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The origins of FBI counterintelligence, Raymond J. Batvinis

Label
The origins of FBI counterintelligence
Title
The origins of FBI counterintelligence
Statement of responsibility
Raymond J. Batvinis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As the world prepared for war in the 1930s, the United States discovered that it faced the real threat of foreign spies stealing military and industrial secrets--and that it had no established means to combat them. Into that breach stepped J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI. Although the FBI's expanded role in World War II has been well documented, few have examined the crucial period before Pearl Harbor when the Bureau's powers secretly expanded to face the developing international emergency. Former FBI agent Raymond Batvinis now tells how the Bureau grew from a small law enforcement unit into America's first organized counter-espionage and counterintelligence service. Batvinis examines the FBI's emerging new roles during the two decades leading up to America's entry into World War II to show how it cooperated and competed with other federal agencies. He takes readers behind the scenes, as the State Department and Hoover fought fiercely over the control of counterintelligence, and tells how the agency combined its crime-fighting expertise with its new wiretapping authority to spy on foreign agents. Based on newly declassified documents and interviews with former agents, Batvinis's account reconstructs and greatly expands our understanding of the FBI's achievements and failures during this period. Among these were the Bureau's mishandling of the 1938 Rumrich/Griebl spy case, which Hoover slyly used to broaden his agency's powers; its cracking of the Duquesne Espionage Case in 1941, which enabled Hoover to boost public and congressional support to new heights; and its failure to understand the value of Soviet agent Walter Krivitsky, which slowed Bureau efforts to combat Soviet espionage inAmerica. In addition, Batvinis offers a new view of the relationship between the FBI and the military, cites the crucial contributions of British intelligence to the FBI's counter-intelligence education, and reveals the agency's ultra-secret role in mining financial records for the Treasury Department. He also reviews the early days of the top-secret Special Intelligence Service, which quietly dispatched FBI agents posing as businessmen to South America to spy on their governments. With an insider's knowledge and a storyteller's skill, Batvinis provides a pageturning history narrative that greatly revises our views of the FBI--and also resonates powerfully with our own post-9/11 world
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Batvinis, Raymond J
Dewey number
327.1273009
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8144.F43
LC item number
B48 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modern war studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Intelligence service
  • United States
Label
The origins of FBI counterintelligence, Raymond J. Batvinis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-317) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Rumrich -- A look back -- Controversy and confusion -- Interdepartmental intelligence conference -- Following the money -- Wires and bugs -- Opportunities missed -- Special overseas assignments -- British security coordination -- Special intelligence service -- Ducase -- Appendix A: Sebold's list of Abwehr requirements -- Appendix B: Duquesne ring conspirators -- Appendix C: Unindicted Duquesne ring coconspirators -- Appendix D: Sentences of the Duquesne ring conspirators -- Appendix E: Expenditures for special intelligence service operations, July 2, 1940-June 30, 1947
Control code
73993582
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 332 pages
Isbn
9780700614950
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006034427
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)73993582
Label
The origins of FBI counterintelligence, Raymond J. Batvinis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-317) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Rumrich -- A look back -- Controversy and confusion -- Interdepartmental intelligence conference -- Following the money -- Wires and bugs -- Opportunities missed -- Special overseas assignments -- British security coordination -- Special intelligence service -- Ducase -- Appendix A: Sebold's list of Abwehr requirements -- Appendix B: Duquesne ring conspirators -- Appendix C: Unindicted Duquesne ring coconspirators -- Appendix D: Sentences of the Duquesne ring conspirators -- Appendix E: Expenditures for special intelligence service operations, July 2, 1940-June 30, 1947
Control code
73993582
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 332 pages
Isbn
9780700614950
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006034427
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)73993582

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