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Enemies: A History of the FBI | [Tim Weiner]

Enemies: A History of the FBI

We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history. This is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
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Publisher's Summary

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history.

Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. The FBI has fought against terrorists, spies, anyone it deemed subversive—and sometimes American presidents. The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between protecting national security and infringing upon civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic.

©2012 Tim Weiner (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Enemies is a research masterpiece. Picking through seventy thousand newly declassified documents and using on-the-record interviews, Weiner reveals startling new truths and debunks nagging old myths about the FBI. Enemies reads like a thriller, but don’t let the heart-pumping prose fool you. Weiner has written a scholarly tour de force that will be an instant classic for any serious student of American national security." (Amy B. Zegart, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCLA School of Public Affairs, author of Spying Blind)

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    a Dahinda, IL, United States 11-12-12
    a Dahinda, IL, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up Enemies: A History of the FBI in three words, what would they be?

    All about Hoover


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enemies: A History of the FBI?

    At the order of the President, the FBI infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan to stop and disrupt their violent activities. One of the murders that was investigated by the FBI was carried out by a local sheriff, his deputies, and the justice of the peace.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Has a great voice, enjoyed the narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    More details about Hoover than you could ever want to know.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed parts of the book but there were so many inane details about Hoover I lost interest. As a matter of fact, the majority of the book is exclusively about Hoover. I purchased the book with the understanding that it was going to be about various different FBI operations and while the book DID talk about different operations, everything was from Hoover's perspective. If you like Hoover or care about Hoover, or want to know about Hoover - this book is for you. If not, it's going to be a little long to get through.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sorrento, Florida, United States 03-25-12
    Michael Sorrento, Florida, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Entertaining!"

    Enjoyed the book very much. The narrator does a great job. And the story flows pretty well. Definitely would recommend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CMcK 08-06-12
    CMcK 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Important gripping history read perfectly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you liked LEGACY OF ASHES you'll like this too. Unbelievable insights on the FBI, Hoover, and the never ending tug of war between liberty and safety.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roy BOISE, ID, United States 03-13-12
    Roy BOISE, ID, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    I recommend this book wholly plus the history of the CIA by the same author. They build upon each other. American history is a complex subject these works help to conect the dots.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian North Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-02-13
    Brian North Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-02-13
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    What did you like best about Enemies: A History of the FBI? What did you like least?

    The thing I liked best about this book was how thorough of a history it provided. It definitely debunked some myths that I thought previously to listening to it, it confirmed some things and it also had a lot of new information. What I liked least about it was it's length!! Holy cow, what a long book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 09-21-12
    Colin Detroit 09-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "Its not as good as "Legacy of Ashes""

    First let me say that having read (or listened to) "Legacy of Ashes" and thought it was pretty good and I will probably listen to it again, this one not so much.

    The title "Enemies" does look like the correct title since that's what Hover did create enemies, not only for him but for the whole country

    Problem I think is that while "Legacy or Ashes" followed the whole CIA and how it did things where as "Enemies" was mostly about how J.Edgar Hover mostly ran things like he wanted to and really effed things up pretty good - Hover lived with his mother until he was in his 40's until she died! and he worked a normal government job not a bum or something like that, also he never ever had a relationship with anyone, never had sex ever according to all reports about him, its just strange.

    After Hover dies and someone else takes over the FBI and it went to all sorts of different people in charge of the FBI because since Hover had really strange rules and polices in place that were hard to remove it was perceived by the President that they were doing things wrong.

    There were some reviews that mentioned this wasn't as good as "Legacy of Ashes" and they were right, I don't know what the main problem is other than the large focus on Hover but that cant be avoided I guess when someone runs the FBI for as long as he did but it just doesn't feel as good as the other book, or as good as I think it could be.

    I dont have anything to add that would make this better but I got the idea I couldn't want for the book to end until it got to the point that Hover was out of the picture.

    I guess this book would be better 50 years from now since Hover ran the FBI until 1972 and then it was just cleaning up the mess that Hover left behind and forgetting the ways he put into effect, it was only after Sept 11th that the FBI started getting better so 50 years from now it would make a much better book to see how things went on from now

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pam F. Indiana 05-07-12
    Pam F. Indiana 05-07-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Not as good as Legacy of Ashes, but good."
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    That the book was not as comprehensive as Legacy of Ashes. The reality of this book is that it should be titled "A Biography of J. E. Hoover". I understand that Hoover was a large portion of the FBI history, and that the more recent information is probably still classified and thus unpublishable but Weiner could have retitled this book and cut the last few chapters and had a better book with a much more accurate title.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki???s performance?

    Needs linguistics lessons


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Repeat after me Mr. Rudnicki; Mah-Cheese-Moe, not Ma-kiss-mo, Mah-Cheese-Moe. That is just the beginning of so many mispronounced words.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. Hooper Kansas City, MO USA 03-28-12
    G. Hooper Kansas City, MO USA 03-28-12 Member Since 2007

    Big Band jazz lover

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    Just boring. Narrator is fair but attempts to imitate other voices was subpar. To me, nowhere near as enjoyable as Weiner's novel about the CIA.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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