MASTER OF DECEIT is a masterpiece of historical narrative, with the momentum of a thrilling novel and the historical detail of the best nonfiction This is as much about how history is written as it is about Hoover and his times Written with the authority of a fine writer with an inquiring mind, this dramatic story is history writing at its bestKirkus Reviews starred review Aronsons stimulating questions and his occasional use of first and second person, will wake up readers accustomed to less in your face historical narratives The book does an excellent job of creating parallels between Americas anticommunist efforts and the current fight against terrorism as it questions the price of security and the medias roles in keeping secrets Period photographs, movie posters, cartoons, and FBI documents supplement a biography abounding in historical contextPublishers Weekly starred review Relying on wide reading and vast research, Aronson paints a nuanced and evenhanded portrait of a man who was complicated, almost certainly neurotic, and who had an iron will to controlboth himself and others Thoroughly discussing the FBIs role in law enforcement, the McCarthy witch hunts and HUAC, campaigns against Dr King and civil rights, and comparing the egregious violations of individual rights and due process committed by the agency to the conduct of post containment and treatment of Arab Americans, this book is a must for high school studentsSchool Library Journal starred review The biography of an American villain, a history of America during the last century, and a meditation on what it means to be American in the present eraAronson delivers another provocative bookThe Horn BookThis biography is an unflinching portrait of an insecure, scheming zealot who conflated communism, civil rights, and the antiwar movement into a singular, immeasurable menace and dedicated himself to eradicating it Large black and white reproductions of photos, internal memos, and cultural artifacts document a troubled man on a mission Most compelling is the afterword, wherein the author expresses the challenges and fears he faced exposing the underbelly of the FBI under Hoover, making this both a gripping historical investigation and an instructive example of the researched communication of ideasBooklistBetween the photographs and documents, Aronson allows readers to pause and contemplate the viewpoint presented Even as he seamlessly connects political and social past and present, there is a stunning amount of detail In the age of multimedia, Aronson dutifully ties in movie titles and Internet sources to supplement specific incidents, constructing a richly researched biography highlighting a tumultuous period of American civil rightsVOYAMarc Aronson has written a powerful and thought provoking book His devastating, but nuanced portrait of the life and career of J Edgar Hoover captures the impact of the long term FBI director on American politics and thought His is a cautionary tale of the costs of secrecy and of the fears engendered by blind fears over hyped security threatsAthan Theoharis, professor emeritus at Marquette University, expert on J Edgar Hoover and the FBIMASTER OF DECEIT is simply outstanding Marc Aronson explores the intersection of personality and history in a way that not only records the times and events, but actually illuminates themWalker Dean Myers, a three time finalist for the National Book Award and author of MONSTER, winner of the first Michael L Printz AwardA powerful book that serves its title well Aronson untangles the complex history of a master J Edgar Hoover who created, manipulated, and guarded the nations truth This is an important book, not just for its subject matter but also for its approach Aronson skillfully shows that history isthan fact history is a location its where the reader positions himself or herself and what the masters do with the facts A riveting readSusan Campbell Bartoletti, author of HITLER YOUTH, a Newbery Honor Book and a Robert F Sibert Honor BookAronson chillingly recounts the extent to which many American lives were manipulated and ruinedThe Washington PostUsing posters, photographs, comics, and a rich text, Aronson delivers information about a tumultuous period of American history and one of its most powerful figuresThe Boston GlobeThis title is highly recommended, and might even prompt some passionate discussions among parents and their teensReading Today online International Reading AssociationA fascinating and timely biography of J Edgar Hoover from a Sibert Medalist King, there is only one thing left for you to do You know what it is You better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is bared to the nation Dr Martin Luther King received this demand in an anonymous letter inHe believed that the letter was telling him to commit suicide Who wrote this anonymous letter The FBI And the man behind it all was J Edgar Hoover, the FBI s first director In this unsparing exploration of one of the most powerful Americans of the twentieth century, accomplished historian Marc Aronson unmasks the man behind the Bureau his tangled family history and personal relationships his own need for secrecy, deceit, and control and the broad trends in American society that shaped his world Hoover may have given America the security it wanted, but the secrets he knew gave him and the Bureau all the power he wanted Using photographs, cartoons, movie posters, and FBI transcripts, Master of Deceit gives readers the necessary evidence to make their own conclusions Here is a book about the twentieth century that blazes with questions and insights about our choices in the twenty firstBack matter includes an epilogue, an authors note, source notes, a bibliography, and an index