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FRONTLINE; Secret File on J. Edgar Hoover, The

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Secret File on J. Edgar Hoover, The
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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For nearly 50 years, under eight presidents from Coolidge to Nixon, there was only one director of the FBI--J. Edgar Hoover. In the years since his death in 1972, it has become clear that Hoover maintained his power by amassing secret FBI files on the private lives of America's most prominent figures, files he used to control the politicians and presidents who were supposed to control him. Now, a new FRONTLINE investigation reveals that the secrets of Hoover's own private life left this master of political blackmail wide open to blackmail himself. This program reveals that the American Mafia held damaging evidence about Hoover's sex life, including details of his homosexual relationship with Clyde Tolson, Hoover's senior aide at FBI headquarters.

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