The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover. UK 2012, 602 pp. with numerous photographs, brochure, € 12.79Kostenloser Versand innerhalb Österreichs.
Now the subject of a major Hollywood movie, Hoover was at the summit of power in the U.S. for almost 50 years. He created the FBI and ran it unchecked until his death. The biographer demoklishes the epic myth to reveal a racist, blackmailer and deceiver, a puppet-master who manipulated many of the key events in modern American history. He used his bulging dossiers to bring pressure on those in political and public life - including the presidents he served. Yet he was a man with his own secrets. The Mafia reportedly found out that he was a closeted homosexual and he was allegedly also a cross-dresser. Against that background, Hoover allowed the spread of organised crime, by pretending it did not exist. He suppressed evidence about the Kennedy assassination, and died holding some of Nixon's darkest secrets.