Start reading Masters of Deceit on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Masters of Deceit [Kindle Edition]

J. Edgar Hoover
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $16.99
Kindle Price: $7.99
You Save: $9.00 (53%)

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Kindle Delivers
Kindle Delivers
Subscribe to the Kindle Delivers monthly e-mail to find out about each month's Kindle book deals, new releases, editors' picks and more. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How to Fight It.

Originally published in 1958.

J. Edgar Hoover analyzes Communist Espionage in the United States; the history of Marxism-Leninism; Communist tactics; the life of Party members; and the overall goal of Communism.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

J. Edgar Hoover was the Director of the FBI for 48 years from May 10, 1924 until his death on May 2, 1972.

Product Details

  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475162715
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company; 1 edition (March 1, 1958)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NWHEG8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Communism Anymore October 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book over 30 years ago while in High School. While Hoover is credited as the author, some sources say that the book was ghost-written by Agent Fern Stukenbroeker, an FBI researcher on subversive groups employed in the Crime Records Division. While the organization and function of most subversive movements, Left and Right, are patterned after techniques honed to a sharp edge in the Soviet Union, the information in this book applies to more than merely Communism. Many of these same techniques were/are used yet today by the CIA/FBI/NSA, as well as radical progressive and ultra-conservative organizations in domestic and international disinformation and subversion campaigns.

Consider this book a primer into an education in the operation/administration of covert operations, concerning all facets of the political spectrum, and an insight into how attempts are made daily through the media to influence your thoughts and actions - in ways you would never expect, or otherwise recognize.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required Reading... June 11, 2006
This book should be rquired reading for high school seniors and college students. It explains much of what has happened in this country over the past forty or fifty years ... in particular, it anticipated the tactics that were used during the Vietnam era, Iran-Contra, etc. These tactics continue to be used today.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
40 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've seen this book referenced many times... December 14, 2005
I finally decided to read this book in light of current political events, particularly the fact that many anti-war protests are organized and funded by communist/marxist groups.

I was surprised by the relevance of this book given the nearly sixty years since the first printing. Had I read this in 1995, I might have been more inclined to pass it off as a ranting voice from the distant past, but the current love affair with Che Guevara in particular and marxist ideas in general at US colleges proves several of Hoover's main points.

However, Hoover spends more time exploring/explaining the tactics used by communists as they attempt to make socialism acceptable to Americans. He highlights the constant drone by the socialists/communists on the "evils" of capitalism. Moreover, Hoover points to the loss of personal responsibility and accountability as fundamental to accepting an ever more powerful central government that dictates and controls more of our daily lives.

Communists speak of "freedom from..." but never "freedom to...", and this is one of the most dehumanising elements in socialist societies.

The fact that communism/marxism is taught today at colleges and universities as a benign, more enlightened form of government without any reference to the horrors they brought on humanity should serve as a warning on just how masterly deceived many Americans have become.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a compelling depiction of Communism in a America and how it started and evoled. It reveals some stiking simularities in the way politics are unfolding today.
It details the underpinnings of the move to European Socializim in this country, via Labor unions, pop culture, divide and conqour techniques, i.e., gender, age,and class warfare.
A must read for the young reader, who is not familiar with this type of history in our country.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. October 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I always thought the guy was a control freak, but it's interesting how much of this book has come true. A good one. Well worth the read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read book October 28, 2009
By Squires
Verified Purchase
Spooky how he nailed down what would happen. Very informative. Great history lesson you or your kids will not get through mainstream education.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
John Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) was, of course, the first Director of the FBI, appointed in 1924. He is also credited with the authorship (although they were most likely ghostwritten) of the books, Persons in hiding, A study of communism, and J. Edgar Hoover on Communism, as well as this 1958 book.

He wrote in the Foreword, "Communism is the major menace of our time. Today, it threatens the very existence of our Western civilization... The Communist Party, never forget, is a state within a state. It has its own system of 'courts,' ... It enforces its own laws... The Party member may physically reside in the United States, but he 'lives' in a communist 'world.'"

He admits (pg. 5) that the Party in the U.S. has seen a severe drop in its membership from the peak of 80,000 in 1944 to (1957-current) about 20,000. However, he later notes "the value of fellow travelers and sympathizers," whose value "lies in their alleged noncommunist affiliation." (Pg. 83)

He asserts that the Party's position toward African-Americans is determined by Soviet foreign policy, and "not by concern for their welfare." (Pg. 228) He also states that "A true follower of the Jewish faith, like those of other religions, cannot embrace communism." (Pg. 240)

He charges that although acts of sabotage "are not now part of the Party's program, they may become so in the future." (Pg. 283)

However, he also strongly notes that "Smears, character assassination, and the scattering of irresponsible charges have no place in this nation," and "hinder rather than aid the fight against communism." (Pg. 290)
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by cbddw
5.0 out of 5 stars The Communist plan to capture the Whitehouse...
I thought it was amazingly accurate when it outlined the communist plan to raise an individual in the homeland... who would suspect an American citizen... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Thorne
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
My daughter and I read this together as a supplement to her world history. This book is a great supplement to any History Class!
Published 6 months ago by Lori R. McCall
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title
I read this book 20 years ago when I was in high School. I was deathly afraid of Communists and the brain washing techiques illustrated in this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars A book writen by a man with knowledges, comonsense and love of the...
Every American should be aware of the existence of the US communists and their anti American activities. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nicolae Istrate
4.0 out of 5 stars Even more valid in 2013
Although the writing style is dated, the issues may be more valid today in the US. The book presents an interesting historical perspective of communism. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for every American
Many years ago I had this book and gave it away for someone else to read. I think it is back on the shelves because it is exactly what is going on in America today. Read more
Published 13 months ago by teri woods
5.0 out of 5 stars He was right...
An excellent read, from one of the experts on the matter. Hoover was right! And now today in 2013 we're watching it all unfold before our very eyes. Read more
Published 17 months ago by arizonaranchman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for every Voter
This book should be in every American home. You will never view the news the same after reading it. It is very well written and applies to current events.
Published on August 13, 2012 by Gerald J Kenney, Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars US Air Force Retiree
It saddens me that anyone can find value in this work of a hypocritical racist! Funny how the desired salvation Hoover wanted to bring to America against communism didn't extend to... Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by Mr Head
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category