Young J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties
In 1919, when J. Edgar Hoover was 24 years old, a New York City postal clerk discovered sixteen bombs wrapped in individual packages ? America's first instance of homegrown terrorism. Then-Attorney General Palmer vowed a crackdown and enlisted Hoover as his deputy. Amid the hysteria, details of abuses emerged, Palmer fell, and the rise of J. Edgar Hoover began.
Hoover's drive to gain immense power, as well as his coolness and calculation, is explored in Young J. Edgar.
With the Palmer raid a as a lens through which to view the terror?hysteria of post-9/11 America, Young J. Edgar reaches the heart of our modern debate over personal freedom in a time of war and fear.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Shrike58 - LibraryThing
A popular account of the "Palmer Raids" of 1919 that, while launched to confront supposed revolutionary danger in the United States in the wake of a series of anarchist bombing, were allowed to snow ... Read full review
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In "Young J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties," Kenneth Ackerman plays to his strengths. He has served more than 25 years in senior posts on Capitol Hill and in the ... Read full review