FBI 100 Years

FBI 100 Years : An Unofficial History

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On the eve of the FBI's centenary, this book offers the first comprehensive illustrated account of the Bureaus 100-year history. Granted unprecedented access to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and academy at Quantico, Virginia, author Henry M. Holden presents a rare inside view of the agencys workings, as well as a compelling, closely observed picture of its ever-changing role, powers, notable cases, and controversies through the years. FBI 100 Years chronicles the Bureaus successes and failures from its early days as Teddy Roosevelts trust-busting detective force to the increased emphasis on counterterrorism the post 9/11 world. Along the way, Holden revisits the gangster era and the days of McCarthyism, the unmaking of the Mob, and the disastrous standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco. The famous and the infamous make their appearances in the story, colorful characters such as John Dillinger and "Machine Gun" Kelly, J. Edgar Hoover and turncoat spy Robert Hansen. With added features including an exploration of the 200 categories of federal crimes that fall within the Bureaus purview, all the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives lists since the first in 1949, and an entertaining look at the FBI in popular culture, this is the most thorough and authoritative book ever written about the principal law enforcement arm of the United States Department of Justice. It is truly the first book to do justice to the worlds most famous, but actually little-known law enforcement agencies in the world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 267 x 305 x 25mm | 1,932g
  • Zenith Press
  • Osceola, United States
  • English
  • 135 color & 165 b-w photos
  • 0760332444
  • 9780760332443
  • 1,947,356

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FBI 100 YEARS: AN UNOFFICIAL HISTORY "covers them all: the spies and saboteurs, the revolutionaries and fugitives, the mob bosses, gangsters, and petty criminals with colorful nicknames and big-time aspirations, the public and private life of J. Edgar Hoover as well as his now notorious secret files, the Hollywood blacklists, the political assassinations, Ruby Ridge, Waco, and domestic surveillance in post-9/11 America. Henry M. Holden, author of To Be an FBI Special Agent," traces the history of Federal Bureau of Investigation, the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice, including its power, notable cases, and controversies through the years. The dramatic story told in FBI 100 YEARS: AN UNOFFICIAL HISTORY "also includes how the FBI reacted to the Red Scare of the 1950s and civil unrest in the 1960s, and does not shy away from examining some of the more controversial tactics and surveillance methods used by the Bureau over its century of crime fighting. Author Henry M. Holden "explores dozens of categories of criminal activities that fall under its broad investigative authority, and takes a look at the FBI in American popular culture. - Teddy Roosevelt's trust-busting detective force - Gangbusters and spybusters" - J. Edgar Hoover's secret files - Blacklists, blackmail, and McCarthyism - Civil rights and political unrest in the 1960s - Bringing down the syndicate: investigating organized crime - Ruby Ridge, Waco, and other disasters - Domestic surveillance and wiretapping HENRY M. HOLDEN was granted numerous interviews with active agents, allowed to pore through the FBI's historic photo archives, and given the most access it has ever granted a private individual to prepare this one and only published history marking the 100th anniversary of the Bureau's founding. A veteran law enforcement officer himself, Holden served as a sworn deputy from 1979 to 1981 in the Orange County, Florida, sheriff's department. He now resides in northern New Jersey.
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FBI 100 YEARS: AN UNOFFICIAL HISTORY is an exciting, heavily illustrated account of the crime-fighting activities of the Bureau over its first century. Grab your holster and your badge--you'll be tagging along with some of the FBI's most determined G men, investigating and interrogating a century's-worth of kidnappers, killers, bootleggers, bank robbers, smugglers, and spies. The contributions of each of the FBI's directors are examined, as well as their innovative--and sometimes questionable--tactics. From fact-checking to myth-busting, FBI 100 Years opens the secret files, dusts for fingerprints, explores the hideouts, pulls out the brass knuckles, and shines a white-hot spotlight on some of America's most notorious hoodlums, kingpins, and crooks throughout the Bureau's existence. - LINDBERGH BABY KIDNAPPING
Author Henry M. Holden was allowed unprecedented access to the FBI's historic files and photo archives to prepare this one and only published history marking the 100th anniversary of the Bureau's founding. FBI 100 YEARS: AN UNOFFICIAL HISTORY is the total FBI experience.
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Officer.com, June 2008
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considered by many to be the premier law enforcement agency in our country today. Where did it come from? Why was it established? What does it do? Who provides it authority to do so? When I was first approached to review what I saw as essentially a history book, I wasn't too enthused. I mean, that's not my idea of recreational reading. But I kept an open mind and I'm glad I did. This book proved interesting in many ways for anyone who serves (or has served) in law enforcement...if you are interested in law enforcement either through your employment or for another purpose, this book may well provide you some insights you'd not otherwise find."
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About Henry M. Holden

Henry M. Holden, the author of other MBI titles, To Be an FBI Special Agent and To Be a Crime Scene Investigator, won a 1996 Florida Freelance Writer's Competition "Honorable Mention," and received the 1994 "Author's Award" from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was also a sworn deputy from 1979 to 1981 in the Orange County, Florida sheriff's department. He resides in Randolph, New Jersey.
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