"A thrilling takedown of an elite institution ... so readable and relatable that it will speak to the average US citizen."
— Foreword Reviews
It Never Happened: FBI Negligence and Duplicity Revealed from the Inside Out chronicles Barbara Van Driel’s eight-year career as a Special Agent in the FBI, exposing the dysfunctional culture of one of the country's most formidable bureaucracies. With honesty and self-deprecating humor, Van Driel not only paints a searing picture of what it was like to work sensitive cases surrounded by senior agents who had lost their enthusiasm to serve their country and its citizens, but she describes a maddening culture of apathy that rendered the workplace a hostile environment. Diligence and integrity were rewarded with discouragement, resentment, and sexual aggression. Van Driel recounts multiple incidents of shocking sexual predatory behavior that were met with indifference by the established order, exposing an entrenched ethos of conformity and silence in the face of injustice and abuse.
From The author
After many years of contemplation, I wrote It Never Happened: FBI Negligence and Duplicity Revealed from the Inside Out in order to reveal how the Bureau functioned during the early years of the assimilation of women and minorities into the FBI. While in the agency, I was a target of significant sexual predatory behavior and was prevented from properly redressing these abuses. Additionally, I wanted to expose the indolence and negligence of senior agents who worked, at that time, in counterintelligence. My hope is that this honest and penetrating account will inspire others to always adhere to a personal ethic of truth, dignity, and integrity.