Read Hoover's FBI by Cartha "Deke" Deloach Online


To challenge the misinterpretations, distortions, and untruths that have appeared in biographies of J. Edgar Hoover, DeLoach--the number three man in the FBI throughout the tumultuous '60s--has written a precise, highly readable narrative that should set the record straight once and for all. Photos....

Title : Hoover's FBI
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ISBN : 9780895264794
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 440 Pages
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Hoover's FBI Reviews

  • Michael
    2019-03-12 16:16

    I listened to the audio version of this book and it was very good. It contains some interesting FBI cases that I didn't know about as well as the large ones. It gives a good history and a counter point to all the anti-Hoover people out there. Read and learn both sides then decide the truth for yourself.

  • Diana Long
    2019-03-16 15:38

    For the most part I found this work informative, educational, historic and a glimpse into the workings of a necessary part of the government, especially in the age we live in. It might also be a biography of J. Edgar Hoover and autobiography of the third top most important person in the bureau, the author. The part that seemed redundant was the author's obsession of defending the integrity of Hoover, we get it....I doubt that anyone believes everything they read. I don't care if Hoover was or was not a homosexual or cross-dresser, it's none of my business and has nothing what so ever to do with the job. The second problem I had was with the personal sections that related to the investigations of J. F. K and Eleanor Roosevelt, in the last section he admits they were “orally” given and are just as must hearsay as items relating to Hoover. It seems a bit of a contradiction to denounce one but accept the others. It is just my personal opinion and that's what a review is. There is absolutely a great deal of information from this book that I was not aware of and astounded by, I grew up in the 1960's and must have had my head under a rock. I do recommend this read for those that desire to know what is and what is not the function of this department of government, we may not like the FBI but it is relevant just as much as the CIA.

  • C Lasseter
    2019-03-03 16:33

    I'm reading this for an FBI Citizens' Academy I'm taking part in. I'm so glad I picked it up. It details the investigation into the murder of JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, the investigation into Jack Ruby, the murder of MLK, the hunt for James Earl Ray, etc. I wasn't even born when these events occurred, but it's fascinating to read about the day-to-day problems they encountered and the discoveries they made.

  • Dan Evans
    2019-03-27 09:41

    Exposes the FBI as a pompous, overbearing organization. Hoover is a minor character compared to the author the rest of the government are underlings and fools. Like fish, when one person stays around too long they make the whole place smell.

  • Denise
    2019-03-25 11:15

    This book was written not to tell us anything, but to refute other books. It was the most pompous and bigoted book I've read since Tebow's.

  • Tom
    2019-03-21 13:13

    This was facinating...since I lived it. A great deal of details and insight thst I never knew.

  • SeaShore
    2019-03-11 16:37

    Five-star; I learned lots from this book and would recommend it. It was just good timing for me; finally wanted to learn about this man, (born 1 January 1895, died 2 May 1972). As I read, I made note that, it doesn't matter in what century you live, there will be controversy and when a person lives in the public life, besides the media, everyone is on your case. It all does not matter, just live. Hoover lived a full life and totally committed; Deloach's tells of his 28 years with the FBI, retiring at age 50 and died at age 92 in 2013. This book was an inspiration. It was well written.

  • Converse
    2019-03-16 10:22

    I have mixed feelings about this memoir and history by a man who was the third highest ranking official in the FBI for about 10-15 years towards the end of John Edgar Hoover's time in office, retiring a year or two before Hoover died. DeLoach joined the FBI in the early 1940s after completing college and part of law school at Stetson University. Initially his lack of a law degree kept him in the lowly rank of clerk, but eventually he was able to convince someone to let him become an agent. Except for a couple years in the Navy during the later part of the Second World War (ironically he was assigned to a base in Oklahoma) he worked at the FBI until his retirement. He then became an executive with Pepsi.As he was a high ranking official during the 1960s, he has much of interest to say about the Kennedy assissination, the electronic eaves-dropping on Martin Luther King, the FBI's operations against the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi after the murder of three civil rights activists,operations against the New Left, and the murder of Martin Luther King. He also writes about the debate regarding Hoover's sexual preferences and Hoover's relationship with his long time second in command and out of office companion, Clyde Tolson. Towards the end of the book he discusses the FBI's actions against organized crime, or the lack there of. I fuound his extensive sections on the the two assassinations and on the Klan of particular interest. The views he expresses are not exactly unexpected; no conspiracies here, nor much that either unlawful or unseemly.He explains the eaves-dropping on King as a result of the Communist Party affiliations of some of King's advisors, in particular Stanley Levison. He justifies Hoover's suspiciona that King was a fellow traveler (DeLoach says there was no evidence that King was a member of the Communist Party) by pointing to King's turn towards economic issues and opposition to the Vietnam War after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. While conceding that Hoover and King had gotten into an ill-advised public feud over the FBI's alleged lack of protection for civil rights activists, and that Hoover was a man of tremendous vanity who took aspersions on his institutional self seriously, DeLoach says that prejudice had nothing to do with Hoover's actions with regard to King.DeLoach denies that Hoover had any secret files that he used for blackmail, in part by implying that since other people besides Hoover could see the confidential files kept in Hoover's office, they must obviously have not been secret! DeLoach states that files on individuals were moved into the confidential files if they became public figures (elected to Congress, etc.) and that the purpose of the separate filing system was to prevent people from leaking information about public figures.Deloach implies that the dubious acts by the FBI were the result of orders by higher ups, such as Robert Kennedy's love of bugging, and some dubious demands of President Johnson.Some of the book is amusing. I would not have liked to have been in DeLoach's position as the liaison between the White House and Hoover during the Johnson administration, trying to simultaneously please two suspicious autocrats. Overall, I wasn't convinced that the FBI during Hoover's time in office was the impeccably squeaky clean organization protrayed by DeLoach. I also had the suspicion that DeLoach would view anyone who found much wrong with the United States as a doubtful character. I can't help but notice that even if some of King's advisors had communist affiliations, they actually did something to end legal segregation, while the perfectly law-abiding stood by. While I find it quite plausible that many politicians tried to get the FBI to do their own dty work, I find it hard to believe that Hoover never ever used the information the FBI collected to settle scores, or to use as blackmail. I also find it hard to believe that every act of survelliance was requested by the attorney general rather than initiated by Hoover, or that they were almost universally justifiable in preventing subversion or (in those days home-grown) terrorism.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-16 16:21

