J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets [NOOK Book]

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"The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover’s FBI was an American gestapo."—Newsweek


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 ...
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Overview

"The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover’s FBI was an American gestapo."—Newsweek


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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Detail, depth, and sheer vitrol mark this portrait of the former FBI director, which was a nine-week PW bestseller and a BOMC main selection in cloth. Sept.
Library Journal
Since his death in 1972, there has been an increasing fascination with Hoover and the immense power he wielded as director of the FBI. Although there have been two recent major biographies--Athan G. Theoharis's The Boss LJ 6/1/88 and Richard G. Powers's Secrecy and Power LJ 2/1/87--this massive new study promises to be the most extensive and controversial yet. Gentry, who coauthored Helter Skelter LJ 11/15/74, has based his account of Hoover on more than 300 interviews and on access to previously classified FBI documents. Beginning with a behind-the-scenes description of Hoover's death and the search for his ``secret files'' that is novelistic in technique, Gentry paints a portrait of Hoover as the ``indispensable man,'' with many provocative revelations about his political dealings. This is a chilling look at the darker side of American politics, especially concerning Hoover's enemies list and his relentless investigation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal life. The book's lively readability is balanced by lengthy footnotes and by an extensive list of source notes and interviews, and it will be in demand in both academic and public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/91; see also From the Secret Files of J. Edgar Hoover , reviewed in this issue, p. 125.--Ed.-- Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393343502
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 182,936
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Curt Gentry (1931-2014), an Edgar winner, was the author of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, and co-author of Helter Skelter with Vincent Bugliosi.
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Table of Contents

Book 1 Three Days in May
1 Tuesday, May 2, 1972 19
2 Wednesday, May 3, 1972 41
3 Thursday, May 4, 1972 48
Book 2 Something Big
4 Inauguration Day 61
5 The Missing Years 70
6 "Palmer--Do Not Let This Country See Red!" 75
7 The Soviet Ark 85
8 The Facts Are a Matter of Record 89
Book 3 The Director
9 The Department of Easy Virtue 109
10 The Director 124
11 "This Is the Last Straw, Edgar." 145
12 A Stay of Execution 154
Book 4 The Gangster Era
13 The Rise and Fall of Public Hero Number One 167
14 A Problem of Identity 178
15 The Man Who Came to Dinner 189
Book 5 A Curious Relationship
16 Coup d'Etat 201
17 Smear 212
18 Roosevelt Calls In His Due Bills 225
19 The View from the Balcony 239
Book 6 The Secret War
20 "Listen!" 277
21 The FBI Director, the First Lady, and Other Matters 298
Book 7 The Man from Independence
22 A Case of Somewhat Rancid Morals 321
23 Chief Justice Hoover 338
24 The Punch-and-Judy Show 360
25 Friends, Enemies, and the Investigation of Jesus Christ 383
Book 8 Virtually Untouchable
26 "We Didn't Want Them to Die." 401
27 An "Incident" 435
Book 9 The Director Versus the General
28 The Kennedys 467
29 "We Must Mark Him Now." 499
Book 10 On Borrowed Time
30 Seriously Flawed 541
31 The Fall of LBJ 577
Book 11 The Unforgotten Man
32 Hail, Caesar! 613
33 Moles 643
34 Under Siege 669
35 The Third Judas 687
36 The Last Days 710
Epilogue: Pandora's Box 725
Source Notes 761
Acknowledgments 803
Interviews and Other Sources 805
Bibliography 807
Index 827
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    Excellent,in depth look at Hoover

    Gentry is always a good read. His depth of research is outstanding. His style is most enjoyable as always.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    OK

    Much interesting material, but too much detail. Could have been cut down by abut one-third and made a better read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Meat and Potatos Curt. This book is VERY detailed, he spends alo

    Meat and Potatos Curt. This book is VERY detailed, he spends alot of time on what i feel are useless facts. Not only does he fill the chapters with uselss facts he went added 1+ pages of endnotes to each of the 36 chapters. I did not like the way he started off at the end of JE's life instead of just starting from the begining. If your looking for a day by day life story of JE its your lucky day!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Goo Grrat Great read!

    The book has a novel like feel to it making it a fairly entertaing read and a definite page turner. Its rather lengthy and it seemed the author was overly biased in some cases. However, overall the book was a good and interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Great book on a very interesting American public figure. Loved a

    Great book on a very interesting American public figure. Loved all the details in the book, gave you a clear picture of the events as they were happening.Highly recommended!  

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