FBI by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
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FBI by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

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This fast-paced history of the FBI presents the first balanced and complete portrait of the vast, powerful, and sometimes bitterly criticized American institution. Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, a well-known expert on U.S. intelligence agencies, tells the bureau's story in the context of American history. Along the way he challenges conventional understandings of that story and assesses the FBI's strengths and weaknesses as an institution. Common wisdom traces the origin of the bureau to 1908, but Jeffreys-Jones locates its true beginnings in the 1870s, when Congress acted in response to the Ku Klux Klan campaign of terror against black American voters. The character and significance of the FBI derive from this original mission, the author contends, and he traces the evolution of the mission into the twenty-first century. The book makes a number of surprising observations: that the role of J. Edgar Hoover has been exaggerated and the importance of attorneys general underestimated, that splitting counterintelligence between the FBI and the CIA in 1947 was a mistake, and that xenophobia impaired the bureau's preemptive anti-terrorist powers before and after 9/11. The author concludes with a fresh consideration of today's FBI and the increasingly controversial nature of its responsibilities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300142846
ISBN-10: 0300142846
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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American Left by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones American Left, Hardback (January 2014)

Only the American right has ever really recognised the potency of the American left. This book details the left's achievements, including the welfare state, opposing militarism, reshaping of American culture, black rights and civil liberties, awakening the USA to the dangers of fascism and great public enterprises such as the late Twin Towers.

Cloak and Dollar by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones Cloak and Dollar, Paperback (November 2003)

This work traces the history of US secret intelligence from the founding of the nation through to the 21st century. The book argues that while the intelligence community has had some successes, it has also invented threats instead of analysing them and demands too many dollars for its services.

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Author Biography - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is professor emeritus of American history, Edinburgh University. His previous books include The CIA and American Democracy, Peace Now! American Society and the Ending of the Vietnam War, and Cloak and Dollar: A History of American Secret Intelligence, all published by Yale University Press.

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