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My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror

Author: Louis J. Freeh  

List Price: $26.95

Pages: 352

Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 11, 2005)

Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches

ISBN: 0312321899    


    | Book description |


Louis Freeh led the Federal Bureau of Investigation1 from 1993 to 2001, through some of the most tumultuous times in its long history. This is the story of a life in law enforcement, and of one man's determined2 struggle to strengthen and reform the FBI while ensuring its freedom from political interference.

Bill Clinton called Freeh a "law enforcement legend" when he nominated him as FBI Director. The good feelings would not last. Going toe-to-toe with his boss during the scandal-plagued '90s, Freeh fought hard to defend his agency from political interference and to protect America from the growing threat of international terrorism. When Clinton later called that appointment the worst one he had made as president, Freeh considered it "a badge of honor."

This is Freeh's entire story, from his Catholic upbringing in New
Jersey3 to law school, the FBI training academy, his career as a US District attorney and as a federal judge, and finally his eight years as the nation's top cop. This is the definitive4 account of American law enforcement in the run-up to September 11. Freeh is clear-eyed, frank, the ultimate realist, and he offers resolute5 vision for the struggles ahead.

Book review

My FBI was an intresting read for me. It provided a another side to the story we've heard thousands of times from the media and other politicians. Freeh provides insight into the workings of the FBI and how it has struggled against not only criminals and terrorist but also from within our own goverment.

Throughtout the book, he consistenly tells us about the many difficulties the FBI faces as it head into the 22nd Century. The lack of adequate technology to combat todays computer and online crimes, and the insufficient6 funding and main power to fight an efficeint war against terrorist. It seems as if Freeh is trying one last attempt to get the Public to pressure Congress to make the FBI into an up-to-date, fully7 manned crime/terrorist fighting agency.

Freeh gives short little reviews of many of the huge cases that the FBI dealt with during his term. I do think that he spent too much time about Clinton and the investigation about him. Not saying that Clinton was a perfect man, but he slams down too much on him when he could be writing about more important topics. Freeh also blames a lot of the problems he and the FBI faced on other people and groups. Freeh wasn't perfect and niether was Congress or the President, so Freeh shouldn't have put so much blame for his problems on them.

Another things that was a problem in My FBI was the story was rather scattered8. He starts off with the attack in Saudi Arabia then moves to his childhood and jumps around like that. It makes the book hard to follow sometimes and awkwards in places.

Overall, this was a good memoir9 of Louis Freeh and the time he spent as director of the FBI. A lot of good actions happened during his time and some negative events also happened. Freeh took the FBI through a lot of change and came out the better for it.

Author introduction

LOUIS J. FREEH served as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 2001. He now is senior vice10 chairman of MBNA.



1 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
2 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
3 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
4 definitive YxSxF     
  • This book is the definitive guide to world cuisine.这本书是世界美食的权威指南。
  • No one has come up with a definitive answer as to why this should be so.至于为什么该这样,还没有人给出明确的答复。
5 resolute 2sCyu     
  • He was resolute in carrying out his plan.他坚决地实行他的计划。
  • The Egyptians offered resolute resistance to the aggressors.埃及人对侵略者作出坚决的反抗。
6 insufficient L5vxu     
  • There was insufficient evidence to convict him.没有足够证据给他定罪。
  • In their day scientific knowledge was insufficient to settle the matter.在他们的时代,科学知识还不能足以解决这些问题。
7 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
8 scattered 7jgzKF     
  • Gathering up his scattered papers,he pushed them into his case.他把散乱的文件收拾起来,塞进文件夹里。
9 memoir O7Hz7     
  • He has just published a memoir in honour of his captain.他刚刚出了一本传记来纪念他的队长。
  • In her memoir,the actress wrote about the bittersweet memories of her first love.在那个女演员的自传中,她写到了自己苦乐掺半的初恋。
10 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。