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The last honest man : the CIA, the FBI, the mafia, and the Kennedys--and one senator's fight to save democracy  Cover Image Book Book

The last honest man : the CIA, the FBI, the mafia, and the Kennedys--and one senator's fight to save democracy / by James Risen with Thomas Risen.

Risen, James, (author.). Risen, Tom, (author.).


As witnesses were mysteriously murdered and the FBI, NSA, CIA and even the IRS were on the warpath in 1975, a senator named Frank Church stood almost alone in the face of extraordinary abuses of power.
"Senator Frank Church of Idaho was an unlikely hero. He led congressional opposition to the Vietnam War and had become a scathing, radical critic of what he saw as American imperialism around the world. But he was still politically ambitious, privately yearning for acceptance from the foreign policy establishment that he hated and eager to run for president. Despite his flaws, Church would show historic strength in his greatest moment, when in the wake of Watergate, he was suddenly tasked with investigating abuses of power in the intelligence community. The dark truths that Church exposed--from assassination plots by the CIA, to links between the Kennedy dynasty and the mafia, to the surveillance of civil rights activists by the NSA and FBI--would shake the nation to its core, and forever change the way that Americans thought about not only their government but also their ability to hold it accountable. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of recently declassified documents, and reams of unpublished letters, notes, and memoirs, some of which remain sensitive today, James Risen tells the gripping, untold story of truth and integrity standing against unchecked power--and winning--in this book"-- adapted from book jacket

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  • ISBN: 9780316565134
  • ISBN: 031656513X
  • Physical Description: xi, 467 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-448) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: "Senator Cathedral" -- "If I make no mark elsewhere" (1924-1975) -- "We doubt that any other country would have the courage" (1975) -- "A volcano cannot be capped" (1975-1984) -- Epilogue: "They did great damage".
Subject: Church, Frank, 1924-1984.
Legislators > United States > Biography.
United States. Congress. Senate > Biography.
Political corruption > United States > History > 20th century.
Intelligence service > Corrupt practices > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 1945-1953.
Genre: Biographies.

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