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The True Story of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI

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J. Edgar Hoover was Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1924 to 1971, outlasting eight presidents, 19 attorney generals, and four wars. Barry Denenberg deftly combines biography and social history in this provocative and riveting account of the true story behind J. Edgar Hoover's reign.
Paperback, 10 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Scholastic (first published April 1st 1993)
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Brian Kennedy
Sep 29, 2015 Brian Kennedy rated it liked it
When it comes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation one may think that it is an organization that has upheld justice fairly and prestigiously since its early beginnings. However, after reading The True Story of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI your opinion may change drastically. This biography gives a detailed look at the birth of one of the most decorated crime fighting organizations in our nation's history. It depicts the life of J. Edgar Hoover and the impact he left on building the famous FBI. ...more
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A very simple and easy-to-read book, but also very gripping and chock-full of lots of interesting facts. Denenberg takes a completely unflinching look at Hoover's contributions to the FBI, both the good and the bad, and leaves the reader to come to their own conclusions about his legacy. I highly recommend to history buffs interested in a quick, "back side" view to many of the important events of 20th Century American history.
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Mar 11, 2012 Andi rated it liked it
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A good primer on the history of JEH and FBI. Easy to read, but doesn't go very in-depth.
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Barry Denenberg is the critically acclaimed author of non-fiction and historical fiction. His historical fiction includes titles in the Dear America, My Name is America, and Royal Diaries series, many of which have been named NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. His nonfiction books have covered a wide array of topics, from Anne Frank to Elvis Presley. After the publicatio ...more
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