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 Author

Back in the 1960s, when newbie politician Ronald Reagan was looking to prove himself, he enlisted his buddy J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI to squash the student protest movement at UC Berkeley. Subversives is a detailed, carefully researched history of both the campus counterculture of the time and the illegal and intrusive surveillance to which activists and others were subjected. The author successfully fought the FBI for the release of the files that show the history in this book, even though the bureau spent a million dollars trying to block his access. Read this as a historical document as well as a playbook and warning for anti-activist tactics that are still being used today.