Inside the Modern FBI: The Bureau

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A behind-the-scenes look, based on a PBS television series, at the FBI in its post-J. Edgar Hoover years, shows how the most sophisticated law enforcement agency meets the ever more difficult demands of keeping up with crime in modern society. TV tie-in.

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Jeffreys, formerly an investigative journalist for several British newspapers, is currently a television producer. Paralleling earlier research in Ronald Kessler's The FBI (LJ 10/15/93), he spent two years inside the bureau working with top-level management, conducting interviews in branch offices, and riding with special agents on assignment. Jeffreys discusses in detail the FBI's war on international terrorism, the ongoing battle against organized crime, and its mishandling of the Branch Davidians at Waco. Noting a sharp split in duty perspective between headquarters and street agents, Jeffreys shows how Hoover's indelible legacy of bureaucratic and procedural obsession has created heightened internal strife. For academic and popular criminal justice collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/94; there is now a dispute between Jeffreys and PBS; Jeffreys claims that PBS, in its decision to disallow on-air promotion of his book as the companion volume to his series, "Inside the FBI," submitted to FBI complaints, while PBS notes that the book departs dramatically from the program, making it ineligible for a promotional tie-in.?Ed.] Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind.
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In conjunction with a companion four-part TV documentary scheduled for February broadcast, this book examines recent events at the FBI. Though authors often purport to expose the inside story (e.g., Kessler in Inside the FBI, 1993), few do so well as Jeffreys here. Being wary of the FBI's publicity apparatus, he shines an objective light on the feats that legitimately burnish the bureau's high repute, even as he focuses critically on its ability to use--whether availed of or not--its wide investigatory prerogatives to infringe on citizens' civic rights. Naturally, no one's whining when agents infiltrate the Mafia and plant bugs in their meeting places, as one riveting chapter reports; nor when the flatfoots surveil bank robbers, foreign terrorists, or violent cults in Waco. Jeffreys' concerns include the bureau's gigantic files, the case of an overzealous undercover agent who unethically snared a man into a murder-for-hire scheme, and the 1980s investigations of protesters against U.S. Central American policies. This account does not undilutedly support FBI actions; it is eminently fair, full of self-propelling interest, and combines insights on the bureau's culture with the careers of its agents into a smooth-flowing text. Apt for libraries, central or branch. Gilbert Taylor

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