Recommended Reading & Resources: Resistance | Intelligence agencies | Freedom of Information

Selected reading and resources by Betty Medsger, author of 

"The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI"


Aaronson, Trevor. The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. Brooklyn, NY: ig Publishing, 2013.

Ackerman, Kenneth D. Young J. Edgar: Hoover, The Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2007.

Berrigan, Daniel. American Is Hard to Find.Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1972.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Letters and Papers From Prison. New York: Collier Books, 1967.

Branford, James. A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies. New York: Doubleday, 2004. 

Carroll, James. An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us. Boston:Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

Chang, Nancy. Silencing Political Dissent. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2002.

Charns, Alexander. Cloak and Gavel: FBI Wiretaps, Bugs, Informers, and the Supreme Court. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992.

Churchill, Ward and Jim Vander Wall. The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret Wars Against Domestic Dissent. Bonton, 1990.

Cortright, David. Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance During The Vietnam War. Chicago, Illinois: Haymarket Books, 1975.

Davis, James Kirkpatrick. Spying on America: The FBI’s Domestic Counterintelligence Program. New York: Praeger, 1992.

Donner, Frank J. The Age of Surveillance: The Aims and Methods of America’s Political Intelligence System. New York: Vintage Books, 1980.

Feldman, Jay. Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America. New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.

Garrow, David J. The FBI and Martin Luther King Jr.: From “SOLO” to Memphis. New York. W. W. Norton & Company, 1981.

Gentry, Curt. J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1991.

Goldfarb, Ronald, Editor. After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.

Greenwald, Glenn. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. New York: Picador, 2014.

Halperin, Morton H., Jerry J. Berman, Robert L. Borosage, and Christine M. Marwick. The Lawless State: The Crimes of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies. New York: Penguin, 1976.

Holland, Max. Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat. Kansas: University of Kansas, 2012.

Keller, William W. The Liberals and J. Edgar Hoover: Rise and Fall of a Domestic Intelligence State. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1989.

Lichtblau, Eric. Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008.

Mackenzie, Angus with Weir, David. Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home. Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1997.

Medsger, Betty. The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. New York: Alfred AKnopf, 2014.

Mitchell, Marcia and Thomas.The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War. Sausalito: PoliPointPress, 2008.

Mitgang, Herbert. Dangerous Dossiers. New York: Primus Donald I. Fine Books, 1988.

Neier, Aryeh. Dossier: The Secret Files They Keep on You. New York: Stein & Day, 1975.

O’Grady, Jim, and Polner, Murray. Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. New York: Basic Books, 1997.

O’Reilly, Kenneth. Hoover and the Un-Americans: The FBI, HUAC, and the Red Menace. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1983.

O’Reilly, Kenneth. “Racial Matters”: The FBI’s Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972. New York: The Free Press, 1989.

Priest, Dana, and Arkin, William M. Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011.

Robertson, Edwin. The Shame and the Sacrifice: The Life and Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. New York: Collier Books, 1988.

Robins, Natalie. Alien Ink: The FBI’s War on Freedom of Expression. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1992.

Rosenfeld, Seth. Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.

Schott, Joseph L.No Left Turns. New York: Ballantine Books, 1975.

Schrecker, Ellen. No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Schwarz Jr., Frederick A.O. and Huq, Aziz Z.Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror. New York: The New Press, Brennan Center for Justice, 2007.

Theoharis, Athan G. Abuse of Power: How Cold War Surveillance and Secrecy Policy Shaped The Response to 9/11. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011.

Ungar, Sanford J. FBI. Boston: An Atlantic Monthly Press Book, Little, Brown and Company, 1975.

Watters, Pat and Gillers, Stephen, editors. Investigating the FBI. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1973.

Welch, Neil J. and David W. Marston. Inside Hoover’s FBI: The Top Field Chief Reports. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1984.

Wise, David. The American Police State: The Government Against the People. New York: Random House, 1976.

------ Peace in Vietnam: A New Approach in Southeast Asia, A Report Prepared for the American Friends Service Committee. New York: Hill and Wang, 1966.

Articles, Documents

Cook, Fred J., “On Being an Enemy of the F.B.I.,” The Nation, March 22, 1986.

Donner, Frank, “A Special Supplement: The Theory and Practice of American Political Intelligence,” The New York Review of Books, April 22, 1971.

