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A G-Man's Journal: A Legendary Career Inside the FBI- FROM The Kennedy Assassination to the Oklahoma City Bombing Hardcover – October 1, 1998
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A true insider's peek into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington halls of power, A G-Man's Journal establishes its pull-no-punches tone with a bang and a snap as Oliver "Buck" Revell recounts his personal interview with infamous FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on the first day Revell was assigned to headquarters: "You know," he quotes Hoover, "the president (Kennedy) was the one who ordered the investigation of Martin Luther King."
Revell, who served more than 30 years with the FBI, reached the second-highest position available in the bureau, that of assistant director. His differences of opinion with various FBI directors after Hoover make great reading, though his criticisms of current director Louis Freeh are surprising given the general applause Freeh has received from policymakers and pressmen. Among certain elements, Revell has a reputation as a member of Reagan's "shadow government," responsible for rogue policy decisions outside the scope of the president's constitutional powers. Many conspiracy buffs suggest he played a less-than-honorable role in both the Iran-Contra affair and the tragic bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. While not directly addressing the notoriety surrounding him, Revell manages to make clear that he believed throughout his career that he was doing exactly what he should have as a representative of the FBI, performing his duties with honor. --Tjames Madison
From Library Journal
Second in command at the FBI for 11 years, Revell talks about some of his biggest cases.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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As one FBI agent " Larry Thompson and Jim Siano said "Buck" wants this to go his way in hopes he could be the new Director, well when i spoke to Buck and learned he set this up all as a lie and front phony sting, i flew home. He still tried to set up the entire fake sting on Bush and got Perot to do a fake telephone tape with me Perot and Oberwetter on the line being taped by FBI. The book is a funny read but full of egotistical B.S. Buck is a crook.
Immediately upon learning of the threat, a team of FBI and Finnish police were dispatched to conduct an extensive investigation to resolve the Helsinki call, which they did, and it was in no way connected to PA103. To suggest otherwise simply flys in the face of the facts.
Why anyone would think that the FBI and the many other agencies, both from the US and Europe, who investigated PA103 would ignore such a significant development is incomprehensible. Revell, as is plain in his book, was not someone that could be manipulated.
Conspircy theorists fail to accept that the investigation involved thousands of individuals from hundreds of agencies, all of whom were trying to solve the largest muder in American history. These individuals were dedicated, professional and for the most part, apolitical. They would not have been swayed to lower their standards by any administration or group. And I can assure you that there was never any pressure from any source on the investigators.
The book is engagingly written and provides useful insight into one of our most important institutions. The internal politics of the agency may not be compelling reading for many, but there is plenty of other interesting material for anyone interested in the FBI and federal law enforcement. (The "score" rating is an unfortunately ineradicable feature of the page. This reviewer does not "score" books.)