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Seth Rosenfeld    

Freelance Journalist and Author of "Subversives"

Seth Rosenfeld is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco and author of the best-selling book "Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power," published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Subversives traces the FBI's secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal University of California president Clark Kerr.

Through these converging narratives, Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters and secret detention lists. He reveals how the FBI's covert operations -- led by Reagan's friend J. Edgar Hoover -- helped ignite an era of student protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically. At the same time, he vividly evokes the life of Berkeley in the early sixties -- and shows how the university community became a battleground in an epic struggle between the government and free citizens.


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