FBI 100 Years: An Unofficial History

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On the eve of the FBI's centenary, this book offers the first comprehensive illustrated account of the Bureaus 100-year history. Granted unprecedented access to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and academy at Quantico, Virginia, author Henry M. Holden presents a rare inside view of the agencys workings, as well as a compelling, closely observed picture of its ever-changing role, powers, notable cases, and controversies through the ...

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Overview

On the eve of the FBI's centenary, this book offers the first comprehensive illustrated account of the Bureaus 100-year history. Granted unprecedented access to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and academy at Quantico, Virginia, author Henry M. Holden presents a rare inside view of the agencys workings, as well as a compelling, closely observed picture of its ever-changing role, powers, notable cases, and controversies through the years.

FBI 100 Years
chronicles the Bureaus successes and failures from its early days as Teddy Roosevelts trust-busting detective force to the increased emphasis on counterterrorism the post 9/11 world. Along the way, Holden revisits the gangster era and the days of McCarthyism, the unmaking of the Mob, and the disastrous standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

The famous and the infamous make their appearances in the story, colorful characters such as John Dillinger and "Machine Gun" Kelly, J. Edgar Hoover and turncoat spy Robert Hansen. With added features including an exploration of the 200 categories of federal crimes that fall within the Bureaus purview, all the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives lists since the first in 1949, and an entertaining look at the FBI in popular culture, this is the most thorough and authoritative book ever written about the principal law enforcement arm of the United States Department of Justice.

It is truly the first book to do justice to the worlds most famous, but actually little-known law enforcement agencies in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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Midwest Book Review, April 2008
"FBI 100 Years offers an up-close look at the best and worst moments in the history of one of the world's most famous law enforcement agencies. Although it is largely a positive picture Holden presents of the agency, he doesn't duck controversial issues such as surveillance methods. Not only are Hoover's notorious filed addressed but also the rumors about the director's supposedly X-rated private life. Featuring 300 color and black and white photos, FBI 100 Years is a pictorial treasure-trove of images that will delight anyone interested in American law enforcement. Undoubtedly books more critical of the agency will be released this year, since this is an important FBI anniversary. But for a well illustrated and comprehensive overview of the organization, you won't find a better value than FBI 100 Years."

Library Journal, June 1, 2008
"In anticipation of the FBI's centennial this summer, prolific author and law enforcement veteran Holden (To Be an FBI Special Agent) has produced a work for general readers on the ever interesting and controversial history of this primary investigative agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The book may be defined as an unofficial history, but Holden was granted access to current agents and to the FBI's photo archive to produce a work profusely illustrated with about 300 photographs of equipment, FBI activities, and agents and criminals in action, all of which will fascinate. Chapters cover the early years when Teddy Roosevelt was President, J. Edgar Hoover's long tenure as director, his role in blacklistings and McCarthyism, the pursuit of organized crime, spies, the use of domestic surveillance, and standoffs gone bad. Some of the popular touches include movie posters and comic strips. The book includes all of the FBI's '10 Most Wanted Fugitives' lists and ends with a list of the 51 special agents who died in service, a brief chronology, and definitions of acronyms and abbreviations. Those looking for more critical discussion of the bureau may want to examine Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones' The FBI: A History, but this book will have appeal in both public libraries and specialized collections."


Officer.com, June 2008
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considered by many to be the premier law enforcement agency in our country today. Where did it come from? Why was it established? What does it do? Who provides it authority to do so? When I was first approached to review what I saw as essentially a history book, I wasn't too enthused. I mean, that's not my idea of recreational reading. But I kept an open mind and I'm glad I did. This book proved interesting in many ways for anyone who serves (or has served) in law enforcement...if you are interested in law enforcement either through your employment or for another purpose, this book may well provide you some insights you'd not otherwise find."

Library Journal

In anticipation of the FBI's centennial this summer, prolific author and law enforcement veteran Holden (To Be an FBI Special Agent) has produced a work for general readers on the ever interesting and controversial history of this primary investigative agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The book may be defined as an unofficial history, but Holden was granted access to current agents and to the FBI's photo archive to produce a work profusely illustrated with about 300 photographs of equipment, FBI activities, and agents and criminals in action, all of which will fascinate. Chapters cover the early years when Teddy Roosevelt was President, J. Edgar Hoover's long tenure as director, his role in blacklistings and McCarthyism, the pursuit of organized crime, spies, the use of domestic surveillance, and standoffs gone bad. Some of the popular touches include movie posters and comic strips. The book includes all of the FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" lists and ends with a list of the 51 special agents who died in service, a brief chronology, and definitions of acronyms and abbreviations. Those looking for more critical discussion of the bureau may want to examine Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones's The FBI: A History, but this book will have appeal in both public libraries and specialized collections.
—Daniel K. Blewett

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760332443
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 723,811
  • Product dimensions: 12.04 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry M. Holden, the author of other MBI titles, To Be an FBI Special Agent and To Be a Crime Scene Investigator, won a 1996 Florida Freelance Writer’s Competition “Honorable Mention,” and received the 1994 “Author’s Award” from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was also a sworn deputy from 1979 to 1981 in the Orange County, Florida sheriff's department. He resides in Randolph, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Contents

1.         The “Wild West” Years: Teddy’s Trust-busting Detective Force

2.         J. Edgar Hoover: The Man with the Secrets

3.         Gangbusters

4.         Blacklists, Blackmail, and McCarthyism

5.         Civil Rights, the KKK, and Political Unrest

6.         Bringing Down the Syndicate: Investigating Organized Crime and Political Miscreants

7.         Spybusters

8.         Standoffs Gone Bad: Confronting Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Other Disasters

9.         Sneak and Peak: Domestic Surveillance and Wiretapping

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    Larger-than-life FBI facts and images

    This book by Henry Holden is his finest yet. The format befits the content ¿ a large, lavish hard cover book with a beautiful jacket and over 200 glossy pages of larger-than-life FBI facts and images behind the stories we have heard in movies, television and newspapers. I greatly admire the way Holden has organized the text so that a reader can go to through the FBI¿s history from Teddy Roosevelt '1908' to the present, as well as select a favorite topic, such as spies or civil rights and the KKK. As an aviation historian I appreciated the summary of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping in the chapter entitled ¿Gangbusting,¿ which included details of the mafia and another lengthy section on the blacklisting of Hollywood¿s stars during the ¿McCarthy era.¿ A chapter is devoted to the techniques and equipment used throughout FBI crime-solving methodology, which are fascinating and fun to compare with what we now use to analyze ¿evidence.¿ I am particularly appreciative of the artistic layout which makes this a visual treat. Well-chosen inserted text is superimposed on what appear to be an agent¿s notebook. Photocopies of FBI documents and images are displayed as if just pulled from the file drawer. This book is easy to read and I was loath to put it down due only to its bulk. I recommend you settle into a large chair, place this book on your lap and enjoy it ¿ over and over again. GBK

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