A fascinating and timely biography of J. Edgar Hoover from a
“King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know
what it is…You better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is
bared to the nation.”
Dr. Martin Luther King received this demand in an anonymous
letter in 1964. He believed that the letter was telling him to commit suicide.
Who wrote this anonymous letter? The FBI. And the man behind it all was J.
Edgar Hoover, the FBI’s first director. In this unsparing exploration of one of
the most powerful Americans of the twentieth century, accomplished historian
Marc Aronson unmasks the man behind the Bureau—his tangled family history and
personal relationships; his own need for secrecy, deceit, and control; and the
broad trends in American society that shaped his world. Hoover may have given
America the security it wanted, but the secrets he knew gave him—and the Bureau—all
the power he wanted. Using photographs, cartoons, movie posters, and FBI
transcripts, Master of Deceit gives
readers the necessary evidence to make their own conclusions. Here is a book
about the twentieth century that blazes with questions and insights about our
choices in the twenty-first.
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