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The Burglary

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The Burglary

The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

By Betty L. Medsger

Vintage, Paperback, 9780804173667, 608pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

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Description

In late 1970, a mild-mannered Haverford College physics professor privately asked a few people this question: What do you think of burglarizing an FBI office? In remarkable detail and with astonishing depth of research, Betty Medsger reveals the never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the Media, Pennsylvania, FBI offices. Through their exploits, a group of unlikely activists exposed the shocking truth that J. Edgar Hoover was operating a shadow Bureau engaged in illegal surveillance and harassment of the American people.
The Burglary brings the activists, who have kept their secret for forty-three years, into the public eye for the first time including, new to this edition, the recent discovery of the eighth and final member of the team. The burglars story of personal sacrifice and civil disobedience is a vital episode in the American whistle-blower tradition that includes the Pentagon Papers, Watergate's Deep Throat, and, most recently, Edward Snowden and the NSA.



About the Author
Betty Medsger first wrote about the Media files as a reporter at The Washington Post in 1971. She is a founding member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and founder of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University, where she was chair of the Department of Journalism. She is the author of Women at Work, Framed: The New Right Attack of Chief Justice Rose Bird and the Courts and Winds of Change: Changes Confronting Journalism Education. She lives in New York with her husband, John T. Racanelli.
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