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Bryan Burrough…outstanding…even-handed, exhaustively researched, smoothly written and thematically timely…certainly the most complete book we are likely to see about the F.B.I.'s intelligence-gathering operations, from Emma Goldman to Osama bin Laden. The problem with some F.B.I. histories is that they come off as a list of unrelated cases—case after case after very old case. Where Mr. Weiner excels is in connecting the dots…Another weakness of some F.B.I. books is their portrayal of Hoover as either a Machiavellian villain or, worse, a figure of unassailable power. He was neither. Mr. Weiner does a superb job, maybe the best I've seen, at charting the ebbs and flows of Hoover's power, chronicling in detail his relationship with presidents over 40 years.
—The New York Times