PUPPETMASTER: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover

PUPPETMASTER: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover

by Richard Hack

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PUPPETMASTER: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover by Richard Hack

J. Edgar Hoover, the most powerful lawman in America for over fifty years, was also the country's most controversial and feared public servant. His career as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation spanned nine different presidential administrations and survived a dozen attempts to sweep him from office. During that time, Hoover completely reshaped domestic law enforcement as he expended the reach of the FBI and transformed his G-men into an elite national crime fighting division. Despite his contributions to the criminal justice system, Hoover fell from favor soon after his death, the victim of rampant rumors and innuendo.

In Puppetmaster, author Richard Hack separates truth from fiction to reveal the most hidden secrets of Hoover's private life and exposes previously undisclosed conduct that threatened to compromise the security of the entire nation. Based on newly uncovered files and personal documents as well as over 100,000 pages of FBI memos and State Department papers, Hack rips the lid off the director's facade of propriety to detail a life replete with sexual indiscretions, criminal behavior and a long-standing alliance with the Mafia.

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BN ID: 2940012928641
Publication date: 06/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 468
Sales rank: 281,584
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

An investigative writer for over 20 years, Richard Hack has written 14 books, including biographies of Ted Turner, Michael Jackson, and J. Edgar Hoover. In 2001, he wrote the critically acclaimed national bestseller Hughes: The Private Diaries, Letters and Memos. His most recent book is Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie.

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Puppetmaster 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hack once again hits pay dirt with this well thought out book. I knew little of Hoover going into this book. Hack is fair about his assessment of Hoover and in general, the F.B.I. Of interest here is a document detailing Martin King's verbal bashing of JFK and his wife.Even with the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT the federal government will not release,even today, the full text of that wire tapped event.
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