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Hard to decide what's fact vs. fiction in this nonfiction biography
on March 3, 2015
Couldn't get through this. Between the author referring to his subject as "Edgar" (a big no-no for biographers, according to my high school history teacher) and the salacious accusations that ooze from every page (Bobby Kennedy was involved in the murder of Marilyn Monroe?), I couldn't take it seriously. When you find yourself wondering after every sentence whether that particular fact is true, it's time to find a new nonfiction book. It's too bad, because Hoover was an exceptionally powerful and controversial figure, and it would be interesting to know more about his life. Some day I'll try to track down a better biography.