The Nation: The Life and Times of the FBI Man

ALMOST all of them are white, middle class and solid. Usually, they are married and own $35,000 to $45,000 houses in stable, often suburban neighborhoods. They tend to avoid taking public stands on political issues and rarely become involved in social causes. Most wear their hair short, dress neatly in business suits and are physically trim. They are the special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and there are now 8,500 of them. Generally conservative, FBI agents believe in a strict adherence to bureau rules.

To qualify for the FBI, prospective agents must be college graduates between the ages of 23...

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