Enemies: A History of the FBI

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Feb 14, 2012 - History - 560 pages
The hidden history of the FBI and its hundred-year war against terrorists, spies, and anyone it deemed subversive—including even American presidents.
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A SHOWTIME ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES
 
“Turns the long history of the FBI into a story that is as compelling, and important, as today’s headlines.”—Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress
 
Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
 
We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between national security and civil liberties, a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI to conduct political warfare—and how it has sometimes been turned against them. And it is the story of how the Bureau became the most powerful intelligence service the United States possesses.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, New York Daily News, and Slate

“Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes so deep into the Bureau’s skulduggery, readers will feel they are tapping the phones along with J. Edgar Hoover. This is a book that every American who cares about civil liberties should read.”—Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money

“Outstanding.”The New York Times

“Absorbing . . . a sweeping narrative that is all the more entertaining because it is so redolent with screw-ups and scandals.”Los Angeles Times

“Fascinating.”The Wall Street Journal

“Important and disturbing . . . with all the verve and coherence of a good spy thriller.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Exciting and fast-paced.”The Daily Beast
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
19
3 stars
7
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - WilliamMelden - LibraryThing

An excellent history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, this book gives a balanced and fair — if discouraging — account of the Bureau's genesis, its development, and, most importantly, its ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

There's not much to see here: a one-damn-thing-after-another journalistic history, which makes no effort whatsoever to explain the events that it's relating. No doubt if you can simply accept and ... Read full review

Contents

COLD
129
No Gestapo 131
130
Showdown
140
Red fascism
147
Surprise Attack
151
Paranoia
163
It looks like World War III is here
171
No Sense of Decency
179
The Ultimate Weapon 177
277
Pull down the temple
288
WAR ON TERROR
304
Conspirators 307
305
The Bureau cannot survive
320
House of Cards
329
A state of continual danger
337
The Price of Silence
351

Game Without Rules
188
The Long Shadow
191
Dont trust anybody
202
Immoral Conduct
211
Murder was in style
216
Dangerous Man
223
Rule by Fear
230
You got this phone tapped?
239
The man Im depending on 153
253
Clearly Illegal
264
Mosaic
367
The Blind Sheikh
374
Flaws in the Armor
382
An Easy Target
396
All Our Weapons
413
If we d0nt do this people will die
432
A fterwo rd
449
Notes
451
Index
513
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Tim Weiner has won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting and writing on secret intelligence and national security. As a correspondent for The New York Times, he covered the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and other nations. Enemies is his fourth book. His Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA won the National Book Award and was acclaimed as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, Time, and many other publications. The Wall Street Journal called Betrayal “the best book ever written on a case of espionage.” He is now working on a history of the American military.

Bibliographic information