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 The FBI is involved in almost every aspect of American life. From Watergate to Waco, from congressional scandals to the takedown of Osama bin Laden, from Vince Foster’s death to the swap of Russian spies, The Secrets of the FBI presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time.

 

 THE SECRETS OF THE FBI

By Ronald Kessler

 

Based on his unparalleled access to hundreds of current and former FBI agents, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler delivers a treasure trove of revelations in THE SECRETS OF THE FBI (Crown Publishers, on sale August 2, 2011).

 Kessler discloses J. Edgar Hoover’s sexual orientation, what triggered Vince Foster’s suicide, what preceded Marilyn Monroe’s death, and the real story of how the FBI caught spy Robert Hanssen in its midst.

 Kessler goes behind the scenes at the FBI Laboratory and training center and presents an exclusive interview with FBI director Robert S. Mueller. For the first time, he reveals how agents break into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught and shot as burglars. The narrative culminates with the inside story of the FBI’s involvement in the raid on bin Laden’s compound.

 THE SECRETS OF THE FBI discloses the FBI’s most closely guarded secrets and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations. The book reveals:

 • Robert F. Kennedy secretly borrowed the personal car of the FBI agent in charge of the Los Angeles field office to visit Marilyn Monroe just before she took her own life.

• FBI agents determined that an encounter with Hillary Clinton triggered Vince Foster’s suicide a week later.

• Russia tried to include convicted spies Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames in the swap of Russian spies arrested by the FBI and tried to contact Ames in prison.

• After he was killed, the FBI could not match Osama bin Laden’s fingerprints.

• Contrary to the portrayal in the movie Breach, it was FBI agent Mike Rochford who uncovered fellow agent Robert Hanssen as a spy.

• FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had a spousal relationship with his deputy, Clyde Tolson.

• What the FBI thinks about President Obama, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.

• When planting bugs in the homes and offices of Mafia figures, spies, and terrorists, FBI agents tranquilize dogs, stage fake traffic accidents, and instruct police to stop occupants who try to return.

 When it comes to developing access to top players, uncovering secrets, and writing a vivid tale, Ronald Kessler is without peer. As he did in his New York Times bestseller In the President’s Secret Service, Kessler penetrated a wall of secrecy to write a book that is powerful and compelling.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen nonfiction books, including In the President’s Secret Service, The Terrorist Watch, Inside the White House, and The CIA at War. A former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, Kessler has won seventeen journalism awards. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife, Pamela.

 

THE SECRETS OF THE FBI

By Ronald Kessler

 Published by Crown Publishers

 On sale: August 2, 2011

 Price: $26.00 * Hardcover * ISBN: 978-0-307-71969-0

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