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A Stark Warning
on November 12, 2012
I can't say I "enjoyed" this book. Rather, it was very disturbing. The level of corruption on display, throughout the government but within the FBI hierarchy in particular, was stunning. The author seems to have documented even his most salacious allegations, though I could have done without a good deal of the seamy detail he wrapped into the narrative. The obvious conclusion is the J. Edgar Hoover was a deeply disturbed individual who probably should have been fired from the FBI early in his career, and should never have been placed in charge.
The other obvious conclusion is the America does a lousy job of vetting its leaders. Every single president Hoover served, from Coolidge through Nixon, had some sort of sleazy behavior, one or a dozen skeletons hidden in the closet, that Hoover managed to uncover and hold against them to Hoover's advantage. No president was ever willing to fire him, no matter how badly he needed firing. This lesson should serve as stark warning to those who think it's not important to know the backgrounds of those who would serve us in high offices. Skeletons are fodder for extortion from sources within and without the government, to the great loss of the people of this country.