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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marc Aronson Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A fascinating and timely biography of J. Edgar Hoover from a Sibert Medalist.

“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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/13/2014

    " I must have blinked when this was taught in history class and am fascinated to learn more about J Edgar Hoover, other than that he created and was head of the FBI for years. He was a shady character- just like some of the ones he claims to have collected files of information on! Also very interesting to learn more about communism, the fear of the Cold War years, and really think about how our reaction to 9/11 mirrors the problems of that earlier time. Why is it that when we feel unsafe, it is our personal freedoms that are compromised- aren't those freedoms the very thing that a democracy is based on? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/3/2014

    " A well written book detailing the life of J. Edgar Hoover. It seemed to do a really good job of giving the facts and only included things that were documented. The author did make note of rumors or gossip about Hoover but also listed what facts were known about the rumors and what was unproven. A few places in the book were lacking dates that would have helped explain when the event happened, but overall the book was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 1/22/2014

    " I credit Aronson with writing a well balanced account of the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover. The research, illustrations and writing are all excellent and present a very readable book for teens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caroline | 1/10/2014

    " This exceedingly important collection of facts carefully reveals and unmasks the life of the deceitful man who controlled the FBI and shaped the US and so many Americans, in a time before the internet. "

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