Number of page: 560
Author: Tim Weiner
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780679643890
Category: History

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • New York Daily News • Slate“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   NATIONAL BESTSELLER   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 to conduct political warfare, and how the Bureau became the most powerful intelligence service the United States possesses.   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 national security and civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic.   Praise for Enemies“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

About The Author

Tim Weiner has won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting and writing on secret intelligence and national security. As a correspondent for The New York Times, he covered the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and other nations. Enemies is his fourth book. His Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA won the National Book Award and was acclaimed as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, Time, and many other publications. The Wall Street Journal called Betrayal “the best book ever written on a case of espionage.” He is now working on a history of the American military.


  • autumnturner76autumnturner76
    LibraryThing Review Another excellent book by Tim Weiner. I enjoyed his book on the CIA, Legacy of Ashes and I was not disappointed by his historical look at the FBI. Highly recommend.
  • CharlesSvecCharlesSvec
    LibraryThing Review I enjoyed reading this book about the “history” of the FBI. While well written, I’ve always been skeptical of these type of books providing a complete history of any governmental organization. Overall a good story.
  • cwellercweller
    LibraryThing Review This is the first time I’ve read about the history of the FBI. Tim Weiner had done a stunning job. The book focuses more on the intelligence side of the FBI as opposed to the crime fighting aspects
  • meacolemanmeacoleman
    LibraryThing Review Tim Weiner is a good researcher and writes a good, tight story. However, I couldn’t continue past the first 100 pages. I found that I hated G. Edgar Hoover so much that I didn’t care to find out what happened to him after WWII.
  • akreeseakreese
    LibraryThing Review While Enemies is incredibly informative about the history of the FBI, it was for the most part dense and dry. I worked very hard for every bit of the 200+ pages I read of this book. I will freely
  • LVassmerLVassmer
    LibraryThing Review Thank you Early Reviewers! I found this book to be highly informative and an interesting read into the history of the FBI. The book is obviously well researched and from page to page I found myself
  • bcquinnsmombcquinnsmom
    LibraryThing Review My many thanks to LibraryThing’s early reviewers program and to Random House for sending me a copy of this book. It is an eye-opening, well-researched and intelligently-constructed history of the FBI
  • 5hrdrive5hrdrive
    LibraryThing Review Perhaps it’s because I read this immediately after finishing Brethren (about the Supreme Court in the 1970’s) but I’m left wondering if anyone in government cares at all about the Constitution anymore
  • sherman1951sherman1951
    LibraryThing Review This book is both frightening and reassuring. It is frightening to know what the FBI has done it is almost 100 year history in the name of national security. The obsession, first with Communism, and