J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

Curt Gentry

Language: English

Pages: 848

ISBN: 0393321282

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover’s FBI was an American gestapo."―Newsweek

Shocking, grim, frightening, Curt Gentry’s masterful portrait of America’s top policeman is a unique political biography. From more than 300 interviews and over 100,000 pages of previously classified documents, Gentry reveals exactly how a paranoid director created the fraudulent myth of an invincible, incorruptible FBI. For almost fifty years, Hoover held virtually unchecked public power, manipulating every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. He kept extensive blackmail files and used illegal wiretaps and hidden microphones to destroy anyone who opposed him. The book reveals how Hoover helped create McCarthyism, blackmailed the Kennedy brothers, and influenced the Supreme Court; how he retarded the civil rights movement and forged connections with mobsters; and what part he played in the investigations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. 32 pages of photographs

















track down and apprehend all four of the saboteurs who had landed near Jacksonville, Florida, arresting the last member of the group in Chicago on June 27. It was a tremendous accomplishment. Exactly two weeks after the Long Island landing, all eight of the German agents were in custody. They hadn’t even had time to commit a single act of sabotage. Hoover had won his gamble. At some point—it is unclear when, but it was probably right after the New York City arrests—Hoover and his aides reached a

Central and South America in July 1940, their initial task was to collect intelligence, especially in countries with heavy concentrations of German émigrés and sympathizers. Soon, however, they assumed a far more active role, helping round up Axis agents, saboteurs, and smugglers of strategic war materials and, equally important, diverting the funds with which the Nazis intended to finance their Latin-American enterprises. In Bolivia the SIS, working with the British, exposed an Axis-inspired

dime, but submitting outrageous expense accounts.” The writer noted, “Action on your part, Mr. Clark, will take great moral courage.” The attorney general did not respond. A second letter, dated August 28, 1968, also typed on the stationery of the Los Angeles office, was written in much the same vein. A new charge was that Hoffa’s men had been able to frame yet another top FBI official “with a blonde, liquor and lavish hotel, but with unseen cameras and tape recorders,” so that he was forced “to

lower than dog shit to find his stories. Isn’t that something, Mr. Dean?” The president’s counsel started to laugh, then, realizing that this was not the response the FBI director expected, instead mumbled, “It certainly is some story, Mr. Hoover, some story indeed.” In showing Dean out, the director offered, “If you’d like some material from our files on Jack Anderson, I’d be pleased to send it over.” Dean happily accepted. Colson reported Dean’s progress to the president. The mention of the

separate New York City banks. Neither teller, however, had checked the 57-page list of the ransom bills at the time of the transaction, nor could either identify the person who exchanged them. On May 1 another $2,980 was redeemed at still another New York bank, with similar lack of attentiveness. Though more ransom bills were passed, mostly in individual transactions, the case seemed to have come to a standstill. Hoover saw his chance. New Jersey’s state police chief, Schwarzkopf, and his

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