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J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century
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Mar 08, 2023ismillie rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
At 732 pages of closely-packed smallish print, this is one of those huge biographies that you begin to regret after making no progress for days and then, eventually, can’t put down, even when the library hounds you to bring it back. Gage doesn’t much like Hoover but gives him praise where it’s due—for example his opposition to Japanese internment during WWII. As the title suggests, it’s about a lot more than Hoover, whose quotidian life was shrouded and largely uneventful. His 50 years at the FBI, however, spans a huge swathe of social and political change, and for good or ill he was central to much of it. Gage, a professor of American history at Yale, tells the Hoover and American stories well.