBI honcho W. Mark Felt's (search) admission to being the mole who guided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (search) and Carl Bernstein (search) through the Watergate (search) scandal has mesmerized the nation all over again.
The long-awaited answer to Washington's most pressing question — and the hours-long blitz of cable news coverage of Deep Throat's identity — sent sales of the 1970s best seller soaring again.
The 1974 book, which introduced America to Deep Throat (search), shot from nowhere to No. 24 on Amazon's best-seller list in just hours.
At Barnes & Noble — which also hawks books online — an updated 1987 version of "All the President's Men" rushed to 39th place, up from somewhere past 10,000.
"It's a huge news story of historic importance, something the world has been speculating about," said Victoria Meyer, spokeswoman for Simon & Schuster, publisher of "All the President's Men."
DVD and video sales of "All the President's Men" — the 1976 Oscar-winning movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein — are climbing even higher.
The DVD shot from nowhere to the No. 10 slot on the Top Sellers list, and the video made it to No. 22, one slot ahead of the "Star Wars" trilogy set.