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J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets by…

J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

by Curt Gentry

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This book is not only a great biography of J. Edgar Hoover, it is also a comprehensive history of the FBI and the early 20th century in America. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 25, 2016 |
The Epic biography of the longest serving FBI chief. There are some files important than those about nuclear deals and some people eminent than US Presidents.
An Eye opener about the man and his secrets.
  Sumit_Nangia | Apr 20, 2013 |
A compelling and thorough account of America's Policeman.

It's very frightening to see how long one man can endure at such a high reach of power for so long, and be thought as indispensable and terrifying at once. His utterly calculating and harshly efficient personality led him through crises from disgruntled WWI veterans' riots through to the Watergate coverup - it was arguably his death that led to a collapse in Nixon's defenses, and his later resignation.

With all of these scary details, the biography makes for an interesting read. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
J.Edgar Hoover has come to symbolize in the minds of many, an evil right wing fanatic and political genius. This book, in very readable terms describes his life as FBI director and explains his longevity. It explains the role of Hooves famous "files" as well as their role in his remarkable success in Washington politics. It describes events from Hoover's entry into the department which was to become the FBI, his struggles with political adversaries, the rise to prominence in the era of Dillinger and Ma Barker, his emergence as a Cold War warrior and anti-communist as well as the excesses he committed in his pursuit of his goals. This is a great book if you want to understand the era of post WWII politics in American history. ( )
  maunder | Jan 25, 2010 |
I really looked forward to reading this book but I have been very disappointed. How can a book about J. Edgar Hoover be boring? I don't know, but this one was to me. I've read 3/4 of the way through, so I can honestly say that I gave it a good try.

J. Edgar Hoover was a sad person. His ambition, ego and political maneuvering was very sad. His whole life was about his job as Director of the FBI. He was very close to his mother while she was alive but after her death, he had no one that he was close to except Clyde Tolson as his Associate Director of the FBI. Clyde Tolson was a little too close of a friend if you know what I mean. They were inseparable. But Hoover's life comes off as so one dimensional and sad. And it is scary to know what the FBI (Hoover) did and, I'm sure, continues to do as the Big Brother of our nation. The spying, tailing, wire tapping, mail opening, bugging, blackmailing, etc. goes on even more now than then. And it wasn't (and isn't) always for the protection of America or it's citizens. It's mostly for the protection of the elite, the politicians, and for the best of their little empires. Politics are just so sleazy and corrupt. Yuck! I prefer the simple life. ( )
  Mom25dogs | Jan 11, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393321282, Paperback)

"The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover’s FBI was an American gestapo."—Newsweek

Shocking, grim, frightening, Curt Gentry’s masterful portrait of America’s top policeman is a unique political biography. From more than 300 interviews and over 100,000 pages of previously classified documents, Gentry reveals exactly how a paranoid director created the fraudulent myth of an invincible, incorruptible FBI. For almost fifty years, Hoover held virtually unchecked public power, manipulating every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. He kept extensive blackmail files and used illegal wiretaps and hidden microphones to destroy anyone who opposed him. The book reveals how Hoover helped create McCarthyism, blackmailed the Kennedy brothers, and influenced the Supreme Court; how he retarded the civil rights movement and forged connections with mobsters; and what part he played in the investigations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. A New York Times bestseller. "This massive new study promises to be the most extensive and controversial yet. . . . A chilling look at the darker side of American politics."—Library Journal 32 pages of photographs

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A study of J. Edgar Hoover and how he influenced American politics, presidents, civil rights movements, etc. during his fifty years as director of FBI.

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