FBI: A Comprehensive Reference Guide

Overview

From the Palmer Raids to the McCarthy era, to ABSCAM and Waco, the FBI has been enmeshed in controversy since its creation. It is also deeply woven into the fabric of our national identity and popular culture. The subject of countless movies, books, and television shows, we are fascinated by its mystique and drama. But how did the bureau that began with a modest 34 investigators in 1908 become the powerful force that it is today, employing over 12,000 agents across the country?

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Overview

From the Palmer Raids to the McCarthy era, to ABSCAM and Waco, the FBI has been enmeshed in controversy since its creation. It is also deeply woven into the fabric of our national identity and popular culture. The subject of countless movies, books, and television shows, we are fascinated by its mystique and drama. But how did the bureau that began with a modest 34 investigators in 1908 become the powerful force that it is today, employing over 12,000 agents across the country?

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Provides an integrated overview of FBI-related developments and personalities, looking at important cases, legislative and policy decisions, personalities, media portrayal, and FBI relationships with the president, members of Congress, and law enforcement agencies. Includes b&w photos, plus a chronology, statistics on personnel and appropriations, contact information for FBI field offices, and lists of FBI firsts. An annotated bibliography contains separate sections for books, articles, and accessible FBI files. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897749916
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/9/1998
  • Pages: 422
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

ATHAN G. THEOHARIS is nationally recognized as a leading authority on the FBI.

TONY G. POVEDA is a professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Plattsburg, where he served as chair of the sociology department and coordinator of the criminal justice program.

SUSAN ROSENFELD was appointed as the FBIs first official historian in 1984 and held this position for almost nine years.

RICHARD GID POWERS is a professor of history at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where he also directs the American Studies Program.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Contributors
Introduction
Ch. 1 A Brief History of the FBI's Role and Powers 1
Ch. 2 Notable Cases 45
Ch. 3 Controversies and Issues 101
Ch. 4 FBI Oversight and Liaison Relationships 143
Ch. 5 The Traditions and Culture of the FBI 167
Ch. 6 Organization and Day-to-Day Activities 205
Ch. 7 Buildings and Physical Plant 249
Ch. 8 The FBI in American Popular Culture 261
Ch. 9 Biographies 309
Ch. 10 Chronology of Key Events 361
Annotated Bibliography 385
Index 397
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