Friday, May 25, 2012

Enemies: A History of the FBI

Lawbreakers. It takes special writing skill to describe dramatic and consequential activities in a measured way. Many writers about the inner workings of government wear a prejudice with pride. Tim Weiner is that special writer who presents a true story in a carefully researched, measured way. His latest book, Enemies: A History of the FBI, draws on vast amounts of raw material, some recently released (after his three-decade-old FOIA request was approved). Weiner lays out in detail a century-long legacy of surveillance and secret intelligence. The conflict between the need to gather information and the importance of protecting civil liberties remains in tension during the entire history of the FBI. I was enlightened by just how many laws were broken in our name. Readers who are interested in government, power and intelligence are those most likely to enjoy this book. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase Enemies from

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