Five Myths About J. Edgar Hoover

11/14/2011 04:53 am ET
  • Kenneth D. Ackerman The Washington Post

Dead almost 40 years, J. Edgar Hoover returns to the spotlight as the Clint Eastwood biopic "J. Edgar" opens in theaters this week. Hoover served as director of the FBI for 48 years, holding the job under eight presidents from Calvin Coolidge to Richard M. Nixon. But ask most people about J. Edgar Hoover, and the subject turns to sex. Let's separate fact from fiction in Hoover's legacy.

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