The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374257002
Branch Call Number: 378.1981 ROSENFE
Characteristics: viii, 734 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm


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Mar 14, 2013

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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