Friday Reads: FBI

fridayreadstnailIt doesn’t get much more topical than this. The FBI has been a source of fascination since its start in 1908. Famous and infamous, the FBI has a long history that’s been documented by meticulously researched books by David Grann, Ronald Kessler, and Bryan Burrough, among many others. Below is a short list of highlighted titles covering the FBI, its most famous cases, and the little-known stories long lost to history.

9780143107972_ea893DAYS OF RAGE by Bryan Burrough

From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970s.



9780385534246_0b8dcKILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann

In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.


9781623545222_3c4baUNDERCOVER GIRL by Lisa E. Davis

Undercover Girl is both a new chapter in Cold War history and an intimate look at the relationship between the FBI and one of its paid informants. Ambitious and sometimes ruthless, Calomiris defied convention in her quest for celebrity.



9780307719706_3bde8THE SECRETS OF THE FBI by Ronald Kessler

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.



9781592409006_7030cTHE SPY WHO COULDN’T SPELL by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

The thrilling, true-life account of the FBI’s hunt for the ingenious traitor Brian Regan—known as the Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.

Before Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.


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Posted: May 19, 2017