The Fall of the FBI: How a Once Great Agency Became a Threat to Democracy (Hardcover)
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An FBI veteran explains how the Mueller–Comey cabal turned the FBI from a “swear to tell the truth” law-enforcement agency to a politicized intelligence organization.
Americans have lost faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an institution they once regarded as the world’s greatest law-enforcement agency. Thomas Baker spent many years with the FBI and is deeply troubled by this loss of faith. Specific lapses have come to light and each is thoroughly discussed in this book: Why did they happen? What changed? The answer begins days after the 9/11 attacks when the FBI underwent a significant change in culture.
To understand how far the Bureau has fallen, this book shows the crucial role played by the FBI and its agents in past decades. It was quite often, as the reader will see from these firsthand experiences, a fun-filled adventure with exciting skyjackings, kidnappings, and bank robberies. At the same time, the reader will see the reverence the Bureau had for the Constitution and the concern agents held for the rights of each American.
This book is not mere memoir—it is history. From the shooting of President Reagan and the death of Princess Diana to the TWA 800 crash and even getting marching orders from St. Mother Teresa, Baker’s story shows how the FBI has played a pivotal role in our country’s history.
About the Author
Thomas J. Baker has over thirty-three years of investigative and management experience as an FBI Special Agent. He has experience with police management and training issues, having served as a management instructor at the FBI academy.
His international experience is extensive. He served as the Legal Attaché in Canberra, Australia, and Paris, France. He was the American security representative to the Calgary Winter Olympics and was commended by the Canadian government for his role in the event.
As the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, he was one of the first agents on the scene of President Reagan’s shooting; Tom directed the FBI’s initial response to that crisis.
Tom has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, a MPA in Police Science from John Jay College, and he completed the Senior Command Course at the Police Staff College in Bramshill, England. Tom and his wife, Anne, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Colorado Rockies where they enjoy skiing, fishing, and hiking.
“There are a million stories in the life of an FBI Agent. Some can be, some should be, and others the FBI hopes are never told. Tom Baker, in his compelling book, The Fall of the FBI takes the reader through highlights of his remarkable career and offers an insight to what the FBI has meant to America. He also tells the story of other, more recent incidents, that do not reflect what the FBI has been. He offers suggestions on what must be done to restore this storied institution back to where it should be to protect, not sully, our nation.”
— Richard A. Marquise, former FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge, author of Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation
“For those of us who grew up admiring the FBI and were shocked by the agency’s behavior in the Russia Hoax, this is the book to read. Thomas Baker, a retired FBI official, tells us why this happened, how an American legend was gradually unraveled by incompetent management, dishonesty, and loss of, well, decency itself. Mr. Baker grew up in the agency, and in the old style rose to the management level, only to see his and his colleagues’ work devalued by the likes of James Comey and his coterie. Now we have an FBI that spies on Americans. It’s time for Congress to investigate and return the FBI to its former level of respect.”
— Peter J. Wallison, former White House Counsel, author Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency
“Tom Baker’s book is a must-read for those desiring to witness firsthand the career of a legendary FBI agent, as he brings the reader along from his days at the FBI Academy and beyond: kidnappings, airplane hijackings, espionage… even the attempted assassination of a sitting president. The author then tackles the thorny issues plaguing the FBI today, recognizing his beloved Bureau is ‘drifting away from its law enforcement moorings.’ Tom Baker’s stories are compelling, his insight is enlightening, and his conclusions are cogent.”
— Greg Dillon, former FBI agent, author of The Thin Blue Lie: An Honest Cop vs. The FBI
“Baker’s must-read book is both timely and critical for the turbulent times in which we live. A touchstone for FBI historians and law enforcement organizations alike, The Fall of the FBI is essential reading and should be considered one of the most powerful and thought-provoking FBI books ever written!”
— Kenneth Strange Jr., former FBI and DOJ Special Agent in Charge, author of A Cop’s Son: One G-Man's Fight Against Jihad, Global Fraud and the Cartels
“The failures and political corruption of the FBI have become undeniable in recent years. The incredible insight from Thomas Baker’s thirty-three-year career at the Bureau and his eye-opening reporting make The Fall of the FBI a book only he could have written, and it’s essential reading for the rest of us who want to know what went wrong and wonder if the FBI can be saved.”
— Mollie Hemingway, Editor in Chief of The Federalist, author of Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court
“Thomas J. Baker’s more than three decades of distinguished service in the FBI validates his participation in major historic events and views of a declining Bureau. A thousand former FBI Agents wish they had the courage displayed by Tom in writing The Fall of the FBI. He reveals not only one or two former Bureau bad apples but his writing skill has the reader nearly smelling the stench of an entire orchard rotting in decay. A deeply researched serious work of nonfiction, it is a must read for all concerned with preserving our democracy.”
— Paul Letersky, former FBI Special Agent, author of The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover
“Tom Baker is a legend in the FBI: the first agent on the scene of the Reagan assassination attempt, wizened veteran of hundreds of other criminal cases, large and small. When he writes on the calling and compromise of the FBI’s institutional culture, as in his frequent commentary for the Wall Street Journal and here, in The Fall of the FBI, Baker commands unrivaled authority—and the undistracted attention of all patriots who care whether the United States remains a nation of laws.”
— James Rosen, chief White House correspondent for Newsmax, author of The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate
“Tom Baker, a retired FBI agent who enjoyed a wide-ranging and successful career, describes the chaos that led to the decline of the FBI in recent years. The Fall of the FBI is both entertaining and informative and centers on the turmoil that has engulfed the FBI. Baker sheds light on Director Bob Mueller’s disastrous culture change and Director Jim Comey’s failed leadership in the Russia Collusion case.”
— Joe Wolfinger, former FBI Assistant Director, author of Rico: How Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Mob Destroyed one of the FBI’s Finest Special Agents
“An interesting and insightful look into the FBI. This book will give the reader a better understanding of the inner workings of the FBI and integrity of some Agents and the lack of it in other Agents. A very powerful read.”
— Joe Pistone, former FBI agent, author of Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia