Enemies by Tim Weiner audiobook

Enemies: A History of the FBI

By Tim Weiner
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Random House Audio
18.55 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780307933942

“Turns the long history of the FBI into a story that is as compelling, and important, as today’s headlines.”—Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, New York Daily News, and Slate Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history. Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. The FBI has fought against terrorists, spies, anyone it deemed subversive—and sometimes American presidents. The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between protecting national security and infringing upon civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic. Praise for Enemies “Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes so deep into the Bureau’s skulduggery, readers will feel they are tapping the phones along with J. Edgar Hoover. This is a book that every American who cares about civil liberties should read.”—Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money “Outstanding.”The New York Times “Absorbing . . . a sweeping narrative that is all the more entertaining because it is so redolent with screw-ups and scandals.”Los Angeles Times “Fascinating.”The Wall Street Journal “Important and disturbing . . . with all the verve and coherence of a good spy thriller.”—The New York Times Book Review “Exciting and fast-paced.”The Daily Beast

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction

A 2012 Slate Magazine Best Book for Nonfiction

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, February 2012

“Turns the long history of the FBI into a story that is as compelling, and important, as today’s headlines.”—Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, New York Daily News, and Slate

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history.

Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. The FBI has fought against terrorists, spies, anyone it deemed subversive—and sometimes American presidents. The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between protecting national security and infringing upon civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic.

Praise for Enemies

“Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes so deep into the Bureau’s skulduggery, readers will feel they are tapping the phones along with J. Edgar Hoover. This is a book that every American who cares about civil liberties should read.”—Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money

“Outstanding.”The New York Times

“Absorbing . . . a sweeping narrative that is all the more entertaining because it is so redolent with screw-ups and scandals.”Los Angeles Times

“Fascinating.”The Wall Street Journal

“Important and disturbing . . . with all the verve and coherence of a good spy thriller.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Exciting and fast-paced.”The Daily Beast

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Tim Weiner’s Enemies is the most comprehensive history of the FBI as an intelligence agency we have ever had. Based on extensive research in previously unavailable materials, Weiner gives us a fresh way to think about J. Edgar Hoover, the many presidents he worked with, and the FBI as a national security agency. The book is also a cautionary tale that is essential reading for anyone concerned about American civil liberties. Robert Dallek, author of An Unfinished Life
“Important and disturbing…Wisely concentrating on the FBIs secret intelligence operations, Weiner lays bare a record of embarrassing, even stunning failure, in which the bureau’s lawlessness was matched only by its incompetence…Weiner…has done prodigious research, yet tells this depressing story with all the verve and coherence of a good spy thriller.” New York Times Book Review
Important and disturbing . . . with all the verve and coherence of a good spy thriller. The New York Times Book Review
Enemies is a research masterpiece. Picking through seventy thousand newly declassified documents and using on-the-record interviews, Weiner reveals startling new truths and debunks nagging old myths about the FBI. Enemies reads like a thriller, but don’t let the heart-pumping prose fool you. Weiner has written a scholarly tour de force that will be an instant classic for any serious student of American national security. Amy B. Zegart, Ph.D., Stanford University, author of Spying Blind
Pulitzer-Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes so deep into the Agency’s skullduggery, readers will feel they are tapping the phones along with J. Edgar Hoover. This is a book that every American who cares about civil liberties should read. Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money
Outstanding. The New York Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes so deep into the Bureau’s skulduggery, readers will feel they are tapping the phones along with J. Edgar Hoover. This is a book that every American who cares about civil liberties should read. Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money
“Turns the long history of the FBI into a story that is as compelling, and important, as today’s headlines. Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress
Exciting and fast-paced. The Daily Beast
Absorbing . . . a sweeping narrative that is all the more entertaining because it is so redolent with screw-ups and scandals. Los Angeles Times
Fascinating. The Wall Street Journal
“What makes Enemies so compelling is that it draws heavily on previously unavailable intelligence files…Weiner uses them, and previously unheard oral histories, to set the record straight about the bureau’s conduct both in times of war and in times of peace…Enemies is more than a definitive history of the FBI. Weiner…is really writing about the basic tension between civil liberties and national security in this country.” Washington Post
“Fast-paced, fair-minded, and fascinating, Tim Weiner’s Enemies turns the long history of the FBI into a story that is as compelling, and important, as today’s headlines.” Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath
“Absorbing…A sweeping narrative that is all the more entertaining because it is so redolent with screw-ups and scandals.” Los Angeles Times
“Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes so deep into the Bureau’s skullduggery, readers will feel they are tapping the phones along with J. Edgar Hoover. This is a book that every American who cares about civil liberties should read.” Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side
“Terrifically entertaining.” Boston Sunday Globe
“A history that moves at the pace of a James Ellroy novel. But Weiner’s truth is wilder even than Ellroy’s fiction…He offers no opinions, just facts.” Spectator
“Mr. Weiner’s work is grounded in assiduous research and is the more compelling for it…A compendium of juicy spy stories…Enemies is an exhaustive chronicle and a very good read.” Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating tale of the bureau’s successes and failures…An important and biting inquiry into an agency that protects Americans in a dangerous world while straining against the limitations we rightly impose on it.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Weiner has mastered the craft of the institutional history as well as any journalist, historian, or political scientist working in the English language.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“A thrilling experience and a superb book.” Time Out
“Drawing on newly declassified documents, this outstanding history lays bare almost all we can reasonably expect to know about the FBI…As illuminating about Washington politics as it is about the dark world of espionage and counterintelligence operations.” Sunday Times (London)
“An important, judicious account of the tension between national security and civil liberties.” Publishers Weekly
“Drawing on thousands of pages of recently declassified documents and oral histories, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Weiner…delivers an authoritative and often frightening history of what has been, in effect, America’s secret police…A sober, monumental and unflinchingly critical account of a problematic institution.” Kirkus Reviews
Enemies is a research masterpiece. Picking through seventy thousand newly declassified documents and using on-the-record interviews, Weiner reveals startling new truths and debunks nagging old myths about the FBI. Enemies reads like a thriller, but don’t let the heart-pumping prose fool you. Weiner has written a scholarly tour de force that will be an instant classic for any serious student of American national security.” Amy B. Zegart, PhD, author of Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Orgins of 9/11
“Tim Weiner’s Enemies is the most comprehensive history of the FBI as an intelligence agency we have ever had. Basing his text on extensive research in previously unavailable materials, Weiner gives us a fresh way to think about J. Edgar Hoover, the many presidents he worked with, and the FBI as a national security agency.” Robert Dallek, author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

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Author

Author Bio: Tim Weiner

Author Bio: Tim Weiner

Tim Weiner has covered American intelligence for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1988. He has traveled extensively to report first-hand on CIA covert operations and has lectured at the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency to audiences of senior officials.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 18.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English