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Subversives

The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power
Rosenfeld, Seth (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"A narrative report on the FBI's covert involvement with future President Ronald Reagan, radical Mario Savio and liberal university president Clark Kerr to suppress the 1960s student movement at Berkeley reveals J. Edgar Hoover's campaign of planted news stories, illegal break-ins and other acts designed to undermine the Democratic party." - Publishers description.
Authors: Rosenfeld, Seth, 1956-
Title: Subversives
the FBI's war on student radicals, and Reagan's rise to power
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: viii, 734 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Contents: PART THREE : The rise of Reagan
The Governor's race
The Peace Trip Dance
Sources on campus
Landslide
Fired with enthusiasm
Obey the rules
A key activist
At Bayonet Point
People's Park
Epilouge : The aftermath
Appendix : My fight for the FBI files
PART TWO : Student Radicals
The Police car
The Free speech movement
A Leak to the press
Sit-in at Sproul Hall
No evidence
An angry young man
Vietnam Day
PART ONE : The FBI on Campus
Spies in the Hills
The Responsibilites program
The Undertaker
The Rise of Clark Kerr
The Essay question
Protest at City Hall
Communist target - youth
The Trial of Robert Meisenbach
An eye-opener
The FBI story
Summary: "A narrative report on the FBI's covert involvement with future President Ronald Reagan, radical Mario Savio and liberal university president Clark Kerr to suppress the 1960s student movement at Berkeley reveals J. Edgar Hoover's campaign of planted news stories, illegal break-ins and other acts designed to undermine the Democratic party." - Publishers description.
ISBN: 0374257000
9780374257002
Statement of Responsibility: Seth Rosenfeld
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [677]-687) and index
Subject Headings: California Politics and government 1951- Subversive activities California Berkeley History College students Political activity California Berkeley History Student movements California Berkeley History United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation University of California, Berkeley Students History Reagan, Ronald
Topical Term: Subversive activities
College students
Student movements
LCCN: 2011041204
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Mar 14, 2013
  • binational rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding investigative reporting. I lived through these times, though on the other coast. This is a long book - 500 pages - but I could not put it down. It is also a difficult topic - the origin of the ongoing culture wars. Yet the author manages to approach it in a very even-handed way, showing the warts on all sides without dehumanizing anyone. The book benefits from the release of previously classified FBI documents that reveal hitherto hidden - but critical - parts of the story. Reading this will not only sweep away some misconceptions about the period, but also help understand present day USA.

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