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The Secrets of the FBI | [Ronald Kessler]

The Secrets of the FBI

The Secrets of the FBI by New York Times best-selling author Ronald Kessler reveals the FBIs most closely guarded secrets and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations.
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Publisher's Summary

The Secrets of the FBI, by New York Times best-selling author Ronald Kessler, reveals the FBI's most closely guarded secrets and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations.

Based on inside access, the book presents revelations about the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the recent Russian spy swap, Marilyn Monroe's death, Vince Foster's suicide, and J. Edgar Hoover's sexual orientation. For the first time, it tells how the FBI caught spy Robert Hanssen in its midst and how the FBI breaks into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught.

From Watergate to Waco, from congressional scandals to the killing of bin Laden, The Secrets of the FBI presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time.

©2011 Ronald Kessler (P)2011 Random House

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    G-Man 08-08-11
    G-Man 08-08-11
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    "Even-handed; an interesting history of the FBI"

    'This book seems even-handed; an interesting history of the FBI that covers its directors and significant cases (Waco, Abscam etc) to the present. It also covers FBI training and undercover operations. The narrator is particularly well suited for this title. This is my first book by the author and while it claims 'secrets' of the FBI -there are some- I think it mostly covers issues in depth and gives background not generally well known. I have not 'read' about the FBI before so much of the story is new or at least in depth compared to the news. I enjoyed it!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Amherst, MA, United States 08-09-11
    Jaime Amherst, MA, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Deja-vu?"

    The writing is okay, and taken by itself this is a fairly interesting book. However, as I was listening I began to get a strong sense of deja-vu...I checked my library and found another book by the same author, "The Bureau". Huge chunks of "The Bureau" are repeated here, in some cases verbatim. In one odd case a story is repeated (the roast beef thing) but the conclusion as to the truth of the story is completely different. No reason for this change of heart is given.
    This self-plaigirism REALLY irks me. I feel cheated. The book should be half the length that it is.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 11-15-11
    Lynn 11-15-11
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    "Entertaining"

    Ronald Kessler in The Secrets of the FBI provides a series of investigative chapters concerning the work of the FBI. The raid on Osama bin Laden, Marilyn Monroe’s death, the Vince Foster suicide, and other stories are here. While a very interesting read, this book contained no “secrets” that I didn’t already know or that had not been reported in the press earlier. However, each chapter contained insights into how the FBI works and interesting related details. The book takes a rather eclectic approach loosely connecting the various tales in the several chapters. If you are not familiar with the work of the FBI or have never read in this genre, this book might be one you would like to pick up. The reading of Michael Bybee is very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rafael Goleta, CA, United States 01-17-12
    Rafael Goleta, CA, United States 01-17-12

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    "The Book Was Very Interesting!!"
    What did you love best about The Secrets of the FBI?

    The information that I gained from the book that I didn't know before. I learned a few things about the FBI that I didn't know before.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secrets of the FBI?

    There was no one memorable part. To me the whole book was memorable.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Bybee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to Michael Bybee.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    robertm850 United States 11-22-11
    robertm850 United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "superficial"

    This is a superficial look at the FBI. Not really much in the way of secrets. It was entertaining though and an easy read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Ogdensburg, NY, United States 08-17-11
    David Ogdensburg, NY, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2003
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    "not as good as Kessler's earlier FBI book"

    I have bought and listened to several of Kessler's books. This is the least impressive, possiby because I have been saturated by insights in earlier books, or maybe this should have been published as an "updated and expanded" Inside the FBI.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 08-09-11
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2002
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    "seemed a bit random"

    Solid narrator, but tough to follow the arc of where the author was going. Seemed like a lot of the material covered was from long ago newspaper clippings. Not a total waste of time, but certainly below average.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Knoxville, TN, United States 03-10-12
    Thomas Knoxville, TN, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Puerile Pablum"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Substance


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Bybee’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disbelief


    Any additional comments?

    I got stuck in traffic today and listened to this nonsense for over an hour before coming to my senses and putting on a little rock 'n roll. SECRETS OF THE FBI??!!!! WOW!

    SPOILER ALERT - Here's some of the

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Needs better structuring but very interesting."

    Being new to Kessler, I didn't know what to expect. It is interesting to say the least; he sheds light on the practises of the FBI that I previously had not heard of. It is funny in parts, scary in others, tense and sometimes even weird as Kessler details accounts of FBI experiences. There is something in here for everyone; if your interest lies in celebrity, politics, scandal, foreign threats etc. However, the narrative was hard to follow, it jumped back and forth, there seemed no logical progression- from nowhere suddenly you will hear how the BAU operate in tracking rapists and serial killers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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