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Enemies by Tim Weiner
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Aug 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from August 06 to 13, 2012

This was a great book, a very easy to read history of the FBI from it's inception as an investigative force in the Department of Justice to today. The history of the FBI has been and will continue to be a struggle between security and civil rights. Dominated by a single man hunting for subversives for so many years (J. Edgar Hoover) the FBI floundered after he passed away and Watergate exposed many FBI tactics and seems to have found a new lease on life back in counterterrorism. The FBI has also been tied up in a power struggle to determine who controls America's intelligence gathering with the other agencies charged with information gathering, law enforcement and spying. I really enjoyed this book and the way history has repeated itself when it comes the FBI, not to mention the amount of entanglement with American politics that the FBI has had with both sides of the political spectrum.

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