Tuesday, September 25, 2012


The FBI's Obscene File: J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureau's Crusade Against Smut, written by Douglas M. Charles, was published in April by the University Press of Kansas.

Illuminating this largely neglected aspect of FBI history, Charles charts the evolution of the Bureau’s efforts to combat the spread of obscenity and its perceived insidious effects. He contends that, especially during the five decades under J. Edgar Hoover, these efforts became a surprisingly high priority and at times were expressly wielded for political ends, even as Hoover hid the file from public view in order to preserve the Bureau’s squeaky-clean image.

See the University Press of Kansas catalog by author, subject, title, or series at www.kansaspress.ku.edu.

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