Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner

Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner (Random House, 2012) was a great book. I knew a fair amount about the FBI before I read this, being a casual/paranoid fan of the global intelligence community, but this book really went over it like nothing else did.

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The J. Edgar Hoover stuff obviously took up quite a lot of paper here, because that man was something else. The good parts and the bad, this book took a very objective perspective in regards to a very complicated time in history and politics. It was fascinating to see how he shaped politics, especially after recently reading that book about Wild Bill Donovan and the OSS.

The more modern stuff was also fascinating, and I knew less about a lot of this going into the book. How moles were placed in the FBI and later found out, how the FBI didn’t cooperate with certain administrations at all… to be honest, I definitely think the FBI has fallen from where it used to be.

No mention of the X-files in here though, so that truth is out there somewhere else.