Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J Edgar Hoover

Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J Edgar Hoover

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For nearly fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover held great power in the United States. The creator of the FBI and its Director until his death, he played a role in nearly every major tragedy and scandal in America during the twentieth century. Hoover was lauded when he died as an American hero. Anthony Summers' controversial bestseller, "Official & Confidential, The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover", draws on more than 800 interviews to explode the myths, exposing the dark secrets that remained hidden throughout Hoover's lifetime. Hoover used his intimate knowledge of the John F. Kennedy's sex life to ensure that Lyndon B. Johnson became Vice President, and suppressed evidence about J.F.K's assassination. Hoover himself, meanwhile, was a closet homosexual, which allegedly led to him being blackmailed by the Mafia. This fascinating book reveals that even Hoover's death, on the eve of Watergate, was clouded with mystery. Witnesses have indicated that, in the panic over the secrets he was holding over President Nixon, an operation was mounted to break into his house - possibly even to murder more

Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 40mm | 439.98g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Ebury Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0091941776
  • 9780091941772
  • 69,829

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"I read Official and Confidential with mounting horror, fascination, revulsion... Enthralling" -- Paul Theroux "Summers' book is not just a history of a single hero-sized hypocrite, it is a history of a vast national delusion" -- Hilary Mantel Spectator "The exposure we have been waiting for these last forty years" -- Norman Mailer "Garbage... Innuendo, lies" -- Cartha DeLoach, former close aide to Hoover "The book is more exciting, and more damning, than the film...This is bold, excoriating, unmissable stuff." Independent on Sundayshow more

About Anthony Summers

Anthony Summers is a writer, journalist and television producer . After education at Oxford University, he began his career in television with Granada TV's 'World in Action' investigative current affairs program. He moved on to the BBC, traveling worldwide and becoming a Deputy Editor of the flagship 'Panorama' program. Coverage for the BBC included the Vietnam War and the Middle East conflict, and - extensively - the United States, notably the Martin Luther King assassination and Robert Kennedy's presidential bid. He is the bestselling author of The File on the Tsar (1976), The Kennedy Conspiracy (1980), Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe (1985), Honeytrap (1987), Not in Your Lifetime: The definitive book on the J.F.K. Assassination (1998), The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon (1998), Sinatra: The Life (2005) and The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden (2011). Anthony lives in Ireland with his wife and three more

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Now the subject of a major Hollywood movie, Hoover was at the summit of power in the United States for almost fifty years. He created the FBI and ran it unchecked until his death. Anthony Summers demolishes the epic myth to reveal a racist, blackmailer and deceiver, the puppet-master who manipulated many of the key events in modern American history. He used his bulging dossiers to bring pressure on those in political and public life - including the presidents he served. Yet he was a man with his own secrets. The Mafia reportedly found out that he was a closet homosexual and he was allegedly also a cross-dresser. Against that background, Hoover allowed the spread of organised crime, by pretending it did not exist. He suppressed evidence about the Kennedy assassination, and died holding some of Nixon's darkest secrets. 'Enthralling' Paul Theroux 'Summers' book is not just a history of a single hero-sized hypocrite, it is a history of a vast national delusion' Hilary Mantel, Spectator 'Fascinating and alarming' Gore Vidalshow more

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"Summers' book is not just a history of a single hero-sized hypocrite, it is a history of a vast national delusion"show more

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