Young J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties.

Ackerman, Kenneth D.

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On June 2, 1919 bombs exploded simultaneously in nine American cities, and the country was faced with the new threat of radical terrorism. The Attorney General had his young assistant, J. Edgar Hoover crack down on the perpetrators with a series of brutal raids, the arrest of over 1,000 citizens, and the assembly of secret files on thousands. 'Demonstrates forcefully the corrupting nature of power in the hands of flawed government officials.'

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On June 2, 1919, bombs exploded simultaneously in nine American cities, and the nation suddenly found itself facing a new threat-radical terrorism. Then-Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer vowed a crackdown to be led by his youngest assistant, J. Edgar Hoover. Under Palmers wing, Hoover helped execute a series of brutal nationwide raids-bursting into homes without warrants, arresting over ten thousand Americans-and assembled secret files on thousands of political enemies. Despite public backlash against the abuses, these were the first steps in Hoovers remarkable rise to power. Young J. Edgar is the compelling (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY) and fast-paced (KIRKUS REVIEWS) story of Hoovers early career-one that reaches to the heart of our modern debate over personal freedom in a time of war and fear.

Book Details

Author Ackerman, Kenneth D.
Format PB
Publisher The Perseus Books Group
Imprint Da Capo Press Inc
Number of Pages 496
Illustrations illustrations
Publish Date 11/03/2008
Catalogue HIS01
Catalogue book number 6