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No institution is as critically important to America's security. No American institution is as controversial. And, after the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, no institution is as powerful. Yet until now, no book has presented the full story of the FBI from its beginnings in 1908 to the present...
The Secret History of the FBI
Based on exclusive interviews-including the first interview with Robert Mueller since his nomination as director-The Bureau reveals why the FBI was unprepared for the attacks of September 11 and how the FBI is combating terrorism today. The book answers such questions as: Why did the FBI know nothing useful about al-Qaeda before September 11? What is really behind the FBI's more aggressive investigative approaches that have raised civil liberties concerns? What does the FBI think of improvements in airline security? How safe does the FBI think America really is?
An Award-winning investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author of Inside the White House, Ronald Kessler answers these questions and presents the definitive history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau reveals startling new information-from J. Edgar Hoover's blackmailing of Congress to the investigation of the September 11th attacks.
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Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve works of non-fiction, including The Sins of the Father, Inside the CIA, Inside Congress, The Season, and Inside the White House. A former Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post investigative reporter, Kessler has won sixteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards and the Associated Press' Sevellon Brown Memorial Award. He lives with his wife, Pamela, in Potomac, Maryland.From AudioFile:
Raymond Todd's clear voice and upbeat reading wear well over this lengthy look at our nation's top law enforcement agency. A veteran investigative journalist, Kessler takes the FBI from its beginnings in 1908 to the aftermath of September 11. Not a scandalous detail is overlooked, from J. Edgar Hoover's alleged cross-dressing to the spy Robert Hanssen's dalliance with a stripper. The emergence of profiling, the recruitment and training of agents, the investigation (or not) of organized crime, and the effectiveness (or not) of various directors are all explained in a manner that keeps one's attention. The brief attempts at accents (JFK's Bostonian, for example) don't add much. A guide to what's covered on each CD printed somewhere in the graphics would help. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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