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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good FBI stories mixed with apology for hoover

There are certainly some very interesting FBI stories in here and they make the book worth listening to. I found the description of the Mississippi Burning investigation especially interesting.

However, the author is an uncritical Hoover-apologist. So, the long-defenses of Hoover's actions, racial attitudes, etc. are tedious. While I have no doubt that some criticisms of Hoover over the years are exaggerated, the author destroys the credibility he might have had in assessing Hoover by consistently rejecting any criticism of Hoover at all as the result of various ill-defined left-wing conspiracies. If you are hoping for some sort of objective analysis of Hoover as FBI Director, this will not provide it. But, if you like good stories about detective-work, this has a fair amount--especially in the last 2/3rds of the book.

I recommend skipping the entire chapter on Hoover's sexual orientation. Other than the basic cross-dressings rumors that everyone knows, I had never given all that much thought to Hoover's sexual orientation before. But, DeLoach's full-court press to convince the reader that Hoover wasn't gay is loaded with homophobia from another era. I really cringed at times realizing that, not so long ago, a lot of people out there probably thought of homosexuality the same way DeLoach does. Anywho, his effort to convince the reader that Hoover was straight has the opposite effect of convincing the reader that he was in fact gay. Sure the cross-dressing rumors seem to be unfounded but the gay thing is pretty obvious from DeLoach's effort to argue otherwise.

Sadly, the recording sounds like it was done over speakerphone--well-below the quality of the other Audible books I have purchased. Also, the reader has at least a dozen or so glaring mispronunciations. I'm not a stickler for these things usually, but some are over words you've probably been using regularly since high-school--not things that should have slipped through.
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- Mark

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

Book Details

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