Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies

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Candlewick Press, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 230 pages
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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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Very compellingly written, incredibly well researched. - Goodreads
Another amazing book from an amazing writer. - Goodreads
A well-researched treatment of recent history. - Goodreads

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I didn't think a book about J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI and the Cold War would interest me so much, but I found this book fascinating and hard to put down. Written for the high school level and up, it ... Read full review

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Very compellingly written, incredibly well researched. Only not five stars cause I, personally, don't find the subject matter "amazing" (goodreads' own definition of the five star category). Read full review

Contents

John Reed and Revolution
7
CHAPTER 3 There Will Have to Be Bloodshed
25
THE WAR OF IMAGES
35
Public Enemy Number One John Dillinger
48
The Crisis of Capitalism The Third Secret
67
THE TURNING POINT
81
THE WAR OF SHADOWS
109
The Hope of the World
111
THE LAND OF LIES I55 CHAPTER 16 The Specter I57
156
The Descent
166
COINTELPRO
177
Master of Deceit Then and Now
190
Researched and Wrote This Book
199
Notes
202
THE FIGHTING WAR 95
209
Bibliography
217

Tailgunner Joe
118
THE AGE OF FEAR
131
CHAPTER 14 Loyalty
133
No Decency
149
Image Credits
220
Acknowledgments
225
Index
227
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About the author (2012)

Marc Aronson has a doctorate in American history and is a member of the graduate faculty in the library school at Rutgers. He is an editor and author of many award-winning books for young people, including War Is . . . Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War, which he co-edited with Patty Campbell; Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert; and Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, the first Sibert Medal winner. Marc Aronson lives in New Jersey.

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