To better understand the current state of domestic surveillance and political repression, from Occupy Wall Street to the Edward Snowden revelations, start with this little gem of a book.
—T.J. English, Author of The Savage City and Havana Nocturne
In this masterfully written and extensively researched book, Aaron Leonard with Conor A. Gallagher offers a no-nonsense critical analysis of one of the most resilient, misunderstood, and controversial anti-capitalist organizations of the last fifty years.
—Robeson Taj Frazier, Author of The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination
Threat of the First Magnitude
It is a fascinating history that is also a prescient warning. After reading this book, I can't help but wonder how things might have turned out if the government's informants had never been members of the groups they helped destroy.
—Ron Jacobs, author of The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground and Daydream Sunset: The 60s Counterculture in the 70s
We already knew the FBI spied on "political subversives.” Now Leonard and Gallagher turn a welcome spotlight on the informants who infiltrated deeply — and likely illegally — into radical political groups.
— Scott Martelle, author of Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West and The Fear Within: Spies, Commies and American Democracy on Trial
Folk Singers & The Bureau
A fascinating understanding of the beginnings of the folk music revival through the lens of the particularly zealous FBI. A groundbreaking approach to the post-World War II destructive Red Scare and the numerous folk musicians who were targeted.
—Ronald D. Cohen, author of Roots of the Revival and Rainbow Quest
Historically informed and impressively contextualized, Folk Singers is a dark tale of persecution, paranoia, and valiant resistance to tyranny.
—Will Kaufman, author of Woody Guthrie, American Radical and Mapping Woody Guthrie
Whole World in an Uproar
What happened when HUAC, the FBI, Jim Crow, corporate media outlets, drug warriors, the religious right, and even the Old Left tried to stop a freight train? Drawing on a broad range of sources, including FBI files, Whole World in an Uproar recounts that momentous story.
—Peter Richardson, author of No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead
A fascinating counter-history of the 1960s music revolution through the eyes of the persecutors, paranoiacs, and culture warriors who tried to stop it.
—Dorian Lynskey, author of 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs