FBI Books: Essential References and Guides for Investigators

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Get an inside look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation with these FBI books.

The FBI is a federal criminal investigative intelligence agency and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). This article provides an overview of the best FBI books that look inside the bureau, its responsibilities, careers, and more.

List of FBI Books

If you’re interested in learning more about how the bureau operates, or if you’re interested in pursuing a career, the following list of FBI books will help you learn about:

  • The FBI’s background and history, including the key people and political figures involved in its formation and evolution
  • The bureau’s mission, purpose, responsibilities, and how they coordinate and interact with other law enforcement agencies 
  • The systems, databases, records, and reports used to run background checks, track people, investigate crimes, catch criminals, and prevent terrorism.
  • The processes, procedures, techniques, and technology used to investigate crimes, solve murders, and bring criminals to justice.
  • Learn how to become a federal agent by getting a job in the FBI. Explore the qualifications, education requirements, and application process.

Mind Hunter is a book that tells the true story of an FBI special forces unit called the ISU – Investigative Support Unit. The ISU works with state and local law enforcement to solve key serial rape and murder cases. The unit helps solve the crimes using a deep understanding of the minds of the murderers.

John Douglas, an expert on the unit with extensive experience in the Bureau, writes the book. Douglas was one of the first to use the concept of personality profiling. This is a recommended book for any true crime collection.

The FBI Career Guide explains the qualifications necessary to become a special agent in the intelligence agency. The book also explains some common mistakes applicants make and how to avoid them during the application process. Learn how to improve your odds of getting hired, network with key people, understand how the job may affect your family life, and get an overview of the typical compensation structure.

In addition to providing advice on getting a job, the book provides helpful career tips for success in the position. You’ll also get an overview of various special operations and tactics and the training involved.

This book reveals secret truths about the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation dating back to the days of J. Edgar Hoover. The book explains why the agency was unprepared for the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

It explains the Federal Bureau’s challenges before the attacks and why their intelligence on terrorist organizations was not up to par. It also provides an overview of how law enforcement agency is working to stop terrorism today.

The FBI Careers book is an excellent guide for anyone pursuing an FBI career. The book provides a historical overview and a description of the intelligence division’s organization. It provides a detailed overview of the compensation package, including the benefits. In addition, the guide explains how to prepare and present yourself as the ideal candidate for a position.

Learn everything from the paperwork/application process to the overall strategy and training associated with various positions. This can help you understand more clearly what the department expects and give you a better sense of whether you’re qualified for the position.

This book was written by investigative reporter Ronald Kessler, who worked for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. The book overviews many essential events and changes within the organization. Also, it explains how the Feds solved several high-profile crimes. In addition, it covers the bureau’s hi-tech solutions and some of the challenges they face.

The author also wrote a similar book called “Inside the CIA,” available on Amazon. If you’d like to learn more about the CIA, visit the CIA books page.

More Information

For more information, visit our FBI information page. If you have any questions about these FBI books, please comment below. Also, learn about other Federal Government Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions, and Departments.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.


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