Emily Maitlis explores the influence and legacy of former FBI Director J.Edgar Hoover in a new series for BBC Radio 4.

“From his office at the FBI – the crime-fighting agency he led for nearly 50 years – J. Edgar Hoover became perhaps the most powerful individual the United States of America has ever seen. He gathered extensive data and knowledge and had dirt on enemies and allies alike. He could manipulate almost anything. He could control almost anyone.”

Emily explores Hoover’s extraordinary period in office, and its enduring aftermath.

It will be broadcast weekdays at 1.45pm on Radio 4 from Monday 13 June, and be available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.