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The FBI & American democracy : a brief critical history

Author: Athan G Theoharis
Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, ©2004.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Theoharis, Athan G.
FBI & American democracy.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2004
(OCoLC)654825746
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Athan G Theoharis
ISBN: 0700613455 9780700613458
OCLC Number: 54767570
Description: x, 195 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The early years : creation and proscribed growth --
World War I and the origins of political surveillance --
Abuse of power, retrenchment, and morality --
The New Deal and a war on crime --
The origins of FBI intelligence, the crisis of World War II --
The early Cold War years : anticipating and curbing subversion --
Promoting McCarthyism--and morality (again) --
Secrecy and power : the undermining of accountability --
From anticommunism to law and order --
Scandal and limited reform --
A modern bureau and the politics of terrorism.
Other Titles: FBI and American democracy
Responsibility: Athan G. Theoharis.
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For nearly a century, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been famous for tracking and apprehending gangsters, kidnappers, spies, and, more recently, international terrorists. Athan Theoharis  Read more...

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