"J. Edgar Hoover: a graphic biography" by Rick Geary is another well-researched, beautifully drawn graphic novel. The book follows Hoover's life from birth to death, with emphasis on his career as a crime fighter. Geary's overview touches on some of the most important events in Hoover's long career, making the father of G-men as intriguing as any figure in American history. Insights into Hoover's emotional life are not gratuitous; Geary shows how his emotions fueled Hoover's behavior. Such behavior had lasting consequences in the realm of civil rights for specific individuals and for the American people.
Geary brings to light some historical events that were not included in my history education, but which illustrate the times, such as the Palmer Raids. Once again, Rick Geary's work has moved me to pursue a subject I did not know I was interested in. Using his included bibliography, I am now on a J. Edgar Hoover quest.
The following two books are included in Geary's bibliography:
"Freedom from fear : the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945" by David M. Kennedy
"Grand expectations : the United States, 1945-1974" by James T. Patterson.
Other items in our collection can be found in the catalog by searching J. Edgar Hoover.
--Julie C., Headquarters