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Book Review: J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI’s War on Civil Liberties

By Ben Jacobs
The Daily Beast

 Tim Weiner’s fast-paced new book, ‘Enemies: A History of the FBI,’ explores almost a century of the agency’s domestic spying, infringing on the Fourth Amendment, abuse of power, and handling of famous cases like the Pentagon Papers and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Many books about the FBI focus on J. Edgar Hoover’s psychology, from his mother issues to his alleged predilection for dressing in drag. Enemies: A History of the FBI, by Tim Weiner, is not one of these. There is no racy gossip about Hoover or exciting tidbits about famed Depression-era gangsters like John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd whom Hoover and the bureau helped catch.

Instead, Weiner’s history has an exciting and fast-paced narrative that focuses on the bureau’s perennial enemy, the Fourth Amendment, and civil liberties generally.

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