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Official and Confidential


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The sensational and definitive account of the life of J Edgar Hoover, America's most celebrated FBI Director, who is now the subject of the J Edgar movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio

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Anthony Summers is a writer, journalist and television producer . After education at Oxford University, he began his career in television with Granada TV's 'World in Action' investigative current affairs program. He moved on to the BBC, traveling worldwide and becoming a Deputy Editor of the flagship 'Panorama' program. Coverage for the BBC included the Vietnam War and the Middle East conflict, and - extensively - the United States, notably the Martin Luther King assassination and Robert Kennedy's presidential bid. He is the bestselling author of The File on the Tsar (1976), The Kennedy Conspiracy (1980), Goddess- The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe (1985), Honeytrap (1987), Not in Your Lifetime- The definitive book on the J.F.K. Assassination (1998), The Arrogance of Power- The Secret World of Richard Nixon (1998), Sinatra- The Life (2005) and The Eleventh Day- The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden (2011). Anthony lives in Ireland with his wife and three children.


I read Official and Confidential with mounting horror, fascination, revulsion... Enthralling -- Paul Theroux
Summers' book is not just a history of a single hero-sized hypocrite, it is a history of a vast national delusion -- Hilary Mantel * Spectator *
The exposure we have been waiting for these last forty years -- Norman Mailer
Garbage... Innuendo, lies -- Cartha DeLoach, former close aide to Hoover
The book is more exciting, and more damning, than the film...This is bold, excoriating, unmissable stuff. * Independent on Sunday *

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