The People Vs J Edgar Hoover

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BBC

The People Vs J Edgar Hoover

5.0/5

Critic Rating

An examination, half a century on from the first director of the FBI's death in office in 1972, of how Hoover's iron grip still permeates contemporary America.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Jun 19, 2022

"This feels like the kind of assured, immaculately assembled historic overview that would only be made — in this country at least — by the BBC. The story it tells is compelling. Maitlis is a terrific presenter: assured, pithy and getting away (just) with campily ratcheting up the drama..."

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Score: 5

Darragh McManus • Independent.ie Jun 18, 2022

"It’s constructed around great old audio footage — a lot of it has that evocative static crackle — of some of those involved in the strange days when Hoover basically turned a huge nation into his own personal peep show."

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Score: 5

Rachel Cunliffe • New Statesman Jun 15, 2022

"This is a story about unaccountable power, and the inability of creaking political structures to react when institutions take on an agenda of their own. But it’s also a story about data. By gathering information on anyone who could be a potential threat or asset to him, an unelected bureaucrat became one of the most powerful men in the land."

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