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

by Seth Rosenfeld

Subversives traces the FBI's secret involvement with three iconic figures who clashed 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 all centered on the nation's leading public university. Rosenfeld vividly evokes the campus counterculture, as 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.