The History of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI’s Secret ‘Enemies’ List

Hoover became increasingly worried about communist threats against the United States – and it morphed into all-encompassing paranoia. Introduction Four years after Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tim Weiner published Legacy of Ashes, his detailed history of the CIA, he received a call from a lawyer in Washington, D.C. “He said, ‘I’ve just gotten my hands on[…]

Biography of a Beast: J. Edgar Hoover vs. the Constitution

Later in life and after his death, Hoover became a controversial figure as evidence of his secretive abuses of power began to surface. Introduction John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States and an American law enforcement administrator. He[…]