Enemies

A History of the FBI

by Tim Weiner

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A History of the FBI
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Presents the history of the FBI's secret intelligence operations, detailing how the bureau has been used to conduct political warfare, and how it became the most powerful intelligence service in the United States.

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John Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation gives a speech on November 17, 1953, in Washington. Bob Mulligan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI. He introduced fingerprinting and forensic techniques to the crime-fighting agency, and pushed for stronger federal laws to punish criminals who strayed across state lines. He also kept secret files on more than 20,000 Americans he deemed "subversive." Anonymous/Library of Congress hide caption

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