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Hoover's FBI: The Inside Story by Hoover's Trusted Lieutenant Paperback – July 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895264285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895264282
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,937,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''I have known the author of this book for over thirty years. This is a book that had to be written to correct any distortions of truth and innuendo that surrounded DeLoach's more than twenty-eight years in the FBI, his role as number three man in the Bureau, and the career of J. Edgar Hoover during that period.'' --Jack Anderson, newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist

''Deke DeLoach has been in a unique position to know all there is to know concerning J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI during his era. This book should be widely read.'' --Paul Harvey, radio commentator and author

''No other person in the world knows more about J. Edgar Hoover than Cartha D. 'Deke' DeLoach. He was third in command at the FBI--the assistant to the director and a personal confidant. Deke 'tells it like it is'--the unblemished truth. You can totally rely on the information in this book.'' --Samuel L. Devine, US Congressman and former FBI special agent --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

CARTHA DELOACH served as an FBI agent for more than twenty-eight years, rising from field agent to deputy director. After retiring from the service in 1970, he served as president of PepsiCo for fifteen years. Following the death of director Hoover, Deloach was twice offered the directorship of the Bureau but chose to stay in corporate life. He currently lives on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, where he serves as principal of a holding company. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Kennedy on April 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For those interested in the history of the Bureau this book is certainly a must read. There is no doubt that DeLoach's professional relationship with Hoover and his first-hand knowledge of some of the major cases the FBI dealth with during his career is worth consideration.

Bear in mind however that DeLoach was also a loyal lieutenant to the Director and make no mistake that in this account of Bureau history, the author does attempt to wax eloquent Hoover and his achievements while passing over much of the damage and subsersive activity the FBI engaged in, notably with the civil rights movement as well as COINTELPRO initiatives. I'd recommend this book for those looking for some inside perspective and rationale behind Bureau activities during the Hoover era, but I'd look elsewhere for alternate viewpoints that have been long substantiated and buttress the claim that Hoover was indeed an individual who exercised more power than any bureaucrat is entitled to, before or since, and that in the process of building a first rate investigative agency many lives and reputations were destroyed.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Stove on August 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Cartha DeLoach isn't an iconoclast or a sycophant; he simply writes through a spirit of determination to give credit when credit's due. As WASHINGTON POST columnist Jack Anderson has admitted, no-one alive today has DeLoach's knowledge of the FBI's workings during the Hoover era. After reading DeLoach it becomes increasingly hard to believe (a) that Hoover was a practising homosexual, (b) that he indulged in transvestitism (that particular allegation derives from the unsupported testimony of a convicted perjuror), (c) that Martin Luther King was the spotless saint in which America has increasingly come to believe, (d) that the CPUSA consisted of fey intellectuals concerned primarily with the Bill of Rights.

In a way, the very unpretentiousness of DeLoach's account is its strength. You come away from it, not liking Hoover, but respecting him.
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By GoodEater on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
J Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson were just good friends.

Your belief in that statement will determine whether you respect this book or not. Still, it's fun to listen to the stories, however slanted.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ian B Silver on March 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is by far the most accurate account of the Hoover years at the FBI. Mr. DeLoach not only gives the most accurate information on some of the most famous cases, but also gives the reader an inside account of the thinking behind some of Hoover's most important decisions of the time - Mississippi Burning, Monroe, LBJ, Nixon, etc. If you actually want to know the truth and not some plagerous expose with 1/2 truths, take a look at this book.
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21 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1997
Format: Hardcover
"Deke" DeLoach was the number three man in the F.B.I.
after J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson, and the
most authoritative source for the history of the Bureau
in its most turbulent era.

The F.B.I.'s mystique and secrecy have
encouraged a number of myths to grow around it,
ranging from Hoover's putative sexuality (he seems
to have had none), to wild rumors around the
assassination of John F. Kennedy. DeLoach sets the
record straight on these and other matters, such as
the dispute between Hoover and Martin Luther King,
"Mississippi Burning", Russian spies, and Hoover's
slow recognition of the existence of the Mafia:
"...no such complex national criminal organization
could exist without him knowing about it. He didn't know
about it; ergo, it did not exist".

DeLoach admirable narrative skills are most unusual
and make the book a pleasure to read as well as
informative. Photos, index.

(The numerical rating above is a default setting
within Amazon's format. This reviewer does not
employ numerical ratimngs.)
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