The Boss: J. Edgar Hoover and the Great American Inquisition

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Another, and powerful, revelation of the depravity of the long-enduring tyrant. Theoharis (history, Marquette U.) and Cox (a freelancer) trace Hoover's career and the administrations that nurtured it and those that were obliged by political expediency to endure it. A careful, readable study. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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"This strong book proves that, at the top, the bureau was turned into what could be called the H.B.I. (Hoover Bureau of Investigation)... Unlike some recent Hoover biographers, the authors do not make apologies for the excesses of 'The Boss.' They have the goods on him. A compelling study." --Herbert Mitgang, New York Times Book Review "I thought I had a fair idea of the damage done to American freedom by J. Edgar Hoover, but I knew nothing until I read The Boss. It is a gripping, nauseating account of a twisted character--and of the underside of the American psyche, which he manipulated so effectively." --Anthony Lewis "Theoharis and Cox, from a study of previously inaccessible FBI files plus extensive interviews, shed further light on the methods by which Hoover attained, employed and abused power, demonstrating that 'The Boss' more proficiently undermined our constitutional guarantees than any political leader before or since. ...This important biography adds significantly to the growing dossier demythologizing a legend." --Publishers Weekly

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In Secrecy and Power (1987), Richard Gid Powers argued that the late FBI director achieved greater power than any figure in U.S. history. Theoharis and Cox, from a study of previously inaccessible FBI files plus extensive interviews, shed further light on the methods by which Hoover attained, employed and abused power, demonstrating that "The Boss" more proficiently undermined our constitutional guarantees than any political leader before or since. The authors also speculate about what made "this sad, impoverished man" tick as they probe the darker aspects of Hoover's psyche, elaborating for instance on his identification of political radicalism with filth and licentiousness, "neither of which ever failed to arouse in him an almost hysterical loathing." This important biography adds significantly to the growing dossier demythologizing a legend. Theoharis is a history professor at Marquette University, Cox a freelance writer. Illustrations.
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