The FBI has a reputation as America's incorruptible police force.
Yet in his new book Enemies: A History of the FBI, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner shows that secret intelligence is the Bureau's first and foremost mission.
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Weiner reveals how presidents have used the FBI to conduct political warfare, and how the Bureau became the most powerful intelligence service the United States possesses. Of particular interest to a Kansas City audience is a substantial section of the book chronicling president Harry S. Truman's relationship with J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI.
Enemies, the first definitive history of the FBI's secret intelligence operations, examines America's hundred-year war on terror. The FBI has fought terrorists, spies, and anyone it deemed subversive - including American presidents.
In doing so the Bureau's secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between national security and civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free society.
As a correspondent for The New York Times, Tim Weiner covered the Central Intelligence Agency and terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, winning a Pulitzer for his reporting. His Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA won the National Book Award. He is also the author of Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy and Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.