Enemies: A History of the FBI

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Random House, 2012 - Political Science - 537 pages
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • New York Daily News • Slate

“Fast-paced, fair-minded, and fascinating, Tim Weiner's Enemies turns the long history of the FBI into a story that is as compelling, and important, as today's headlines.”—Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

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. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history.

Here is the hidden history of America's hundred-year war on terror. The FBI has fought against terrorists, spies, anyone it deemed subversive—and sometimes American presidents. The FBI's secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between protecting national security and infringing upon civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic.

Praise for Enemies

“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
 

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User Review  - Alex1952 - LibraryThing

This is a well written and researched book that everyone should read. Similar to the story that Weiner told about the CIA, this is also a story of incompetence, illegality and straggle for personal ... Read full review

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This is an exceptional history of the FBI for several reasons, the most important of which is that Tim Weiner completely ignores the FBI's own meticulously cultivated promotional image. Throughout its ... 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
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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.

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