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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Pyramid Books; No Edition Stated edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007EHC8M
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,251,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book. It goes through the history of how a government agency can be created without Congressional approval.
We repeat the history we don;t understand or are aware. The lessons in this book speak directly to many of the problems we currently have with NSA spying how how it has become unstoppable.

The FBI literally wrote the book that is still being used to this day.
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One of the great freelance investigative reporters of the Cold War period, Fred J. Cook (1911-2003) took on J. Edgar Hoover at a point in time when Hoover was in the middle of his non-investigation of the assassination of JFK. This is a fine early expose of the questionable actions and finely-polished mythology of the Director of the FBI. Cook was also one of the early critics of the official story of President Kennedy's death.
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This was a personal revelation for me since I read it one year after I received (according to James McNulty, then the head of the FBI office in NYC) up to that time, the top application test score recorded in the NYC office (a two day affair of mental and physical evaluations). McNulty had called me at home, personally, to congratulate me.

Fred J. Cook's THE FBI NOBODY KNOWS revealed that Hoover would reject Jews, women, Hispanics, Italians and African Americans sight unseen.

As it turns out, I never heard back from the FBI even with that score. My record as a war-time veteran and former law enforcement officer for a NY State police unit, Adelphi University graduate (later elected to its Alumni Association Academy of Distinction, did not help.

Although I was born in NYC I am still a Hispanic. Today's additional revelation of Hoover's bizarre letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, suggesting to him that he commit suicide, is particularly bitter.

This book came to be known as "The Cook book" among FBI agents, and it is a most courageous work in literature because of the power held by Hoover at the time.
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A bit dated, but a classic exposure of the FBI during the late Hover years. A good read for those interested in US or government history.
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I haven't read the book, but readers might want to know that it figures very prominently in "The Doorbell Rang", a Nero Wolfe mystery by Rex Stout, published in 1965.
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