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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (447 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald Kessler Narrator: Michael Bybee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780307914262
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The Secrets of the FBI by New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler reveals the FBI’s most closely guarded secrets and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations.

Based on inside access, the book presents revelations about the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the recent Russian spy swap, Marilyn Monroe's death, Vince Foster’s suicide, and J. Edgar Hoover’s sexual orientation. For the first time, it tells how the FBI caught spy Robert Hanssen in its midst and how the FBI breaks into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught.

From Watergate to Waco, from congressional scandals to the killing of bin Laden, The Secrets of the FBI presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Jeffcoat | 1/30/2014

    " A revealing study of the inner workings of the FBI, beginning with J. Edgar Hoover. It details their methods of collecting information and the tools at their disposal, as well as actual stories of their successes and failures. It will frighten you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/21/2014

    " Points for some good storytelling and research. Negative points for a lack of a cohesive theme or point to the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 1/21/2014

    " I read his "In the President's Secret Service" and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I can't say the same thing about this book. It seemed to jump all over the place and was more of what the FBI has done since 9/11. I was kind of disappointed, but still enjoyed the information in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Wyndham | 1/10/2014

    " nothing earth shattering but some interesting stuff none the less "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 1/4/2014

    " I found the book very interesting and will probably read his other one about the presidents. It makes you wonder why men who are suppose to work for the good of this country just can't get their egos in check. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlee | 12/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, especially learning about the tactical operations of the FBI. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 12/27/2013

    " Boring. I didn't finish this book. It didn't capture my attention and the writing felt repetitive but also jumped around a lot. I am not sure what I was expecting from this book, but what I read wasn't it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/24/2013

    " There were some interesting stories but overall I was not sure why the book was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/18/2013

    " I learned a few interesting things, in between the cheers for the FBI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 thegreatunknown | 12/11/2013

    " I'm not usually into exposing government secrets and talking about conspiracies, but this book was thrilling. Could it really be that stuff like this goes on? Is everything a coverup? I keep questioning everything now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 12/8/2013

    " An interesting insight into some of the history of the FBI, and the many changes in policy that have occurred over the years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/21/2013

    " A lot of this was just melodramatic crap that no one cares about, but the stuff on the Tactical Operations division in the FBI was ABSOLUTELY KILLER. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/20/2013

    " There were parts that were more entertaining than others. I liked the stories. It was interesting to see how the FBI is positioned today and how it has evolved over time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 9/16/2013

    " Interesting read. Some of the info I would have been fine without knowing but it was interesting to read about how the FBI does stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Yeary | 7/18/2013

    " Awesome book, I've got the secret knowledge now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/3/2012

    " It's amazing what lengths the FBI goes to in order to accomplish their mission. Interesting read for the most part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teardra | 9/7/2012

    " I thought this book was very interesting but parts of it were repetitive. I was also hoping to learn more about old case files and less about current ops strategies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah W | 9/1/2012

    " The section on Tactical Operations was good and informative. This would be a excellent resource to read before you apply for the FBI just so you know what you are getting into. The author's previous book on the Secret Service took a similar negative slant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Callaghan | 11/5/2011

    " Really interesting... lots of recognizable events and what happened in the background with regard to the FBI.... well written... enjoyable if you like this kind of stuff!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 11/4/2011

    " A revealing study of the inner workings of the FBI, beginning with J. Edgar Hoover. It details their methods of collecting information and the tools at their disposal, as well as actual stories of their successes and failures. It will frighten you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teardra | 10/9/2011

    " I thought this book was very interesting but parts of it were repetitive. I was also hoping to learn more about old case files and less about current ops strategies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/3/2011

    " Points for some good storytelling and research. Negative points for a lack of a cohesive theme or point to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rasheda | 8/14/2011

    " Pretty interesting stuff. Hoover didn't cross-dress, but he may have had a relationship with another man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 8/13/2011

    " I read his "In the President's Secret Service" and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I can't say the same thing about this book. It seemed to jump all over the place and was more of what the FBI has done since 9/11. I was kind of disappointed, but still enjoyed the information in the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 8/9/2011

    " I've read more interesting books. Am forcing myself to wade through it. "

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About the Author

Ronald Kessler is the bestselling author of The FBI, Inside the CIA, Moscow Station, Escape from the CIA, Spy vs. Spy, The Spy in the Russian Club, and The Richest Man in the World. He is an award-winning former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and his articles appear in leading periodicals. Mr. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland.