By John Freivalds
Paranoia is not patriotism.
That is the conclusion of “Enemies,” a new book by Tim Weiner about J. Edgar Hoover, the former head of the FBI. According to Weiner, Hoover suffered from paranoia (Webster’s definition: a mental disorder characterized by delusions ascribing hostile intentions to other persons) and saw communists and assorted bad guys under every bed and kept a file on everyone, including me, by the way.
Freivalds runs a communications firm in Lexington.