The Secrets of the FBI

  • by Ronald Kessler
  • Narrated by Michael Bybee
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Secrets of the FBI, by New York Times best-selling author Ronald Kessler, reveals the FBI's most closely guarded secrets and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations.
Based on inside access, the book presents revelations about the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the recent Russian spy swap, Marilyn Monroe's death, Vince Foster's suicide, and J. Edgar Hoover's sexual orientation. For the first time, it tells how the FBI caught spy Robert Hanssen in its midst and how the FBI breaks into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught.
From Watergate to Waco, from congressional scandals to the killing of bin Laden, The Secrets of the FBI presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time.


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Even-handed; an interesting history of the FBI

'This book seems even-handed; an interesting history of the FBI that covers its directors and significant cases (Waco, Abscam etc) to the present. It also covers FBI training and undercover operations. The narrator is particularly well suited for this title. This is my first book by the author and while it claims 'secrets' of the FBI -there are some- I think it mostly covers issues in depth and gives background not generally well known. I have not 'read' about the FBI before so much of the story is new or at least in depth compared to the news. I enjoyed it!
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- G-Man


The writing is okay, and taken by itself this is a fairly interesting book. However, as I was listening I began to get a strong sense of deja-vu...I checked my library and found another book by the same author, "The Bureau". Huge chunks of "The Bureau" are repeated here, in some cases verbatim. In one odd case a story is repeated (the roast beef thing) but the conclusion as to the truth of the story is completely different. No reason for this change of heart is given.
This self-plaigirism REALLY irks me. I feel cheated. The book should be half the length that it is.
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- Jaime

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio