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G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of
the American Century

by Beverly Gage
864 pages
Viking (Penguin Random House)
Published: Nov 2022

J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) is an intriguing biographical subject; he spent 48 years as Director of the FBI and was arguably the most powerful unelected public official in the country at the time.

One might assume that Hoover’s life has been fully dissected by previous biographers. But a steady stream of new information has become available since the last major Hoover biography was published almost thirty years ago. And in her deeply-researched book, Gage relies on recently declassified items and information uncovered through countless FOIA requests to add important…

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