J. Edgar Hoover by Curt Gentry
The Man and the Secrets

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"The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover’s FBI was an American gestapo."—Newsweek


Shocking, grim, frightening, Curt Gentry’s masterful portrait of America’s top policeman is a unique political biography. From more than 300 interviews and over 100,000 pages of previously classified documents, Gentry reveals exactly how a paranoid director created the fraudulent myth of an invincible, incorruptible FBI. For almost fifty years, Hoover held virtually unchecked public power, manipulating every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. He kept extensive blackmail files and used illegal wiretaps and hidden microphones to destroy anyone who opposed him. The book reveals how Hoover helped create McCarthyism, blackmailed the Kennedy brothers, and influenced the Supreme Court; how he retarded the civil rights movement and forged connections with mobsters; and what part he played in the investigations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
 

About Curt Gentry

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Curt Gentry, an Edgar winner, is the author of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets and Frame-Up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings.
 
Published February 17, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 848 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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 Based on more than 300 interviews and 100,000 pages of previously classified documents, this enormous, blistering exposÇ seems hellbent on proving that the legendary FBI director had not feet of clay, but cloven hoofs.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and ...

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Detail, depth, and sheer vitrol mark this portrait of the former FBI director, which was a nine-week PW bestseller and a BOMC main selection in cloth. (Sept.)

Aug 31 1992 | Read Full Review of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and ...

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In a richly textured biography of the former FBI director who died in 1972, Gentry, coauthor of Helter Skelter , takes a decidedly unfriendly look at the man and his career, revealing how Hoover found

Sep 02 1991 | Read Full Review of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and ...

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