Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Six Minutes to Freedom or FBI 100 Years

Six Minutes to Freedom

Author: Kurt Mus

Dear President Bush,

My name is Kimberly Anne Muse. I am writing this letter not for me but for my father, Kurt Frederick Muse. As you should know by now, he is a political prisoner in Panama. .

Born in the United States and raised in Panama, Kurt Muse grew up with a deep love for his adopted country. But the crushing regime of General Manuel Noriega in the late 1980s threatened his, and a nation's, freedom. A nightmare of murder and unexplained disappearances compelled Kurt and a few trusted friends to begin a clandestine radio campaign, urging the people of Panama to rise up for their basic human rights.

Six Minutes to Freedom is the remarkable tale of Kurt Muse's arrest and harrowing months of imprisonment; his eyewitness accounts of torture; and the plight of his family as they fled for their lives. It is also the heart—pounding account of the only American civilian ever rescued by the elite Delta Force. Timelier than ever, this is a thrilling and highly personal narrative about one man's courage and dedication to his beliefs.

"A cliffhanger drama of survival against all odds."
—Jeffery Deaver

"A dramatic portrayal of idealism, courage, integrity, and fortitude."
—John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

"A must—read for anyone interested in how Delta Force operates."
—John Weisman

"Harrowing, entertaining, inspiring, and very, very readable."
—Col. Lee A. Van Arsdale, U. S. Army Special Forces (Ret)

"A thrilling chronicle that puts a human face on unspeakable actions."
—Continental magazine

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FBI 100 Years

Author: Henry M Holden

FBI 100 YEARS: AN UNOFFICIAL HISTORY covers them all: the spies and saboteurs, the revolutionaries and fugitives, the mob bosses, gangsters, and petty criminals with colorful nicknames and big-time aspirations, the public and private life of J. Edgar Hoover as well as his now notorious secret files, the Hollywood blacklists, the political assassinations, Ruby Ridge, Waco, and domestic surveillance in post-9/11 America.

Henry M. Holden, author of To Be an FBI Special Agent, traces the history of Federal Bureau of Investigation, the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice, including its power, notable cases, and controversies through the years.

The dramatic story told in FBI 100 YEARS: AN UNOFFICIAL HISTORY also includes how the FBI reacted to the Red Scare of the 1950s and civil unrest in the 1960s, and does not shy away from examining some of the more controversial tactics and surveillance methods used by the Bureau over its century of crime fighting. Author Henry M. Holden explores dozens of categories of criminal activities that fall under its broad investigative authority, and takes a look at the FBI in American popular culture.

• Teddy Roosevelt's trust-busting detective force
• Gangbusters and spybusters
• J. Edgar Hoover's secret files
• Blacklists, blackmail, and McCarthyism
• Civil rights and political unrest in the 1960s
• Bringing down the syndicate: investigating organized crime
• Ruby Ridge, Waco, and other disasters
• Domestic surveillance and wiretapping

Daniel K. Blewett - Library Journal

In anticipation of the FBI's centennial this summer, prolific author and law enforcement veteran Holden (To Be an FBI Special Agent) has produced a work for general readers on the ever interesting and controversial history of this primary investigative agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The book may be defined as an unofficial history, but Holden was granted access to current agents and to the FBI's photo archive to produce a work profusely illustrated with about 300 photographs of equipment, FBI activities, and agents and criminals in action, all of which will fascinate. Chapters cover the early years when Teddy Roosevelt was President, J. Edgar Hoover's long tenure as director, his role in blacklistings and McCarthyism, the pursuit of organized crime, spies, the use of domestic surveillance, and standoffs gone bad. Some of the popular touches include movie posters and comic strips. The book includes all of the FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" lists and ends with a list of the 51 special agents who died in service, a brief chronology, and definitions of acronyms and abbreviations. Those looking for more critical discussion of the bureau may want to examine Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones's The FBI: A History, but this book will have appeal in both public libraries and specialized collections.

Table of Contents:
1. The "Wild West" Years: Teddy's Trust-busting Detective Force
2. J. Edgar Hoover: The Man with the Secrets
3. Gangbusters
4. Blacklists, Blackmail, and McCarthyism
5. Civil Rights, the KKK, and Political Unrest
6. Bringing Down the Syndicate: Investigating Organized Crime and Political Miscreants
7. Spybusters
8. Standoffs Gone Bad: Confronting Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Other Disasters
9. Sneak and Peak: Domestic Surveillance and Wiretapping

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