FBI A History

ISBN-10: 0300142846
ISBN-13: 9780300142846
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 7/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

This fast-paced history of the FBI presents the first balanced and complete portrait of the vast, powerful, and sometimes bitterly criticized American institution. Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, a well-known expert on U.S. intelligence agencies, tells the bureau7;s story in the context of American history. Along the way he challenges conventional understandings of that story and assesses the FBI7;s strengths and weaknesses as an institution. Common wisdom traces the origin of the bureau to 1908, but Jeffreys-Jones locates its true beginnings in the 1870s, when Congress acted in response to the Ku Klux Klan campaign of terror against black American voters. The character and significance of the FBI derive from this original mission, the author contends, and he traces the evolution of the mission into the twenty-first century. The book makes a number of surprising observations: that the role of J. Edgar Hoover has been exaggerated and the importance of attorneys general underestimated, that splitting counterintelligence between the FBI and the CIA in 1947 was a mistake, and that xenophobia impaired the bureau7;s preemptive anti-terrorist powers before and after 9/11. The author concludes with a fresh consideration of today7;s FBI and the increasingly controversial nature of its responsibilities.

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is professor emeritus of American history, Edinburgh University. His previous books include "The CIA and American Democracy," "Peace Now! American Society and the Ending of the Vietnam War," and "Cloak and Dollar: A History of American Secret Intelligence," all published by Yale University Press.

Preface
Race and the Character of the FBI
Secret Reconstruction, 1871-1905
Proud Genesis, 1905-1909
Loss of Mission, 1909-1924
The First Age of Reform, 1924-1939
Counterespionage and Control, 1938-1945
The Alienation of Liberal America, 1924-1943
Gestapo Fears and the Intelligence Schism, 1940-1975
Anachronism as Myth and Reality, 1945-1972
A Crisis of American Democracy, 1972-1975
Reform and Its Critics, 1975-1980
Mission Regained, 1981-1993
Strife and Slippage, 1993-2001
9/11 and the Quest for National Unity
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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