The Secrets of the FBI

The Secrets of the FBI

by Ronald Kessler

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New York Times bestselling author reveals the FBI’s most closely guarded secrets, with an insider look at the bureau’s inner workings and intelligence investigations.
Based on inside access and hundreds of interviews with federal agents, the book presents an unprecedented, authoritative window on the FBI's unique role in American history. From White House scandals to celebrity deaths, from cult catastrophes to the investigations of terrorists, stalkers, Mafia figures, and spies, the FBI becomes involved in almost every aspect of American life. Kessler shares how the FBI caught spy Robert Hanssen in its midst as well as how the bureau breaks into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught.
With revelations about the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the recent Russian spy swap, Marilyn Monroe's death, Vince Foster’s suicide, and even J. Edgar Hoover, The Secrets of the FBI presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307719713
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 139,843
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of In the President's Secret Service, The Terrorist Watch, and The CIA at War. A former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, Kessler has won seventeen journalism awards. He is chief Washington correspondent of Kessler lives in Potomac, MD with his wife Pamela.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Tacops 5

2 Omerta 18

3 Red Dress 30

4 Secret Files 37

5 Break-In at the Watergate 46

S Deep Throat 52

7 Profiling 58

8 Threesomes 66

9 Mole in the CIA 71

10 More Roast Beef 78

11 Waco 87

12 The Co-Director Wife 96

13 Behind Vince Foster's Suicide 107

14 Brick Agent 113

15 Catching Hanssen 121

16 "Breach" 132

17 Unexplained Cash 143

18 "Mueller, Homicide" 151

19 Intelligence Mind-Set 159

20 The Center 171

21 The Hunt 183

22 Armed and Dangerous 193

23 Preaching Jihad 200

24 Year of the Ponzi Scheme 209

25 Trip Wires 217

26 Yacht Party 226

27 Christmas Day 239

28 Suitcase Nuke 247

29 CSI 252

30 Spy Swap 262

31 Geronimo 272

32 The Biggest Threat 279

Epilogue 287

Acknowledgments 289

Index 291

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The Secrets of the FBI 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Winterlight00 More than 1 year ago
I've never read Kesslers stuff before so I can't accuse him of being a cheerleader, but theres lots of rah rah for the FBI here. Most of this is just stories told by FBI guys with a slant towards blaming foul ups on previous directors. For example the FBI missed the 9/11 hijackers because Freeh didn't update the computers. It /is/ a fun read though, just take the idea that this is all true to life with a grain of salt.
HondaSolLuv More than 1 year ago
If FBI interests you in anyway this is a book you should pick up. I am from Lubbock, Tx and really like Kessler's take on the Terrorist Aldawasari. This was a very high profile case here and I liked to see the inside of the story and the FBI's involvement. Ronald Kessler is a very good author and his stories are always a joy for me to read. They are made for anyone with any level of criminal knowledge to enjoy. I want to read his other novels now.
richardjewel More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the topics included in this book...I was floored to read about the methods utilized by the TacOps teams to secure information! I plan on checking about more Ronald Kessler books soon! Contains fascinating insight on "secrets" undercover until now! Thanks!
Beth2012 More than 1 year ago
I think Kessler does an excellent job of stating facts rather than making this book biased. You would never be able to tell it is a non-fiction novel by the way Kessler tells this story. He makes it easy to understand high-tech government operation and makes them sound interesting. It is rather informational, and touches the subject about a lot of topics. I like how he isn't afraid to bash the FBI. He tells the truth and isn't afraid of the information he gives.
spacecommuter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stop! If you have already read Kessler's "The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI" then DON'T buy this one! It completely revisits the same material - spying on Martin Luther King, the source of the false rumor that J. Edgar Hoover was a cross dresser, the ruminations over whether Hoover and his deputy were lovers, etc. etc. etc. This is at best a second edition of The Bureau and at worst a full-stop ripoff of readers. If there was a way for me to demand my money back for falsely advertising this book as original material, I would. As it is, I feel so cheated I may never pay money for a Ronald Kessler book again.His first chapter is new material - a highly entertaining look at the FBI section that wires up locations for eavesdropping - but one chapter does not justify a new book. It's pretty revealing that most reviews on Amazon single out chapter 1, as that's the only new material worth praising. The only other new material I saw was an I-told-you-so that Kessler had pegged Mark Felt as Deep Throat. But he doesn't even pause to re-tell the story of Deep Throat very well...and news articles at the time interviewed Kessler about Felt when Vanity Fair unmasked him, so close readers of of Woodward, Felt, Deep Throat and the FBI learn nothing new here. My recommendation: Read chapter one in the book store and then put it down and walk away!!!
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The secrets of the FBI is very well written book by Ronald Kessler. It gives you some inside on how they do various things to prevent major events from happening. The building that they test and research in Virginia is amazing and I would like to tour it someday. I do not understand why they never coordinated with the FBI and CIA on information through out the years.
787878BREHD More than 1 year ago
Learned a lot about FBI I didn't know before. Also some secrets that will surprise you when finished. Some very interesting people in this book and their careers with feds. Overall a very good book.
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