Hoover's FBI

  • by Cartha D. DeLoach
  • Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach
  • 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the film J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood.
As director of the FBI for over five decades, J. Edgar Hoover left a profound and lasting legacy on this most celebrated institution. Only the few who were part of Hoover's inner circle know the truth about his controversial years of authoritarian rule and the organization's inmost secrets.
One of Hoover's trusted deputies, DeLoach gives us the most authentic account ever written of the FBI, setting the record straight about questions that have plagued modern history. From the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the FBI crusades against organized crime and the Communist Party, to Hoover's disputed sexual orientation and the secret files he allegedly kept to blackmail hostile members of Congress, here is the gripping narrative of a government agency caught on a tightrope between presidential administrations and the limits of the law.

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Hoover's FBI

Great book, well written and very informative. I enjoyed the first hand information from someone who was actually there. I lived in the DC area during Hoover's time and remember it all. Cartha DeLoach tells the story like he lived it and loved it.
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- Carol

Fairly obvious

The story being told by the author is fairly obvious (especially to those of us who were adults during much of that time and realized the truth), but it's one that must be told.

It's hard to believe that this book was published over 10 years ago, and still the media and the entertainment industry insist on portraying Hoover as a cross-dresser and one who spied capriciously on "law-abiding US citizens."

The violence inherent in the policies of the protestors of the 60s and 70s warranted keeping an eye on them ("burn down the cities; kill members of the establishment, etc." As I said, we who remember those things which were being advocated by these groups, saw no reason why such violence-prone organizations should have went unwatched.)

And the fact that the Attorney General has to approve of wiretaps is something that Hoover's detractors always overlook. Especially since the Attorney General that approved many of the wire taps--even on Martin Luther King's phone--was none other than Bobby Kennedy.

Nor is DeLoach afraid to show Hoover's warts and faults along with his dedication. He points out Hoover's egocentric nature, his petty grudges and his biases.

Sometimes the truth hurts, and the many truths contained in this book, though painful to some cultural icons, needed to see the light of day.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.