J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century
Discover the life and career of J Edgar Hoover in this groundbreaking biography that pulls from previously unseen sources. From his rise to director of the FBI in 1924 to his death in 1972, discover how this once young and energetic reformer transformed a failing law-enforcement system into a modern machine. While he was known for his strong-arm tactics, Hoover was also a confidant and adversary to eight U.S. presidents and embodied conservative values ranging from anticommunism to white supremacy to a crusading and politicized interpretation of Christianity—gaining admiration from many Americans. This biography offers insight into the evolution of governance, policing, race, ideology, political culture, and federal power in the 20th century.