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“A must-read…a compelling account…of the contemporary FBI, warts and all…
Philadelphia Inquirer

In this explosive bestseller, award-winning journalist Ronald Kessler reveals the abusive practices that ultimately resulted in the dismissal of FBI Director William S. Sessions in 1993. But those stunning revelations comprise only a small part of this dramatic, meticulously rese
Paperback, 604 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Pocket Books (first published 1993)
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Okay. The book was written before 9/11 so it often sounds dated and may not be as reflective of the Bureau's current culture. Also, the book attempts to cover everything in the Bureau from major field offices to the profiling unit to HRT, as a result it spreads itself thin and obviously does not come across as thorough as books that have been written specifically on those topics (I recommend Mindhunder by John Douglas (about the profiling) and Cold Zero (about HRT).

The book is good in that it d
Oct 09, 2008 Blake rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in law enforcement
This book is a little dated at this point and Mr. Kessler's "The Bureau" is a more up to date account of the FBI's history. I also think the Bureau is a better written work. Like all of Mr. Kessler's books it is well researched, even handed, and bolstered by unprecedented access to secretive organizations. This book contibuted to the dismissal of one of the FBI's Directors for abusing his official position, so it is difficult to accuse Mr. Kessler of holding punches or propagandizing. All in all ...more
Nov 21, 2010 Tyson rated it liked it
Shelves: history, military
Fairly good although just like his Inside the CIA it is out dated and there are other novels out there that are much newer and will be from a post 9/11 perspective but overall a great book.
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Shelves: crime
I read this book in 1997. It was was very informative and interesting. While I'm sure that there are other more up-to-date books out there now, I recommend this one as an intro into the subject.
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