This work is twice as long as it needs to be to tell this important story. A good editor would do wonders. If the book were limited to the story of the Media burglary and ended in the 1970s--rather than wandering back and forth through the administrations between Reagan and Obama--it would be easy to recommend it. The author never misses an opportunity to reiterate her key thesis, that Hoover viewed himself and the Bureau as above the law and, as a result, trampled on the civil rights of all Americans in many of their operations.
The description of the events leading up to and after the Media burglary, as well as the present-day interviews of participants, is fascinating and well written.
Pinchot's sarcasm and attempts to punctuate various points he seems to regard as mortifying, as well as his unsuccessful attempts to capture vocal qualities of women, is extremely distracting. The author would have been a good choice for narrator, judging from the Acknowledgments she reads.
The book should be divided into 2 books, one that focuses on the Media burglary, and one that focuses on the FBI from the Reagan administration forward.
Top 2--right next to A Prayer for Own Meany.
The grandfather. The character was very well developed and the reader had the privilege of getting to know him slowly. The character had integrity--in the sense that everything he said or did was consistent, and not simply introduced to advance the plot.
No, but I plan to.
It made me laugh out loud, literally--a little embarrassing because I was listening on the bus.
My husband read the book and we've spent many evenings discussing the characters, plot, setting. The book is so rich and filled with imagery that I know we'll continue our discussions.
It was such a waste of time, I didn't bother to finish it. Uninteresting characters. Predictable plot. Poor narration.
Guidall sounds like a grandfather who hasn't figured out how to live in this century. His phrasing and intonation didn't match the text. He seemed unfamiliar with any of the technology described in the book--not because he's not an engineer, but because he doesn't seem to understand the benefits of smart phones and how pervasive they are in today's society. A younger voiced, credible, interesting narrator is preferable.
Can't even think of a scene worth saving.
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