“Subversives will shock even those who’ve become used to the national security state and its excesses. …Seth Rosenfeld restores the California tradition of courageous muckraking of Lincoln Steffens, and the sharp indictment of the powerful that we associate with Jack London.” — Ishmael Reed
In the mid-1960’s, the F.B.I. was secretly involved with three iconic figures… Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Subversives traces these converging narratives, creating 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 Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley. Rosenfeld vividly evokes the Berkeley of that era- its rising counterculture animated by the civil rights movement, antiwar protests, such literary lights as Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, and Gary Snyder, plus rock-n-roll and drugs galore.
“Subversives is more than a documentary history—it has the insight that comes only with relentless reporting. This book is the classic history of our most powerful police agency and one of the most influential political figures of our time secretly joining forces.” —Lowell Bergman, investigative journalist for The New York Times and Frontline
“He has put an important piece of our history on the record in a darker, more complete way than ever before.” —Adam Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost
Seth Rosenfeld was for many years an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, where his writing about the Free Speech Movement won seven national awards. His articles have won the George Polk Award and several other major journalism awards, in addition to a special citation from Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Richard Wolinsky is a veteran host and producer of Bookwaves on KPFA, a series of stimulating personal interviews with major authors.
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