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Theoharis, Athan G.

Overview
Works: 69 works in 218 publications in 2 languages and 18,123 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Archives  Case studies  Records and correspondence  Bibliography  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HV8144.F43, 363.250973
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Most widely held works about Athan G Theoharis
 
Most widely held works by Athan G Theoharis
The boss : J. Edgar Hoover and the Great American Inquisition by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 1,792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The FBI : a comprehensive reference guide by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since its inception in the early 20th century the Federal Bureau of Investigation has emerged as a dominant agency in the American judicial system. Within its 10 chapters, this source provides a comprehensive chronological history of and guide to the FBI that includes information about the facilities, the organizational structure, and biographies of key individuals. This reference source will not only please FBI enthusiasts, but it also serves as an excellent resource for those interested in U.S. history, criminal
From the secret files of J. Edgar Hoover by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During his forty-eight years as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover scrupulously maintained secret office files and arranged for special filing procedures to safeguard "sensitive" information
Seeds of repression; Harry S. Truman and the origins of McCarthyism by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

10 editions published between 1971 and 1977 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The FBI & American democracy : a brief critical history by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Athan Theoharis contends that a closer look at the historical record reveals a much less idealized and much more disturbing vision of the FBI and its impact on American society." "As Theoharis reveals, from its earliest days, FBI history has been marked by operational failures, overrated abilities, and the frequent use of highly suspect means - wiretaps, buggings, break-ins - that challenge the Constitution's guarantee against illegal searches. The agency has also been known to gather and disseminate derogatory (and often untrue) information in an effort to discredit citizens whose views were seen as "dangerous." Most disturbing, it has drifted toward equating political dissent with genuine subversion, an approach with potentially grave consequences for free and open public discourse." "Throughout, Theoharis raises serious questions about the extralegal nature of the FBI's activities and its troubling implications for the rule of law in America, which threaten both civil liberties and democracy itself. Drawing deeply upon primary sources (including declassified documents), his work should help all Americans reevaluate the FBI and its proper role in our society."--Jacket
The Yalta myths: an issue in U.S. politics, 1945-1955 by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

9 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A culture of secrecy : the government versus the people's right to know( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new book examines who in government is hiding what from the rest of us, how they're doing it, and why it should matter to all of us. Contributing scholars, journalists, and attorneys survey the policies of federal intelligence agencies and presidents - notably Nixon, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton - to keep information secret. They show how these agencies have gone far beyond legitimate security needs to withhold information, and they describe the frustrations and costs encountered in their own efforts to obtain classified information. The authors review important cases exemplifying State Department, agency, and presidential efforts to withhold, destroy, or delay release of these records. In chapters centering on the Kennedy assassination, the Nixon tapes, and the FBI's files on John Lennon and the Supreme Court justices, readers will find an abundance of startling and disturbing revelations. By citing some of the methods used by agencies like the CIA, NSA, NSC, and FBI to circumvent the Freedom of Information Act - often with the cooperation of the judicial system - these essays clearly show that abuses of secrecy aren't limited to the withholding of information but extend to the absurd lengths taken to avoid disclosure
Spying on Americans : political surveillance from Hoover to the Huston plan by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a comprehensive history of the abuses of the American domestic intelligence system from 1936 until May 1978. Drawing from the mountain of bureaucratic memos that Congressional committees and the Freedom of Information Act have pried loose, the author traces the step-by-step expansion of the authority of the FBI and other agencies to investigate the loyalty of American citizens exercising their civil liberties. In the process, he also shows the daily Washington struggle of top-level bureaucrats for power and programs. -- from Publisher description
Chasing spies : how the FBI failed in counterintelligence but promoted the politics of McCarthyism in the Cold War years by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: The long history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover is studded with serious questions about the Bureau's professionalism and accountability. Revelations in the recent cases of Wen Ho Lee, Robert Hannsen, and Timothy McVeigh illustrate these misgivings. In Chasing Spies, Athan Theoharis, historian and perhaps the foremost authority on the FBI's record, raises urgent new uncertainties about the Bureau's behavior--and about the prospects for giving the FBI expanded powers of surveillance during the current national emergency. Mr. Theoharis here redefines the politics of the World War II and cold war eras, moving the debate beyond the narrow perspective triggered by the release of KGB records and intercepted Soviet consular reports (the Venona messages). The intriguing issue, he argues, is not the effectiveness of Soviet espionage activities as supported by the new evidence. Nor is it the long-standing charges of ₃softness toward communism₄ in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. The real issue, he says, is the failure of the FBI to apprehend and convict Soviet agents. Based on meticulous research in FBI files, Chasing Spies uncovers the FBI's role in the most important espionage cases of the cold war years. The book shows how secrecy immunized FBI operations from critical scrutiny and enabled FBI officials to mask their counterintelligence failures while promoting a politics of McCarthyism
The specter ; original essays on the cold war and the origins of McCarthyism by Robert Griffith( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1988 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond the Hiss case : the FBI, Congress, and the Cold War by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

5 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J. Edgar Hoover, sex, and crime : an historical antidote by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the life of the late director of the FBI with answers to the accusations of sexual misconduct and homosexuality and being soft on organized crime and the Mafia in particular
Abuse of power : how Cold War surveillance and secrecy policy shaped the response to 9/11 by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the FBI has a history of an abuse of power through the use of illegal activities, including wiretapping and political surveillance, since the 1930s
The Truman presidency : the origins of the imperial presidency and the national security state( Book )

9 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and German and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Central Intelligence Agency : security under scrutiny( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the history, organization, activities, controversies, and key events and people of the Central Intelligence Agency
The quest for absolute security : the failed relations among U.S. intelligence agencies by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Quest for Absolute Security is a cautionary reminder of the costs to a democratic society of policies that expand the government's surveillance powers yet may bring us no closer to perfect safety."--Jacket
Imperial democracy : the United States since 1945 by Melvyn Dubofsky( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The FBI : an annotated bibliography and research guide by Athan G Theoharis( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States in the twentieth century by Melvyn Dubofsky( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These yet to be United States : civil rights and civil liberties in America since 1945 by Jeanne Theoharis( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book ... on postwar America ... looks at civil rights and civil liberties in tandem and does so over the past fifty years. It merges two historical approaches - of looking at America from the view of those in the highest seats of power and from the perspectives of those too often denied political and economic access. It shows that the civil rights movement was not just a southern movement but spanned the nation; not just a movement for African Americans but waged by other people of color, including Latinos and Native Americans as well as women of all races; and not just a struggle that began in the mid-1950s and ended in the mid-1960s. It was more varies ... more grassroots, and more broad than many other studies of the postwar period have shown.-Pref
 
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The FBI : a comprehensive reference guide
Alternative Names
Athan Theoharis American historian

Theoharis, Athan.

Theoharis, Athan 1936-

Theoharis, Athan G.

Languages
English (150)

German (1)

Covers
From the secret files of J. Edgar HooverThe FBI & American democracy : a brief critical historyA culture of secrecy : the government versus the people's right to knowChasing spies : how the FBI failed in counterintelligence but promoted the politics of McCarthyism in the Cold War yearsJ. Edgar Hoover, sex, and crime : an historical antidoteAbuse of power : how Cold War surveillance and secrecy policy shaped the response to 9/11The Central Intelligence Agency : security under scrutinyThe quest for absolute security : the failed relations among U.S. intelligence agenciesThese yet to be United States : civil rights and civil liberties in America since 1945