The Burglary

The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

by Betty Medsger

Hardcover, 596 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $29.95 | purchase

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The Burglary
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The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI
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Betty Medsger

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An account of the lesser-known story of the 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists cites their roles in triggering major changes in the FBI and confirming that J. Edgar Hoover had run a personal shadow FBI.

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FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is seen in his Washington office, May 20, 1963. The 1971 burglary of one of the bureau's offices revealed the agency's domestic surveillance program. William J. Smith /AP hide caption

itoggle caption William J. Smith /AP