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Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies (edition 2012)

by Marc Aronson

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Title:Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies
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Info:Candlewick (2012), Hardcover
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Gr 9-Up, This tell-all biopic of J. Edgar Hoover is sure to leave you shaking your head in amazement, and questioning our past, present, and future of the FBI. It starts with a brief discussion on Communism and Communism in American and around the world at the turn of the century. Aronson makes sure to set us up so that we can better understand the thoughts and actions of J. Edgar Hoover. He takes us throughout Hoover’s career from beginning to end, point out the myths, facts, and neuroses of Hoover. Aronson provides important facts while posing thought provoking questions about the role of government in preserving citizen safety. His use and selection of primary source artifacts, such as pictures, movie posters, and memos, adds to the narrative in understanding the man and the times he lived in. It is divided up chronologically into major parts of Hoover’s career. This book is great for a biography, as it reads well, but would also work for research on Hoover or the FBI during a certain point in the 20th century. ( )
  foresterk | Nov 19, 2014 |
Aronson did an excellent job researching and presenting both fact and fiction related to the life of J. Edgar Hoover, the political pulse of the times, and his manipulations of the F.B.I. As I read, it was clear to see how J. Edgar twisted the Bureau to act towards his own diabolical beliefs whether or not it was contrary to the laws of the land.

Read more at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/ ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Aronson presents an insightful view of J. Edgar Hoover in this biography, but even more than that, he looks at the conflict between communism and American ideologies as the complex backdrop for Hoover's decisions. Just when you think Aronson is siding with one group, he pulls out evidence in favor of the other viewpoint. This helps readers understand that neither side was 100% right or 100% wrong, no matter how Hoover tried to paint it.
  vsoler | Jun 7, 2014 |
I also read Marc Aronsen’s Master of Deceit, a teen biography of J. Edgar Hoover. Aronsen is a master of narrative fiction, and I thought the way he tried to show two sides to every story was great. For interested teens, this could be a really good discussion book. I did catch some bias on his part, which he addresses more explicitly in the afterword. I didn’t actually know much about J. Edgar Hoover before reading this, but I now I feel quite well informed.

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  maureene87 | Apr 4, 2013 |
A probing, insightful examination of the life and career of a notorious and complicated individual. Aronson does an excellent job of separating the facts from the myths about Hoover. He astutely draws parallels between past and present events, and raises many provocative and challenging questions for readers to consider. Hoover emerges from this book as a tragic character, one whose insatiable craving for power and control led to corrupt and lawless acts undermining his accomplishments in crime fighting and national security. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763650250, Hardcover)

A fascinating and timely biography of J. Edgar Hoover from a Sibert Medalist.

"King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. . . . You better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is bared to the nation."
Dr. Martin Luther King received this demand in an anonymous letter in 1964. He believed that the letter was telling him to commit suicide. Who wrote this anonymous letter? The FBI. And the man behind it all was J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's first director. In this unsparing exploration of one of the most powerful Americans of the twentieth century, accomplished historian Marc Aronson unmasks the man behind the Bureau- his tangled family history and personal relationships; his own need for secrecy, deceit, and control; and the broad trends in American society that shaped his world. Hoover may have given America the security it wanted, but the secrets he knew gave him
— and the Bureau — all the power he wanted. Using photographs, cartoons, movie posters, and FBI transcripts, Master of Deceit gives readers the necessary evidence to make their own conclusions. Here is a book about the twentieth century that blazes with questions and insights about our choices in the twenty-first.

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An exploration of one of the most powerful Americans of the twentieth century unmasks the man behind the FBI, his family history, and relationships, and explores his own need for secrecy, deceit, and control, and the broad trends in society that shaped his world.… (more)

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