• Jul 28, 2008
    320 p., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4

    ISBN: 9780300142846
  • Paper: $20.00 tx
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Political Science


A History

  • Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones


"I would describe this book as a most important work on the FBI. It will change the way people think and talk about the FBI."—Christopher Waldrep, San Francisco State University


“Jeffreys-Jones provides a succinct, telling account of the FBI's checkered history. His book, however, is very much a tract for our own time. Jeffreys-Jones's analysis of our post-9/11 FBI reveals a still-ossified bureaucracy, lacking in any ready response capability—and most importantly, sustained by Patriot Act provisions which have provided more license and authority for abuses of power.”—Stanley Kutler, author of Wars of Watergate

“This new book on the FBI by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones takes its place proudly on the small shelf of outstanding studies of America's top agency for domestic law enforcement, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism. With this insightful, lucidly written, and exhaustively researched examination of the Bureau, Professor Jeffreys-Jones has managed to match his highly regarded earlier books on the Central Intelligence Agency.”—Loch Johnson, author of Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy

"This penetrating and remarkable history of the FBI, authoritatively locating the institution in its changing historical context, illuminates both its virtues and its weaknesses through the revealing prism of race."—M. J. Heale, author of McCarthy's Americans: Red Scare Politics in State and Nation, 1935-1965

'...the author...gives us a careful, clear, intelligent chronicle of the FBI during its first century.  He neither exaggerates nor glosses over faults or blunders.'  - Hugh Brogan, BBC History Magazine

"A prolific historian of the United States intelligence community, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones has now produced an informative survey of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. . . . Fascinating."—Kenneth O'Reilly, American Historical Review

"It is particularly valuable for its interpretation of the FBI's origins and historical evolution in light of race."—Douglas M. Charles, The Historian