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

ISBN-10: 1250033381
ISBN-13: 9781250033383
Edition: N/A
Authors: Seth Rosenfeld
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 7/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

How Reagan and Hoover colluded to suppress the inspired student movement at Berkeley in the Sixties - told in full for the first timeSubversives traces the FBI's secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Through these converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters, and secret detention lists. He reveals how the FBI's covert operations - led by Reagan's friend J. Edgar Hoover - helped ignite an era of protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically. At the same time, he vividly evokes the life of Berkeley in the early sixties - and shows how the university community, a site of the forward-looking idealism of the period, became a battleground in an epic struggle between the government and free citizens.The FBI spent more than $1 million trying to block the release of the secret files on which Subversives is based, but Rosenfeld compelled the bureau to release more than 250,000 pages, providing an extraordinary view of what the government was up to during a turning point in our nation's history. Part history, part biography, and part police procedural, Subversives reads like a true-crime mystery as it provides a fresh look at the legacy of the sixties, sheds new light on one of America's most popular presidents, and tells a cautionary tale about the dangers of secrecy and unchecked power.

Preface
Map: Berkeley in the 1960s
Prologue: A Meeting at the Governor's Mansion
The FBI on Campus
Spies in the Hills
The Responsibilities 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
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
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
Epilogue: The Aftermath
Appendix to the 2013 Edition: My Fight for the FBI Fifes
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Documents, Interviews, and Other Sources
Acknowledgments
Index
A photographic insert follows page

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