Puppetmaster by Richard Hack
The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover

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J. Edgar Hoover, the most powerful lawman in America for over fifty years, was also the country's most controversial and feared public servant. His career as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation spanned nine different presidential administrations and survived a dozen attempts to sweep him from office. During that time, Hoover completely reshaped domestic law enforcement as he expended the reach of the FBI and transformed his G-men into an elite national crime fighting division. Despite his contributions to the criminal justice system, Hoover fell from favor soon after his death, the victim of rampant rumors and innuendo.

In Puppetmaster, author Richard Hack separates truth from fiction to reveal the most hidden secrets of Hoover's private life and exposes previously undisclosed conduct that threatened to compromise the security of the entire nation. Based on Truman Capote’s uncovered files (who, once diverted, offered them to Hack) and other personal documents together with well over 100,000 pages of FBI memos and State Department papers, Hack rips the lid off the director's facade of propriety to detail a life replete with sexual indiscretions, criminal behavior and a long-standing alliance with the Mafia.

Phoenix Books offers Puppetmaster in a newly formatted ebook edition which has been enhanced for digital readers to feature a fully interactive table of contents and comprehensive linked index.
 

About Richard Hack

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Hack has been an investigative writer for 20 years, covering Hollywood and the media for much of that time. He frequently appears on television as a commentator.
 
Published August 1, 2007 by Phoenix Books Inc.. 409 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Hack's balanced but quite critical treatment details the brilliant self-promotion, which made Hoover a national hero, as well as the paranoid anticommunism, the secret files on presidents and pinkos alike, the illegal surveillance and wiretaps and the racist antagonism to the Civil Rights movemen...

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Tucson Citizen

Publishers Weekly originally praised this book by stating that Hack skillfully “creates some transparency for the legendary FBI chief’s tantalizingly opaque psyche.” Perhaps so, but that is also part of the problem in trying to document the life of this incredibly illusive man.

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