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J. Edgar Hoover by Curt Gentry
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Dec 17, 2009

really liked it

Lengthy bio on this most complicated man. Gentry relates Hoover's beginnings to his ascent and eventual dominance of the F.B.I.. The numerous characters that surrounded Hoover's life are considerably featured: Dillinger, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Rosenbergs, Joseph McCarthy, the Kennedys, etc.. The author reveals the many-faceted sides of Hoover's personality, from ardent patriot and founder of the modern F.B.I. to a vindictive and malignant control-freak responsible for the ruination of numerous individuals and proponent of notorious activities like COINTELPRO. He also doesn't shy away from the Director's personal life, discussing controversies like Hoover's relationship with celebrities, his paranoia, and his alleged homosexuality. Despite the author's obvious bias against his subject (if Hoover was as completely bad as Gentry makes him out to be, then why does the F.B.I. still exist?) the title is one of the best books on the man.

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