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Bureau’s first and foremost mission Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history   Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred year war on terror The FBI has fought against terrorists spies anyo. If you liked Legacy of Ashes you ll like Enemies The converse also applies Weiner retains the fast paced journalistic style of Legacy tantalising links are left hanging and background is left as exercise for the readerLike his biography of the Agency this effort starts to fade as it heads closer to the present deprived of declassified documents and on the record testimony it starts to read as a recap of recent NYTWaPo exposes and the insights become less and less penetrating one wonders whether Weiner s glowing assessment of Mueller s FBI will look anywhere near as convincing in twenty years timeRegardless Enemies does a great job of placing the FBI largely thought of as a law enforcement organisation firmly under the spotlight in its capacity as the United States domestic intelligence service exploring and exposing it s successes failures and the inherent tensions of running a secret police force in a democracy

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Enemies A History of the FBI

Ne it deemed subversive and sometimes American presidents The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniues have created a tug of war between protecting national security and infringing upon civil liberties It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republ. Dryly factual Five stars for the overwhelmingly interesting facts one star for the dry writing style which rarely goes into sufficient detail in its rush to recount large events often taking up large swaths of time Of course the detail I m looking for would at least triple the length of the book so you may disagree The writing style would certainly make me hesitant to read three times the pagesThis book should be read by all Americans despite the intelligence report style of writing This is an honest and seemingly unbiased account of the many failures and few triumphs of the FBI in the areas of counterintelligence and terrorism The complete disregard and contempt for the strict rule of law that the FBI has often demonstrated in the past is well documented It also shows how even well meaning ideology morals and political views can hamper and destroy what should be a completely independent and apolitical branch of the government

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Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award   We think of the FBI as America’s police force But secret intelligence is the. J Edgar Hoover is the main character in this book at least for the first 23rds and if there was ever any uestion that Hoover is one of the most conseuential people in American history that uestion no longer exists in my mind But the Hoover of the book surprised me my mind s eye had always pictured Hoover as a Machiavellian power hungry manipulator the Master of Whispers of the American government But the Hoover I read about is less a scheming Edward G Robinson type and of a dedicated patriot I have no doubt in my mind that Hoover loved this country even if he also loved the accolades power and influence that came with his station as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation The fact that Hoover was America s top cop from the FDR Administration through Nixon is almost unfathomable But he wasn t kept in that position because of any dirty secrets he held over the power brokers or at least not that the book reveals He was simply the best person for the job for the better part of four decades He was a tactical genius and yes he did skirt around certain legal obstacles but from what I can tell he did it out of a true love of countryWithin the story of Hoover and the shadow he casts over the Bureau nearly half a century later is a chronicle of all the growing pains and traumatic events in American history From the Red Scares 1910s and 1950s to essentially destroying the Klan in the 1950s and 60s to the COINTELPRO of the the last decade of Hoover s life The latter when the FBI started spying on American citizens for fear of subversion is kind of the turning point of the FBI when it became less about defending America and about spying and tapping the phones of people who aren t necessarily breaking the law but have dangerous ideas After Hoover s death in 1972 the Bureau went through a few years of triumph finding the evidence for Watergate and about two decades of relative incompetence When Bill Clinton shit canned Director William Sessions in 93 nobody protested because he was patently awful Although Louis Freeh wasn t much betterOne of the interesting chapters in the Bureau s history is the final chapters of the book which detail the course correction of the Bureau moving away from warrantless wiretaps and waterboarding to using gasp the law to take down terrorists I d be curious to see if they put in any kind of addendum later on to include the Comey firingIf you have a fancy for American political history of the 20th century you d be hard pressed to find a interesting and fact filled book


9 thoughts on “Enemies A History of the FBI

  1. says:

    Tim Weiner's Enemies A History of the FBI is an interesting book about the FBI's straddling the line between legal and illegal pursuit of criminals The book spends a lot of time discussing the career and legacy of J Edgar Hoover dispelling myths most evidence discounts the commonly held belief that he was a closeted homosexual and

  2. says:

    A free people must have both security and liberty They are warring forces yet we cannot have one without the other When William Webster became

  3. says:

    J Edgar Hoover is the main character in this book at least for the first 23rds and if there was ever any uestion that Hoover is one of the most conseuential people in American history that uestion no longer exists in my mind But the Hoover of the book surprised me my mind's eye had always pictured Hoover as a Machiavellian power hungry manipulator the Master of Whispers of the American government But the Hoover I read ab

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    Why is it so hard for the United States to have an effective intelligence service and achieve a reasonable balance between individual rights and national security? Weiner’s history of the FBI had me asking that uestion and the likely answers were not comforting Ever since 1917 when the Red Threat arose and J Edgar Hoover joined what would become the FBI abuse of power and confusion have been the hallmarks

  5. says:

    Reading this book i realized a couple things i didn't know before One that J Edgar Hoover was probably the most powerful man in American history only because of the amount of sway that he had on just about anyone And two th

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    If you liked Legacy of Ashes you'll like Enemies The converse also applies; Weiner retains the fast paced journalistic style of Legacy tantalising links are left hanging and background is left as exercise for the readerLike his biography of the Agency this effort starts to fade as it heads closer to the present deprived of declassified documents and on the record testimony it starts to read as a recap of recent NYTWaPo exposes and the in

  7. says:

    An informative disturbing book on the history of the FBI which at its worst moments has functioned as something like the U

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    Dryly factual Five stars for the overwhelmingly interesting facts one star for the dry writing style which rarel

  9. says:

    What a fascinating book I was really disturbed at how much intelligence was floating around before the 911 attacks Even as far back as the mid 1990s I have a lot greater respect for director Robert Mueller Mueller was essentially thrown into the position after battling an aggressive cancer right as the 911 attacks happened His resolve to maintain a bureau of integrity and legality is uite impressive Knowing what Muelle