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; and what part he played in the investigations of President John F.
Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 848 pages, 32 pages of photographs
- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Publication Date: 28/03/2001
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780393321289
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Review by HadriantheBlind
A compelling and thorough account of America's Policeman. <br/><br/>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 terrifying at once. His utterly calculating and harshly efficient personality led him through crises from disgruntled WWI veterans' riots through to the Watergate coverup - it was arguably his death that led to a collapse in Nixon's defenses, and his later resignation.<br/><br/>With all of these scary details, the biography makes for an interesting read.