Gertner, Judge Nancy, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Peter J. Limone, et. al., Plaintiffs, v. United States of America, Defendant, Civ. Action No. 02cv10890-NG, Memorandum and Order Re: Bench Trial, pp. 1-223. July 26, 2007.

Goodman, Amy and Gonzalez, Juan, “Jennifer Dohrn: I Was the Target of Illegal FBI Break-ins Ordered by Mark Felt aka ‘Deep Throat,’” Democracy Now, June 2, 2005.

Helms, Richard, “An Address by Richard Helms, Director of Central Intelligence Agency,” American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 14, 1971.

Hersh, Seymour M., “Huge C.I.A. Operation Reported in U.S. Against Antiwar Forces, Other Dissidents in Nixon Years, Files on Citizens: Helms Reportedly Got Suveillance Data in Charter Violation,” The New York Times, December 22, 1974.

Jalon, Allan M., “A Break-in to End All Break-ins,” The Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2006.

Jalon, Allan M., “A Faulty Tip, a Ruined Life and Hindsight,” The Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2002.

Medsger, Betty, “Stolen Documents Describe FBI Surveillance Activities,” The Washington Post, March 24, 1971.

Rowley, Coleen, “Full Text of F.B.I. Agent’s Letter to Director Mueller,” The New York Times, March 5, 2003.

Serrano, Richard A., “An FBI Director With a Grudge,” The Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2011.

Silberman, Laurence H., “Hoover’s Institution,” The Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2005.

Theoharis, Athan G., The FBI and the American Legion Contact Program, 1940-1966,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 100, Number 2, Summer 1985.

Wicker, Tom, The Goat and the Cabbage Patch,” The New York Times, March 11, 1971.

Wicker, Tom, What Have They Done Since They Shot Dillinger? The New York Times, December 28, 1969.

Williams, David, “ They Never Stopped Watching Us’: FBI Political Surveillance, 1924-1936,” UCLA Historical Review, 1981.

--------“F.B.I. Kept Secret File on the Supreme Court,” The New York Times, August 21, 1988.

-------- “FBI Admits Spreading Lies About Jean Seberg,” The Los Angeles Times, September 14, 1979.

------ “Policies of Paranoia,” The New York Times, March 29, 1971.

-------- The Complete Collection of Political Documents Ripped-Off From The F.B.I. Office in Media, PAMarch 8, 1971,” Win Magazine, March 1972.

-------- What Is the FBI Up To?” editorial, Washington Post, March 25, 1971.

Articles about The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI by Betty Medsger and “1971,” the documentary by Johanna Hamilton about the Media, PA FBI office burglary

Castro, Barbara, Tribeca Film Festival 2014: 1971 Details the Break-In That Exposed Hoover’s Secret FBI,” The WIP Talk, May 7, 2014.

Garrow, David J., “Review – The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” The Washington Post, January 23, 2014.

Goldman, Adam, “Band of Activists Who Burglarized FBI Office in 1971 Come Forward,” The Washington Post, January 7, 2014.

Holden, Stephen, “In ‘1971,’ Stolen Files Reveal Spying on Antiwar Activists,” The New York Times, February 5, 2015.

Mazzetti, Mark, “Burglars Who Took on F.B.I. Abandon Shadows,” The New York Times, January 7, 2014. Medsger, Betty, “Remembering an Earlier Time When a Theft Unmasked Government Surveillance,” Washington Post, January 10, 2014.

Medsger, Betty, “Just Being Black Was Enough to Get Yourself Spied on by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI,” The Nation, January 22, 2014.

Medsger, Betty, “Breaking 43 Years of Silence, the Last FBI Burglar Tells the Story of Her Years in the Underground,” The Nation, October 6, 2014.

Oshinsky, David, “Breaking In,” The New York Times Sunday Book Review, January 31, 2014.

Rea, Steven, “ ‘1971’” Doc on Burglary at FBI Office in Media,” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 6, 2015.

Rosenfeld, Seth, Review – The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI,” The San Francisco Chronicle, January 10, 2014.

Staples, Brent, “A Flashback to the Reign of J. Edgar Hoover,” The New York Times, January 12, 2014

Talbot, Margaret, “Opened Files,” The New Yorker, January 20, 2014.

Turan, Kenneth, “ ‘1971’ Recalls Burglary That Birthed America’s ‘Big Brother,’” The Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2015.

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