    This is was one of the most fascinating books I've listened to yet. I love non-fiction history and this book is one of the best I’ve listened to yet in that category. Deke LaRoach was part of some of the biggest cases the FBI was involved in for 30 years so he's in the know.But more interesting is how he claims that all the stories about J. Edgar Hoover’s homosexually are nothing but heresy, rumors and people on the left who in the 60’s were doing everything possible to smear his name and the FBI’s. The recent movie made about his life is a sad characterization of what he really was like.The story that surfaced about his homosexually was leveled by a woman who had didn’t like Hoover and had an axe to grind. She was a serial lair who committed perjury and her claim though untrue became true because the Liberals of the 60’s wanted to destroy him.This book deals with many of the hot cases the FBI had to deal with in the 60’s. The book covers the JFK, RFK and MLK assignations, Mississippi Burning, the Civil Rights movement and more. If you’re a child of the 60’s and want the real truth about what when on behind the scenes at the FBI this is a must read book. It goes into great detail to dispel all the myths hatched by the left.

  • Tom Stamper
    2019-03-19 17:26

    DeLoach was the number 3 man at the FBI during the 1960s. DeLoach was a loyal Hoover man and the book seems to therefore be a means to refute so many of the rumors, allegations, and criticisms of Hoover since his death. I can't really recall any substantial criticism of the FBI chief by DeLoach. For what it's worth DeLoach was also personally close to LBJ and that more or less brought his FBI ambitions to an end when Nixon became president.

  • Bookworm
    2019-03-13 12:14

    Cartha Deloach was either very stupid or a fascist and a racist. This piece of trash was so bad it was hard to read. He claims J Edgar Hoover was not gay, or a crossdresser and not Tolsons butt buddie, but he believes Dr Martin Luther King had bisexual group sex orgies in hotel rooms. The people who opposed the racism in the US in the 60th were according to Deloach either adventure seekers or communists. Cartha Deloach was a horrible person and it is sad this book was ever published.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-23 11:14

    A good decent read if you like knowing the inside story of ones life on the inside with the US President and the head of the FBI. Discusses the extent the FBI will go to keep all the good guys in and the bad guys get kicked out. There's no room for a tarnished reputation here.

  • Tom Pittman viii
    2019-03-17 16:29

    You can expect a certain level of subjectivity wen reading a book about a mans life work, I found I could stomach this book though, this biography picks and chooses which events to talk about and explains bureau policies dishonestly.

  • Fred Botsford
    2019-03-25 12:33

    This story gave an insight into the FBI during the Hoover Years from Deke's perspective. It was interesting and enlightening. I will find additional stories to add more detail to some of the information.

  • Marina Ray
    2019-03-22 11:17

    Awesome book. Highly recommend. It is obviously biased as all accounts are, but extremely informative about specific cases in history during the Hoover administration and the no. 3 in the FBI who wrote this definitely is a genius.

  • Dion
    2019-03-11 13:17

    Interesting story of one man's FBI career, not objective, but an interesting memoir. Not really about Hoover, although he spends a couple of chapters defending Hoover and denying that he was a gay man.

  • Jennifer Boston
    2019-03-17 13:30

    Hard to listen to, probably better as a read instead of an audio book

  • Kate
    2019-02-25 15:16

    Very interesting inside view from reputable source about Hoover's FBI

  • Wai-kit Ng
    2019-03-05 14:23

    Now I know more about the FBI than I think I really need to. But an interesting account of FBI under J. Edgar Hoover.

  • Jean
    2019-03-17 13:29

    Some interesting tidbits but it was too much of defending himself and defending the FBI. It lost my interest when I found myself deep in another book.