Professor Medsger Writes Book 'The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI'

January 13, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Historians have long acknowledged the importance of the break-in, but despite an intensive FBI investigation, the burglars never were identified. Now Betty Medsger, the first journalist to report on the stolen files after she received an anonymous package nearly 43 years ago, has written the first full account of this watershed event, revealing the identities of five burglars and examining why they risked their lives to do it, how they pulled it off and the impact. “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” is an outstanding account that solves one of the greatest crimes in FBI history in more ways than one. Medsger, a former chairwoman of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University, provides a cinematic account of the burglars’ meticulous planning for the break-in, made all the more risky by the inhabited apartments above the FBI office and the 24-hour guard at the courthouse across the street.