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Winner of the New-York Historical Society’s 2023 Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize

Winner of the Organization of American Historians 2023 Ellis W. Hawley Prize

Winner of the 43rd Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography

Finalist for the 2023 ABA Silver Gavel Award in Books, the 2023 Mark Lynton History Prize, and the Biographers International Organization 2022 Plutarch Award

The New York Times “TOP 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2022”

The Atlantic “Top 10 Books of the Year”

The Washington Post “Top Ten Books of 2022”

Publishers Weekly * “Top Ten Books of 2022”

Smithsonian Magazine “The Ten Best History Books of 2022”

“Revelatory…an acknowledgment of the complexities that made Hoover who he was, while charging the turbulent currents that eventually swept him aside.”The New York Times

“[A] crisply written, prodigiously researched, and frequently astonishing new biography”The New Yorker

“Gage’s penetrating account of Hoover’s career, especially his many long-eclipsed triumphs, offers a well-timed and sobering perspective as yet another institution in our fractured country struggles to maintain trust.” The Atlantic

“Gage’s triumph is her deft navigation through Hoover’s ‘deep state,’ while reminding us of the abuse of power that remains his enduring legacy.”—The Boston Globe

“Judicious… make[s] you realize…Hoover’s half-century of immense influence rested on his mastery of a very American art–the crafting of his image.” –Adan Hochschild, The Nation

“Gage has done a service to history with this clear-eyed portrait of a man who was, for better and for worse, very much an American of his century.”The American Scholar

“This is a monumental work about power, responsibility, and democracy itself. With deep research, an engaging voice, and penetrating insights, Beverly Gage has crafted a portrait of a man and a country in all its complexity and contradiction. To understand who we are, Gage argues, we need to understand the rise and reign of J. Edgar Hoover. And this book is now an indispensable element in the unending work of grasping the nature of our flawed nation.” —Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

“Beverly Gage has created a masterwork of biography that reveals the contradictions of the American Century through a man who embodied nearly all of them. Those seeking to understand the conservative movement, American authoritarianism and backlash to progress will find much here, as will those interested in liberalism and the transformative power of government.
Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together

“Captivating…Nuanced, incisive, and exhaustive, this is the definitive portrait of one of 20th-century America’s most consequential figures.”Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A welcome reevaluation of a law enforcement legend.”Kirkus Reviews

An incomparable portrait of one of the most influential and reviled figures in American history. In stunning detail, Beverly Gage presents J. Edgar Hoover’s complex life and career within the wider political contexts and cultural value systems that facilitated his rise to power—and his notorious, often discriminatory abuses of that power—as FBI director for nearly a half century. This extraordinary biography raises critical questions about the scope of police authority, the contours of citizenship, and the limits of democracy that strongly resonate.”  
-Elizabeth Hinton, author of America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s
“Good biographers know that their first obligation is to understand their subject, and only then to commend or condemn.  That’s long seemed impossible for J. Edgar Hoover, who shrouded himself in secrecy while publicizing the organization he led.  Beverly Gage, however, has found her way, triumphantly, through Hoover’s contradictions.  G-Man is rigorously researched, vividly written, and, most remarkably, fair.  It will long remain the definitive account.”
— John Lewis Gaddis, author of George F. Kennan:  An American Life

“What hath Hoover wrought? No one has answered that question as exhaustively or as astutely as the inimitable Beverly Gage. Hoover, at long last, has met his match. G-Man is unflinching, incisive, and riveting, part biography, part political thriller, and much more: an essential new history of twentieth-century America.
—Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States
“Essential reading for those who care about government power and constraint—which should be all of us. In clear, accessible writing, Beverly Gage offers a thorough and fair-minded appraisal of the twentieth century’s most powerful American, one whose legacy and shadow still hang over Washington. We should know this history, or be condemned to repeat it.”
—James Comey, former director, FBI, and author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

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