• My FBI

  • Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror
  • By: Louis J. Freeh
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-27-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Louis Freeh led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 2001, through some of the most tumultuous times in its long history. This is the story of a life in law enforcement and of one man's determined struggle to strengthen and reform the FBI while ensuring its freedom from political interference. Bill Clinton called Freeh a "law enforcement legend" when he nominated him as FBI Director. The good feelings would not last. Going toe-to-toe with his boss during the scandal-plagued '90s, Freeh fought hard to defend his agency from political interference and to protect America from the growing threat of international terrorism. When Clinton later called that appointment the worst one he had made as president, Freeh considered it "a badge of honor".
This is Freeh's entire story, from his Catholic upbringing in New Jersey to law school, the FBI training academy, his career as a U.S. District attorney and as a federal judge, and finally his eight years as the nation's top cop. This is the definitive account of American law enforcement in the run-up to September 11. Freeh is clear-eyed, frank, the ultimate realist, and he offers resolute vision for the struggles ahead.
©2005 Louis J. Freeh (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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"Freeh goes into fascinating detail when describing the FBI's work." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 11-06-05

Detailed, drags at times, but overall very good.

Just finished the book this weekend and liked it. His clarity of thought makes me think he's the kind of guy who keeps copious notes in whatever he does. Strikes me as an utterly no-nonsense, honest judge and prosecutor. Disparaged as a "Boy Scout," his high esteem for the rule of law oozes from his words. At times, the listen drags because of Freeh's detail. The Mafia, OK City bombing, Unabomber, Khobar Towers, USS Cole, Sept 11, Clinton investigations, FBI spies, etc. -- it's all here. I read that Joe Lockhart, former Clinton Press Secretary, characterizes the book as "following the right-wing playbook," but Freeh's remarks about Clinton are frank and fair and take an appropriate fraction of the book. Best I can tell, Louis Freeh's political leanings are liberal Republican or even moderate Democrat. He writes favorably of Nelson Rockefeller, Warren Rudman, and Rudy Guliani and has several liberal friends, including Bill Clinton's first White House counsel, Bernie Nussbaum (who recommended Freeh to Clinton), and Bob Bennett, Clinton's lawyer in the Paula Jones case.

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2 out of 5 stars
By E. Falk on 11-10-05

Disappointing . . .

There are a few interesting moments in this book. After all it's partly about the FBI. But mainly, I was very disappointed. Partly because he spends the majority of the book droning on about himself. But my main problem with the book is that it becomes clear early in the book that he is an axe-grinder of the first order. He goes on at length about his issues with Bill Clinton and Richard Clarke's books, to the point where he actually cites page numbers! He then follows this up with personal attacks on these men. Frankly, I was excited to listen to this book, but now I feel like I should have saved my money - rather than a story about the FBI, it's a tool for Louis Freeh to spew his venom. Ugly!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Styff on 04-20-18

Not bad, but not the best either

I've read a lot of US political / law enforcement / intelligence books from this time period and while this is not the worst one, it's definitely not the best either. Still worth a read through.

At 5 hours it's pretty short too.

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