Official and Confidential by Anthony Summers
The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover

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Anthony Summers peels back layers of fact and hearsay to reveal the truth about one of the most powerful Americans of the twentieth century No one exemplified paranoia and secrecy at the heart of American power better than J. Edgar Hoover, the original director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For this consummate biography, renowned investigative journalist Anthony Summers interviewed more than eight hundred witnesses and pored through thousands of documents to get at the truth about the man who headed the FBI for fifty years, persecuted political enemies, blackmailed politicians, and lived his own surprising secret life. Ultimately, Summers paints a portrait of a fatally flawed individual who should never have held such power, and for so long.
 

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Investigative journalist and author Anthony Summers has written Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Goddess: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe and Not in Your Lifetime, a book about the Kennedy assassination. Summers received the British Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for Non-Fiction in 1980 for Conspiracy.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by Open Road Media. 626 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, War. Non-fiction

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Summers's expose throws light on Hoover's relentless corruption and other skeletons in his closet. Photos. (May)

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Summers's expose throws light on Hoover's relentless corruption and other skeletons in his closet.

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The Independent

Otherwise, Summers has to resort to the unreliable comments of such people as Hoover's psychiatrist's widow and an obviously parti pris West Coast mafioso, Frank 'Bomp' Bompensiero, who once remarked at the races in Hoover's hearing that the Director was 'a punk, a fuckin' degenerate queen'.

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London Review of Books

(Didn’t he have one kind friend who could have whispered something tactful?) As John Updike has put it in a very thoughtful fashion commentary on the whole unfortunate business: Ike, for instance, dear Ike with his infallible instincts, would never have let himself be caught in lace stockings, ev...

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