J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

by Curt Gentry


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393321289
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 846
Sales rank: 342,442
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Book 1Three Days in May
1Tuesday, May 2, 197219
2Wednesday, May 3, 197241
3Thursday, May 4, 197248
Book 2Something Big
4Inauguration Day61
5The Missing Years70
6"Palmer--Do Not Let This Country See Red!"75
7The Soviet Ark85
8The Facts Are a Matter of Record89
Book 3The Director
9The Department of Easy Virtue109
10The Director124
11"This Is the Last Straw, Edgar."145
12A Stay of Execution154
Book 4The Gangster Era
13The Rise and Fall of Public Hero Number One167
14A Problem of Identity178
15The Man Who Came to Dinner189
Book 5A Curious Relationship
16Coup d'Etat201
18Roosevelt Calls In His Due Bills225
19The View from the Balcony239
Book 6The Secret War
21The FBI Director, the First Lady, and Other Matters298
Book 7The Man from Independence
22A Case of Somewhat Rancid Morals321
23Chief Justice Hoover338
24The Punch-and-Judy Show360
25Friends, Enemies, and the Investigation of Jesus Christ383
Book 8Virtually Untouchable
26"We Didn't Want Them to Die."401
27An "Incident"435
Book 9The Director Versus the General
28The Kennedys467
29"We Must Mark Him Now."499
Book 10On Borrowed Time
30Seriously Flawed541
31The Fall of LBJ577
Book 11The Unforgotten Man
32Hail, Caesar!613
34Under Siege669
35The Third Judas687
36The Last Days710
Epilogue: Pandora's Box725
Source Notes761
Interviews and Other Sources805

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J. Edgar Hoover 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gentry is always a good read. His depth of research is outstanding. His style is most enjoyable as always.
MerlinDB More than 1 year ago
Much interesting material, but too much detail. Could have been cut down by abut one-third and made a better read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
maunder on LibraryThing 5 months ago
J.Edgar Hoover has come to symbolize in the minds of many, an evil right wing fanatic and political genius. This book, in very readable terms describes his life as FBI director and explains his longevity. It explains the role of Hooves famous "files" as well as their role in his remarkable success in Washington politics. It describes events from Hoover's entry into the department which was to become the FBI, his struggles with political adversaries, the rise to prominence in the era of Dillinger and Ma Barker, his emergence as a Cold War warrior and anti-communist as well as the excesses he committed in his pursuit of his goals. This is a great book if you want to understand the era of post WWII politics in American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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