General Overviews - Pre-1990s

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Lamphere, Robert J., and Tom Shachtman. The FBI-KGB War: A Special Agent's Story. New York: Random House, 1986. New York: Berkley, 1986. [pb] New Ed., with Post-Cold War Afterword. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1995. [pb]

Lowenthal, Max. The Federal Bureau of Investigation. New York: Sloane, 1950. London: Turnstile, 1950.

Lynum, Curtis O. The FBI and I: One Family's Life in the FBI During the Hoover Years. Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance, 1988.

McCague, James. FBI: Democracy's Guardian. New Canaan, CT: Garrard, 1974. [Petersen]

Messick, Hank. John Edgar Hoover. New York: Davis McKay, 1972. [Petersen]

Morros, Boris. My Ten Years as a Counterspy. New York: Viking, 1959.

According to Pforzheimer, Studies 6.2 (Spring 1962), Morros was first an agent for Soviet intelligence and then worked for 10 years as a double agent for the FBI.

Munves, James. The FBI and the CIA: Secret Agents and American Democracy. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1975.

From publisher: "Presents cases involving the FBI and CIA from the Depression years to the Watergate burglary and discusses the role of these two agencies in government and in the lives of ordinary citizens."

Nash, Jay Robert. Citizen Hoover: A Critical Study of the Life and Times of J. Edgar Hoover and His FBI. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1972. [Petersen]

Ollestad, Norman. Inside the FBI. New York: Lyle Stuart, 1967.

O'Reilly, Kenneth.

1. "Adlai E. Stevenson, McCarthyism, and the FBI." Illinois Historical Journal 81 (Spring 1988): 45-60. [Jeffreys-Jones]

2. "The FBI and the Origins of McCarthyism." Historian 45 (1983): 372-393. [Jeffreys-Jones]

3. "Herbert Hoover and the FBI." Annals of Iowa 47 (1983): 46-63. [Jeffreys-Jones]

4. Hoover and the Un-Americans: The FBI, HUAC, and the Red Menace. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1983.

5. "Racial Matters": The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972. New York: Free Press, 1989. [Jeffreys-Jones]

6. "The Roosevelt Administration and Black America: Federal Surveillance Policy and Civil Rights during the New Deal and World War II Years." Phylon 48 (1987): 12-45. [Jeffreys-Jones]

Overstreet, Henry, and Bonaro Overstreet. The FBI in Our Open Society. New York: Norton, 1969.

Perkus, Cathy, ed. Cointelpro: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom. New York: Monad, 1975.

Powers, Richard Gid.

1. G-Men: Hoover's FBI in America's Popular Culture. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1983.

2. Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover. New York: Free Press, 1987.

Petersen calls Secrecy and Power "a well-researched ... biography that is critical of Hoover." It has a "good bibliography." O'Reilly, Policy Studies Journal 21.3, says this is the "first serious post-FOIA study but also the first revisionist one." Hoover's is a "'profoundly ambiguous' historic legacy." For Bresler, I&NS 4.1, "Powers' definitive work is a valuable insight into a career that may never again be duplicated even in its broadest outline."

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