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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.
©2011 Ronald Kessler (P)2011 Random House
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By Lynn on 11-15-11


Ronald Kessler in The Secrets of the FBI provides a series of investigative chapters concerning the work of the FBI. The raid on Osama bin Laden, Marilyn Monroe’s death, the Vince Foster suicide, and other stories are here. While a very interesting read, this book contained no “secrets” that I didn’t already know or that had not been reported in the press earlier. However, each chapter contained insights into how the FBI works and interesting related details. The book takes a rather eclectic approach loosely connecting the various tales in the several chapters. If you are not familiar with the work of the FBI or have never read in this genre, this book might be one you would like to pick up. The reading of Michael Bybee is very good.

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By G-Man on 08-08-11

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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By Lianne on 03-15-12

Needs better structuring but very interesting.

Being new to Kessler, I didn't know what to expect. It is interesting to say the least; he sheds light on the practises of the FBI that I previously had not heard of. It is funny in parts, scary in others, tense and sometimes even weird as Kessler details accounts of FBI experiences. There is something in here for everyone; if your interest lies in celebrity, politics, scandal, foreign threats etc. However, the narrative was hard to follow, it jumped back and forth, there seemed no logical progression- from nowhere suddenly you will hear how the BAU operate in tracking rapists and serial killers.

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By Martyn on 01-25-17

mostly good with a slight sprinkling of boring

some really cool real life stories in this book and it's both worrying and comforting to learn how far and what powers the FBI have to survey on people.

I enjoyed the book

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