J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 17, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 848 pages
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"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; as well as insight into the Watergate scandal and what part he played in the investigations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
 

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User Review  - Sumit_Nangia - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Tuesday May 2 1972
19
Wednesday May 3 1972
41
Thursday May 4 1972
48
SOMETHING BIG
59
Inauguration Day
61
The Missing Years
70
Palmer Do Not Let This Country See Red
75
The Soviet Ark
85
A Case of Somewhat Rancid Morals
321
Chief Justice Hoover
338
The PunchandJudy Show
360
Friends Enemies and the Investigation of Jesus Christ
383
VIRTUALLY UNTOUCHABLE
399
We Didnt Want Them to Die
401
An Incident
435
THE DIRECTOR VERSUS THE GENERAL
465

The Facts Are a Matter of Record
89
THE DIRECTOR
107
The Department of Easy Virtue
109
The Director
124
This Is the Last Straw Edgar
145
A Stay of Execution
154
THE GANGSTER ERA
165
The Rise and Fall of Public Hero Number One
167
A Problem of Identity
178
The Man Who Came to Dinner
189
A CURIOUS RELATIONSHIP
199
Coup dEtat
201
Smear
212
Roosevelt Calls In His Due Bills
225
The View from the Balcony
239
THE SECRET WAR
275
Listen
277
The FBI Director the First Lady and Other Matters
298
THE MAN FROM INDEPENDENCE
319
The Kennedys
467
We Must Mark Him Now
499
ON BORROWED TIME
539
Seriously Flawed
541
The Fall of LBJ
577
THE UNFORGOTTEN MAN
611
Hail Caesar
613
Moles
643
Under Siege
669
The Third Judas
687
The Last Days
710
Pandoras Box
725
SOURCE NOTES
761
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
803
INTERVIEWS AND OTHER SOURCES
805
BIBLIOGRAPHY
807
INDEX
827
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Curt Gentry (1931-2014), an Edgar winner, was the author of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, and co-author of Helter Skelter with Vincent Bugliosi.

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