The FBI Story, A Report to the People, by Don Whitehead
This is the story of the FBI and its hero, J. Edgar Hoover, as Mr. Hoover would like to have it told. It comes close to being a eulogy of the man and the institution.
It would, however, be very unfair to dismiss the book with this statement. Unquestionably it is an honest piece of work. Nothing in it makes one doubt Mr. Whitehead’s sincerity in his initial statement: “I wanted to know how it was that J. Edgar Hoover had survived for 25 years as director of the FBI in a city of politics where the casualty rate runs high among bureau heads. I wanted to know how and why the FBI operates as it does. And I wanted to know if there were any basis to insinuations I had heard that the FBI represented any menace to civil rights.”
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