P&P Live! Paul Letersky — The Director - in conversation with Chris Whipple

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Monday, July 12, 2021 - 6:00pm

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In 1965, at the beginning of the chaos, twenty-two-year old Paul Letersky was assigned to assist the legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover who’d just turned seventy and had, by then, led the Bureau for an incredible forty-one years. Hoover was a rare and complex man who walked confidently among the most powerful. His personal privacy was more tightly guarded than the secret “files” he carefully collected—and that were so feared by politicians and celebrities. Through Letersky’s close working relationship with Hoover, and the trust and confidence he gained from Hoover’s most loyal senior assistant, Helen Gandy, Paul became one of the few able to enter the Director’s secretive—and sometimes perilous—world.

Since Hoover’s death half a century ago, millions of words have been written about the man and hundreds of hours of TV dramas and A-list Hollywood films produced. But until now, there has been virtually no account from someone who, for a period of years, spent hours with the Director on a daily basis.

Balanced, honest, and keenly observed, The Director, offers a unique inside look at one of the most powerful law enforcement figures in American history.

Paul Letersky is a former FBI agent whose early service included two years working directly for FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as a personal assistant. Letersky would go on to become a Special Agent and participate in events that grabbed national headlines. After leaving the FBI, he became vice president of Pan American World Airways. Letersky lives in Oregon.

Letersky will be in conversation with Chris Whipple, an acclaimed writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and speaker. A multiple Peabody and Emmy Award–winning producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s Primetime, he is the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. He is a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The author of Spymasters, and The Gatekeepers, he was also the executive producer and writer of Showtime’s The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982164706
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Published: Scribner - July 13th, 2021

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