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A Special Agent: Gay And Inside The Fbi

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
It was a tough job, a dangerous job, and Frank Buttino loved it. For twenty years he served as one of the nation's top FBI agents. He led investigations into organized crime, narcotics, and foreign counterintelligence - and was praised by every FBI director from J. Edgar Hoover to William Sessions. But Frank Buttino also led a secret life - a life he kept hidden from the ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published by William Morrow & Company
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Jul 01, 2016 Jon rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this personal account of being discovered gay while in the FBI during a time when there was still a stigma and internal orders to rid them from government agencies.
Sarah Madison
Jan 30, 2011 Sarah Madison rated it it was ok
Interesting recounting of what it was like to be an FBI agent and a closeted homosexual at a time when the Bureau actively discriminated against gays and lesbians. Frank Buttino was an explemplary agent, wedded to his job, and his refusal to go quietly when he was anonymously (and mysteriously)outed, proved to be a watershed case for the hiring policies of the FBI.

While a fascinating glimpse into the time period, the culture, and the author's struggle to identify himself as gay, the narrative su
Mary Pierson
There are 3 types of homosexuals..."oh, yes that person is definitely gay!" As in that person leaves no doubt. "Is he/she or isn't he/she?" Their actions leaves you questioning. You think you know but are unsure. And "What? You're kidding me! No way." I have had the pleasure of knowing Frank Buttino. If he did not come out and said he was gay, you would not believe it. Frank is a wonderful man, kind, thoughtful, and considerate. For the FBI to do this to him is so unspeakable. I'm glad that ...more
A very abrupt and anti-climatic ending (the book was published before the court case ever began), but very much worth reading.

Jan 25, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay, memoir
A Special Agent: Gay and Inside the FBI by Frank Buttino (1993)
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