A Comprehensive Reference Guide

by Athan G. Theoharis, ed., Tony G. Poveda, ed., Susan Rosenfeld, Richard Gid Powers, ed.

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Cover image for The FBI

November 1998


Pages 424
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General

From the Palmer Raids to the McCarthy era, to ABSCAM and Waco, the FBI has been enmeshed in controversy since its creation. It is also deeply woven into the fabric of our national identity and popular culture. The subject of countless movies, books, and television shows, we are fascinated by its mystique and drama. But how did the bureau that began with a modest 34 investigators in 1908 become the powerful force that it is today, employing over 12,000 agents across the country?

Table of Contents

IntroductionA Brief History of the FBI's Role and PowersNotable CasesControversies and IssuesFBI Oversight and Liaison RelationshipsThe Traditions and Culture of the FBIOrganization and Day-to-Day ActivitiesBuildings and Physical PlantThe FBI in American Popular CultureBiographiesChronology of Key EventsAnnotated BibliographyIndex



As its title claims, this work is comprehensive, with ten chapters by four scholars who have all contributed significantly to previous works about this fascinating agency ....lavishly illustrated....Highly recommended for all libraries.—Choice

This readable reference guide to the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not is visually appealing and packed with information. Highly recommended for all reference collections.—Library Journal

As a general reference source for university and law libraries, this book is a is full of useful facts and information and is liberally sprinkled with charts, graphs, and illustrations....Another useful feature is the detailed table of contents on each individual chapter title page. It would be invaluable for someone wanting to know more about the origins, history, and inner workings of this legendary law enforcement organization....Recommended as a reference book.—Journal of Government Information

Editor Theoharis and contributors Tony Proveda, Susan Rosenfeld, and Richard Powers provide a balanced look at this sometimes secretive agency....There is no other reference book that covers the FBI in such detail. This would be an extremely useful volume for high-school, public, and academic libraries.—Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin


Reference and User Services Association of the ALA (RUSA), Outstanding Reference

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