Enemies: A History of the FBI

  • by Tim Weiner
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history.
Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. The FBI has fought against terrorists, spies, anyone it deemed subversive—and sometimes American presidents. The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between protecting national security and infringing upon civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic.

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What the Critics Say

"Enemies is a research masterpiece. Picking through seventy thousand newly declassified documents and using on-the-record interviews, Weiner reveals startling new truths and debunks nagging old myths about the FBI. Enemies reads like a thriller, but don’t let the heart-pumping prose fool you. Weiner has written a scholarly tour de force that will be an instant classic for any serious student of American national security." (Amy B. Zegart, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCLA School of Public Affairs, author of Spying Blind)

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Customer Reviews

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Very Entertaining!

Enjoyed the book very much. The narrator does a great job. And the story flows pretty well. Definitely would recommend.
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- Michael

Good book, just not for me

If you could sum up Enemies: A History of the FBI in three words, what would they be?

All about Hoover


What was one of the most memorable moments of Enemies: A History of the FBI?

At the order of the President, the FBI infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan to stop and disrupt their violent activities. One of the murders that was investigated by the FBI was carried out by a local sheriff, his deputies, and the justice of the peace.


What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

Has a great voice, enjoyed the narration.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

More details about Hoover than you could ever want to know.


Any additional comments?

I enjoyed parts of the book but there were so many inane details about Hoover I lost interest. As a matter of fact, the majority of the book is exclusively about Hoover. I purchased the book with the understanding that it was going to be about various different FBI operations and while the book DID talk about different operations, everything was from Hoover's perspective. If you like Hoover or care about Hoover, or want to know about Hoover - this book is for you. If not, it's going to be a little long to get through.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio