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

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

Seth Rosenfeld


"Electrifying."―The long island Times Book Review
"Encyclopedic and compelling."―The New Yorker

A New York Times Bestseller
A Christian technology Monitor top Non-Fiction publication of the Year
A Kirkus studies Best Non-Fiction e-book of the Year
Winner of the PEN middle united states publication Award
Winner of the Ridenhour e-book Prize
Winner of the Society newshounds' Sunshine Award
Winner of earlier than Columbus Foundations's American ebook Award

Subversives strains the FBI's mystery involvement with 3 iconic figures who clashed at Berkeley throughout the Sixties: the formidable neophyte flesh presser Ronald Reagan, the fierce yet fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal college president Clark Kerr. via those converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and worrying tale of FBI surveillance, unlawful break-ins, infiltration, planted information tales, poison-pen letters, and mystery detention lists all founded at the nation's prime public college. Rosenfeld vividly conjures up the campus counterculture, as he finds how the FBI's covert operations―led by way of Reagan's good friend J. Edgar Hoover―helped ignite an period of protest, undermine the Democrats, and gain Reagan in my opinion and politically.

The FBI spent greater than $1 million attempting to block the discharge of the key documents on which Subversives is predicated, yet Rosenfeld forced the bureau to bare greater than 300,000 pages, offering a unprecedented view of what the govt was once as much as in the course of a turning element in our nation.

Part historical past, half biography, and half police procedural, Subversives reads like a true-crime secret because it presents a clean examine the legacy of the Sixties, sheds new gentle on certainly one of America's most well-liked presidents, and tells a cautionary story concerning the hazards of unchecked secrecy and power.

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