The Secrets of the FBI

Ronald Kessler, read by Michael Bybee. Random House Audio, , unabridged, seven CDs, 9 hrs., $35 ISBN 978-0-307-91425-5
Kessler’s exploration of the FBI provides a collection of revealing information, amusing anecdotes, and curious agency tactics. From its inception under J. Edgar Hoover to its restructuring after 9/11, the FBI has evolved, and this book explores both the good and bad aspects of the agency’s transformations. Some of Kessler’s revelations are already common knowledge (e.g., Hoover’s sexual tendencies), while other information (e.g., the FBI war on Chinese cyberespionage) may prove surprising to listeners. Michael Bybee’s deep, resonant narration easily captures listener attention, although his strong voice and authoritative style echo that of a government agent. More importantly, however, Bybee avoids judgment. His reading of Kessler’s work—as well as his rendition of quotations from a variety of sources—remains clear and impartial, which, considering the disturbing nature of some of the material, is all the more impressive. A Crown hardcover. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 09/26/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
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